2009-06-26 / Letters

Another Times 'Scoop'

Dear Editor,

Another 'scoop' by the New York Times. Headlines for all!

David S. Rohde, A New York Times reporter known for making investigative trips deep inside dangerous conflict zones (with a secretary and chauffeur) escaped from militant captors (who had abandoned the area) after more than seven months in captivity (traveling with the Taliban) in Afghanistan and Pakistan by climbing over a wall and then "finding" a Pakistan Army Scout who took them back to "civilization." The background is little murky.

Rohde was writing a book. Working now for the New York Times he used to work for the Christian Science Monitor. When he and his assistant escaped his chauffeur apparently decided to stay behind—so he may have been Taliban or Rohde ran out on him. In any case the real story is the absence of one.

Apparently the New York Times and media in general decided, on purpose and with forethought, to keep quiet on this man's abduction. One must wonder what stories and information were actually kept from us by the New York Times and others in order to pacify these people. Did it go farther? Did they print things they normally would not have in order to help their employee?

Consider then more widely other questions:

Why did the New York Times decide to take over the Boston Globe? It gets complicated here and involves Bloomberg News Service, the Mayor of New York, Bernard Madoff, the destruction of the Boston Stock Exchange and billions of dollars in ad revenue, business and strange dealings that have never been really explained.

The stories just never appeared. It's obvious there is interest in these items—but perhaps by mutual agreement this information has been simply deemed not suitable for print.

Have you seen any articles in the New York Times really critical of Mayor Bloomberg lately? He forced election law changes in order to stay in office yet the Times stays quiet— well, not quite silent—the other day they had a front page story about the Mayor's golf game.

Well, Rohde is free—but was that ever really an issue? Mr. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger and the New York Times own nearly two dozen regional newspapers in the United States.

Their motto is "All the news that's fit to print." Do you think it should be changed to, "All the news we feel like telling you?" Can we please have some stories to address these issues? What exactly happened to the Boston Stock Exchange? What stories or support, if any, were provided by Bloomberg Information Services? Essentially— what's been going on?

ALFRED BROCK

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