Two weeks ago, I excoriated The New York Times for canceling its Green blog a month after it had dismantled its environment desk and reassigned its editors and reporters to other desks—some, to other beats.

My post got a lot attention, and many commentators noted that my criticism was “harsh,” which it was. Among other things, I called the decision to eliminate the blog a “terrible idea,” and I stand by that. But two of my barbs went too far.

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