‘NY Times’ Won’t Debate Fox News On Film Flap

By: E & P Staff

In a letter sent to E & P Monday night, The New York Times chose not to fire back at Fox News, which earlier in the day had accused the paper of “corrupt” journalistic practices and collaborating in copyright infringement. “We don’t get into debates about our news coverage,” Toby Usnik, director of public relations for The New York Times Company, wrote.

The charges emerged in Fox’s official response to a Times Magazine story on Sunday about the new film, “Outfoxed,” which is highly critical of Fox News channel. In that story, the Times printed brief excerpts from internal Fox memos.

“If someone tells us we made a factual error, we will examine the question closely,” Usnik wrote, obviously suggesting this was not yet the case in this matter. “Otherwise our coverage speaks for itself.”

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