New York Times public editor Liz Spayd said Friday night that she believed certain tweets authored by Times journalists during the campaign were "over the line" and should have been met with "some kind of a consequence."
The comments came during an exchange with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who read three particular tweets to her on his show.
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Those tweets came from investigative reporter Eric Lipton, Jerusalem Bureau Chief Peter Baker, and reporter Liam Stack (it should be noted Stack merely tweeted the headline of a story from The Atlantic):
White House as QVC. It has started. pic.twitter.com/jk0DeQJ9vV
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) November 15, 2016
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) November 21, 2016
The Electoral College was meant to stop men like Trump from taking office https://t.co/sOSV2X57PZ
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) November 22, 2016
"Are you kidding? These are news reporters saying this stuff," Carlson said of the tweets.
"Yes, I think that's outrageous," Spayd agreed. "I think that that should not be. They shouldn't be tweeted and they shouldn't -- and it does concern me that that would be."
That answer did not quell Carlson, who went on to bring up tweets by Michael Barbaro, a New York Times reporter and host of The Run-Up, a Times' political podcast, and another from Baker:
We had fearless journalism throughout 2016. Voters wanted they wanted. https://t.co/Qqs08OJ5Wo
— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) November 9, 2016
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) December 2, 2016
Carlson said that the tweets sent the message that "we tried to keep this guy from getting elected, but did anyways."
"That suggests they don't understand the mission of a newspaper, which is to bring you the news, not to affect the outcome of a political race," Carlson concluded.
The Fox News host asked why the reporters had not been disciplined.
"Where are the editors here?" he asked. "I mean, if my -- you know, If I was the New York Times and my editors were tweeting crap like that, I would say you stop that right now or I'm firing you. Why don't they do that?"
"I don't know," Spayd replied. "I don't know that any of those people should be fired, but I do think that when people go over the line like that, and I think some of those are over the line, that there ought to be some kind of a consequence for that."
The Times, simultaneously, has seen its subscriptions spike amid Trump's criticism.
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