Friday’s New York Times included the following Editor’s Note on the paper’s Op Ed page: “An Op-Ed article on Tuesday discussing the vulnerability of the proposed Freedom Tower to terrorist attack should have included additional information about the writer, Daniel Benjamin. Mr. Benjamin was once paid to serve as an expert witness on Al Qaeda in a lawsuit involving Larry A. Silverstein, the developer of the tower. Although the lawsuit had nothing to do with the Freedom Tower, that relationship should.”
That editor’s note represents responsible journalism. Why does the Times consistently fail to apply the same conflict of interest disclosure policy to its medical news reports and opinion columns by guest writers?