NEW YORK, NY: In the wake of a major scandal, The New York Times announced the resignation of its top editors last week.
Executive editor Howell Raines and managing editor Gerald Boyd resigned even as internal investigations tried to determine how reporter Jayson Blair falsified dozens of stories during his tenure at the Times.
The crisis had already led to the resignations of Blair and another reporter. And many watchdogs gave good odds that it would also take down Raines, who had been portrayed as a divisive figure during his tenure.
The Times' press release, which also announced the return of former executive editor Joseph Lelyveld to an interim role, made no mention of the Blair saga. But an internal memo, penned by publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., referred "to the events of the last month."
Crisis expert Ed Moed, managing partner at Peppercom, said the move "was necessary for them to take a fresh start so they have the ability to regain their credibility."
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