It was the latest in a series of sensational mistakes that embarrassed James Bennet since he was named publisher of The Times & Opinion in 2016, and has been the subject of controversy, criticism, and at least one lawsuit.
A Times spokesman declined to provide Bennet for an interview for this story, but defended the section "Opinion" by referring to his talented authors and the good work they have done in Making Life Difference People, ranging from the groundbreaking ongoing privacy project, to an editorial series on laws that value a fetus beyond the mother's life, to an article by Alysia Montaño in front of the camera that led to a number of companies changing their lives Contracts with women athletes to protect women during and after pregnancy, "the Times spokesman said in a statement to CNN Business." The variety and quality of this work is appreciated not only by readers but also by peers. "
But while the opinion has undoubtedly produced a great deal of work in the years since Bennet's inauguration, it has been Also responsible for some of the biggest black-eye journalists at The Times at this time.
The claim in the book depended on the memory of a classmate from Yale who told The Times that he contacted the FBI and lawmakers during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing. Yale's classmate, who is now a prominent lawyer, has refused to publicly comment, according to The Times.
The book "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh," however, contained an important detail missing from the essay published by the Times: The Focus on the Woman, who had been a student at the time of the incident. declined to be interviewed. In addition, her friends said she had not remembered the incident.
In addition to this omission of vital information, The Times & # 39; Opinion Desk also came under fire for a tweet that had been published to promote the story. The tweet said that "a jab at a party in a drunken dorm can seem like harmless fun."
"The book reports that the student declined to be interviewed, and friends say she does not remember the incident," the publisher's note says. "This information has been added to the article."
The weekend flub was one of a series of botched stories.