Thursday, August 31, 2017

New York Times "Forgot" to Mention in Profile That New Uber CEO is a Member of the NYT Board of Directors

The Intercept has the play-by-play on Dara Khosrowshahi, of the very curious Khosrowshahi family, and the NYT profile:
 On Tuesday, ride-sharing company Uber announced the hiring of Dara Khosrowshahi to be its new CEO, replacing Travis Kalanick. Khosrowshahi, an Iranian immigrant, previously spent 12 years as CEO of travel company Expedia.

He is also a member of the board of directors of the Times Company, a position he has held since 2015.

After the announcement, Times reporter Mike Isaac wrote a lengthy tick-tock of the Khosrowshahi hiring, but he did not disclose that the new CEO was a member of the Times Company’s board. The paper did disclose the relationship in other profiles of Khosrowshahi.

Linda Zebian, the Times Company’s executive director of communications, released a statement to The Intercept: “The fact that Dara Khosrowshahi is a board member of The New York Times Company will indeed be disclosed in every relevant article moving forward (the fact that it was not disclosed in the Aug. 29 article was an error, which we regret).” She added that “Mr. Khosrowshahi’s appointment will have no impact on our Uber coverage,” which suggests the new Uber CEO will not be stepping down from the board anytime soon.

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