ACSH received a response from The New York Times Public Editor Art Brisbane regarding our request for a correction to John Collins Rudolf’s blog on Walmart’s ban of PDBE flame retardants. In it, Mr. Rudolf identified ACSH as an “industry-financed group” and implied that our own Jody Manley was a “chemical lobbyist.” Mr. Brisbane responded with:
... [The Times] does not publish "clarifications," which might be a better vehicle for the question you raise.
I'm sorry not to be of greater service to you in this instance … Typically, I look for issues that carry broad implications for Times journalism and, if I conclude that the issue you raise emerges as one of those, I may be back in touch on this.
“Mr. Brisbane clearly fudged the lobbyist excuse to avoid issuing a correction,” says ACSH's Dr. Gilbert Ross, “so we shall issue it for him. By his standards, every not-for-profit group can be identified as a lobbying group. Would The Times dare to call the Harvard School of Public Health environmental lobbyists?”