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A number of readers have sent me the letter the NYTimes has been sending people who write in about the report that the paper has been digging into the John Roberts’s family adoption records (see here and here).

Dear Reader,

Thanks for writing to us.

While the public editor does not usually get involved in pre-publication

matters, Bill Keller, the executive editor of the paper, told us that he

would not stand for any gratuitous reporting about the Roberts’s children.

He said that as an adoptive parent he is particularly sensitive about this

issue.

In addition, a senior editor at the paper wrote, “In the case of Judge

Roberts’s family, our reporters made initial inquiries about the adoptions,

as they did about many other aspects of his background. They did so with

great care, understanding the sensitivity of the issue. We did not order up

an investigation of the adoptions. We have not pursued the issue after the

initial inquiries, which detected nothing irregular about the adoptions.”

Sincerely,

Joe Plambeck

Office of the Public Editor

The New York Times

The Times doesn’t, however, explain to me how his children are relevant at all.

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