Given the NYT editors’ rhetoric in the past regarding the NSA’s terrorist surveillance program, it would have been easy for them to overlook Judicial Watch’s original report about Judge Taylor’s potential conflict of interest. However, today’s editorial rightly mentions it:
When Judge Anna Diggs Taylor was given the job of deciding whether the Bush administration’s wiretapping program was unconstitutional, she certainly understood that she would be ruling on one of the most politically charged cases in recent history. So it would have been prudent for her to disclose any activity that might conceivably raise questions about her ability to be impartial.
The NYT has never been shy in expressing their disagreement with the wiretapping program, so it’s good (if slightly surprising) that they decided to not only acknowledge, but also admonish, Judge Taylor’s behavior.