Fact-checkers immediately identified a number of whoppers in the piece, while various members of the media questioned the newspaper’s decision to run it at all. Whether it’s written by the president or a writer toiling in obscurity, the critics argued, the editorial standards still apply.
“The president does not have a free pass,” former New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal told CNN. “Our standard at the Times was that we do not print things that we knew not to be true, whether it was a letter, an editorial, a column or an op-ed. If a letter writer said something that was false, we would require them to correct or we wouldn’t run it.”
Marjorie Pritchard, the op-ed page editor at the Boston Globe, echoed that.