It seems that the New York Times isn't willing to transfer lessons it learned (we hope) from the Judith Miller fiasco to its sports pages. At least one Miller lesson should have been that when a reporter becomes involved with newsmakers, disclose it -- and early. But the Times, according to E & P, is refusing to explain why it referred to one of its sports reporters as "the other man" in a story about charges of sexual harassment against NHL Rangers PR Director Jason Vogel. A Rangers cheerleader has accused Vogel and "the other man" of cornering and propositioning her at a NY bar.
Besides obvious questions about why the NYT didn't disclose the involvement of its reporter in the incident it reported, this incident also brings up ethical questions about the coziness of source-reporter relationships.