Times Tells Inside Story of Spitzer Scoop

Staffers won't say how paper got scoop, butwill dish on 'Kristen,' other angles
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 14, 2008 4:55 PM CDT
New York State Gov. Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation amid a prostitution scandal as wife Silda looks on, Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in his offices in New York City.    (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
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(Newser) – With the New York Times in the spotlight for breaking the Eliot Spitzer story, the paper’s urban-affairs correspondent tackles a flood of reader questions, ranging from whether Hillary Clinton will still get Spitzer’s superdelegate vote (“she loses it”) to how the Times got the story in the first place (“we do not discuss anything on sensitive reporting”).

The paper's "voluminous coverage” has captivated not only New Yorkers but the worlds of politics and journalism. Philip B. Corbett leads a team of staffers in answering questions ranging from why the Times identified the prostitute ("finding out more about her was of intense public interest") to why it used the term "resign" when Spitzer technically remains governor through Monday ("clarity and common sense").