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NYT Pays $114K To Singapore Leaders

From a conflicted Reuters:

New York Times pays damages to Singapore’s leaders

March 24, 2010

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The New York Times Co apologized to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew on Wednesday and paid S$160,000 ($114,000) in damages for an article about Asian political dynasties.

An apology in the opinion section of the New York Times’ website said that any inference that Lee Hsien Loong "did not achieve his position through merit," was unintended.

The article, entitled "All in the Family," was published on February 15 in the International Herald Tribune (IHT), the global edition of The New York Times.

Lee Hsien Loong is the son of independent Singapore’s first leader, Lee Kuan Yew. The New York Times also apologized to Goh Chok Tong, who succeeded the older Lee as prime minister.

Davinder Singh, the lawyer acting for the leaders, told Reuters that the IHT’s publisher, editor of global editions, and the article’s author, Philip Bowring, also agreed to pay damages of S$60,000 to Lee Hsien Loong, and S$50,000 each to Goh Chok Tong and Lee Kuan Yew, as well as pay their legal costs.

Singh said the article was "libellous" [sic] and the Singapore leaders had demanded an apology, damages and costs

Man, if the publishers of the New York Times owe these obscure politicians in Singapore $114,000 — think how much do they owe the Republican Party? Conservatives? The US military? Our intelligence agencies?

The country as a whole?

Are there any supercomputers large enough to calculate the damage The Times has done?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “NYT Pays $114K To Singapore Leaders”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    The Wall Street Journal has just added a sport section.
    Who needs the Times?

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