Updates in Allen accusations
Even in the unofficial court of public opinion, everyone gets to speak in his or her defense. Filmmaker Woody Allen has requested that chance from the New York Times, in order to respond to accusations of sexual abuse by his adopted daughter. "In a rare exception, NY Times may publish OpEd response from Woody Allen on Dylan Farrow’s open letter," public editor Margaret Sullivan explained on Twitter.
Tech columnist Farhad Manjoo approved. "The NYT used to be pretty opaque to outsiders. Thanks in part to @Sulliview, it's becoming less and less so," Manjoo tweeted. New York Magazine's Jessica Pressler seemed less enthusiastic, remarking, "Didn't think this could get ickier but ..."
Meanwhile, The Wrap is reporting that the LA Times had a shot at publishing an editorial of Farrow's account before the NYT did, but the newspaper's editor nixed it. "Cue media think pieces on conspiracy, on sloppy seconds," predicted Josh Sternberg at Digiday.