Fox News Compares New York Times Email Mishap to the Anthony Weiner Sexting Scandal

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In a mishap that sent tremors through the media consciousness, the New York Times earlier today sent out an email that was first attributed to spam, possibly a hack, and then acknowledged to be from the Times. It was supposed to go to 300 subscribers; instead it went to 8 million. It was, as they say, an accident. But was it, as FoxNews writes, the New York Times's Anthony Weiner moment? Let us investigate the email. It went like this:

Dear Home Delivery Subscriber,

Our records indicate that you recently requested to cancel your home delivery subscription. Please keep in mind when your delivery service ends, you will no longer have unlimited access to NYTimes.com and our NYTimes apps.

We do hope you'll reconsider.

As a valued Times reader we invite you to continue your current subscription at an exclusive rate of 50% off for 16 weeks. This is a limited-time offer and will no longer be valid once your current subscription ends.*

Continue your subscription and you'll keep your free, unlimited digital access, a benefit available only for our home delivery subscribers. You'll receive unlimited access to NYTimes.com on any device, full access to our smartphone and iPad® apps, plus you can now share your unlimited access with a family member.†

To continue your subscription call 1-877-698-0025 and mention code 38H9H (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. E.D.T.).

Innocuous enough, easily deletable, and having absolutely nothing to do with a sexy tweet possibly containing the personal and private agenda of a married politician. (For reference, click here [NSFW].)

Would the email have been even the slightest bit sexy, we would have kept it for posterity! Instead, we quickly interpreted as either a mistake or spam, deleted, and moved on. But the damage had been done, apparently. Not only did the Times email irresponsibly, they tried to cover it up!

FoxNews reports:

When former congressman Anthony Weiner's embarrassing photos emerged in June, he promptly lied, dissembled, and did everything possible to cover up the story. The Times appears to have a similar strategy.

First the paper tweeted that users should simply ignore the email -- it came from someone else.

After an hour of confusion, misinformation and mistakes, The New York Times' corporate communication department offered a mea culpa. The email was, in fact, simply a mistake.

JUST LIKE WHAT HAPPENED WITH ANTHONY WEINER.

Now the Times is in damage control mode and has sent this apology, while we, much like the many recipients of Anthony Weiner's Twitter missives (except the ones getting book deals) and Anthony Weiner himself may have felt, just want the whole thing to go away.

Dear New York Times Reader,

You may have received an e-mail today from The New York Times with the subject line "Important information regarding your subscription."

This e-mail was sent by us in error. Please disregard the message. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Sincerely,

The New York Times

But can we disregard such a truly heinous, perverted thing? Can we ever move beyond it? Can we...ever...trust again?

Only time will tell. After all, we're still talking about Anthony Weiner.

The New York Times Has a Weiner Moment [Fox]

[JDoll / @thisisjendoll]

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Reasoned Sceptic
Reasoned Sceptic

What kind of alternate moral universe are you operating in?  The Times email was a perfectly legitimate email for someone who cancelled home delivery with the expectation (that many have) of continuing online access.  The Weiner tweet was a picture he should never have taken in the first place and certainly not considered sending to anyone.  The times responded with a short, but satisfactory apology, that I, as a customer, was perfectly happy with.  You on the other hand have damaged my view of your legitimacy and have damaged your brand more than I imagined you ever could.

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hdmi

  Unsurprisingly, though getting an extra email is a sign of the apocalypse like some 3-headed dog breaking loose from the depths of hell and rearing up out of the streets of New York -- Fox & WSJ declare the corporation that hacks people's voice mail and steals their messages & privacy "ethical".

/facepalm.

This is what happens when you let little children play with ink and electricity.

ben knight
ben knight

Fox News is a disgrace to American culture and democracy and will do anything it can, even if it includes making ridiculous innuendo, to attack sensible discourse.

Ronniebrent
Ronniebrent

Oh,what a surprise that this comment comes from the "fair & balanced"group, to equate this with that moron Weiner situation is beyond belief.I guess they are giving up reporting "hard news" and going for the "who cares"junk.

Matthew Young
Matthew Young

Jen, relax. I think you're making a mountain out of a mole hill here. It was an off-handed comparison. I don't think they're saying the the NYT incident was as bad as what Weiner (seriously, can NOT type that without feeling like a twelve year old) did. I think Fox-News hate is maybe starting to encroach on your objectivity a bit.

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Vengtoo

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Peter
Peter

I got this email. Binned it like everything else. Where's the fuss?

Linda
Linda

I got this message three times. Once yesterday and twice today. When will it ever stop????? lol

Rabble Rouser
Rabble Rouser

Give me a f*&%in' break already! This is more proof that Fox is merely the big propaganda machine for the RepubliCON party.

sic n' tired
sic n' tired

It was Obama's fault -- like everything else.

hi
hi

Who the fuck is village voice? and why is this news?

Richard Sloan
Richard Sloan

Fox exists to inflate and sensationalize the trivial, twist plain facts, invent facts to support what passes for its so-called fair and balanced discourse, and lest we forget, to foment fear in the ignorant, detouring them from the possibility of critical thought.  

This story is not news; it's a transient embarrassment for the Times, but to conflate it with Anthony Weiner's sad, ridiculous behavior is plainly ridiculous. . . and consistent with Fox's editorial judgment, for worse or worse.  

Guest
Guest

Strange.  I received that email this mornng, and never associated it with marital infidelity.  I'll pull it up from the deleted file, though, and take another look at it.

Linda
Linda

No, Bush did it.

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