Inevitable @romenesko story-behind-story on Greg Smith Goldman op-ed in 5,4,3,2….
— Sarah Weinman (@sarahw) March 14, 2012
I tried, Sarah, but New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal wouldn’t cooperate.
I called op-ed page editor Trish Hall early this morning and, in a message, told her I was hoping to learn more about Greg Smith’s “Why I am leaving Goldman Sachs” op-ed.
My phone rang about an hour later and it was Rosenthal, who said he wouldn’t be revealing much about the piece.
“He contacted us, we vetted him, and we edited him. Obviously, it was great material for an op-ed. We put it on the page and everybody seems to be reacting.”
I asked a few more questions, and he declined to answer them.
“You’re no Amy Harmon,” I said, laughing.
I could tell he didn’t get the joke, so I explained that his Times colleague was willing to give details about her story — and correction — for my readers.
I see that the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone didn’t have much luck either. He writes: “Rosenthal did not respond to follow-up questions about the vetting process, and deputy editorial page editor Trish Hall, who oversees op-eds, did not respond to calls and emails seeking comment.”