Public Editor: Times Erred by Not Calling MT Crime a Rape

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After a Montana judge sentenced a man to just 60 days in jail after he repeatedly raped his 12-year-old daughter, more than 80,000 people signed an initiative seeking to have the judge impeached. When the New York Times caught up to the news, it headlined the story, “Montana Judge Criticized for 60-Day Sentence for Man Who Has Sex With His Preteen Daughter.” The newspaper changed the headline online several times, eventually including the word "incest." The . . .

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