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NYT Public Editor Calls Ghostwriting Story 'Misleading'

GhostwritingGate day whatever: Today Arthur S. Brisbane, the New York Times public editor, tackles the cookbook ghostwriting saga and offered his take on Julia Moskin's piece: "Misleading, I would say."

A couple of weeks ago, Moskin implied that cookbook authors like Gwyneth Paltrow and Rachael Ray use ghostwriters, a charge they both vehemently denied. The Times refused to offer a correction.

Susan Edgerley, editor of the dining section, told Brisbane that the article "did not say someone else wrote Rachael Ray's or Gwyneth Paltrow's books. We said they, like many others, had help."

Edgerley referred him to the original article that said that ghostwriters can include "researchers" and "assistants." To which Brisbane writes:

So who is right here? To me, it comes down to how you define ghostwriting. The everyday definition, and the one I would use, is that a ghostwriter is one who writes a book in the place of the author of record. But The Times... was using a stretched version of the term (add water and stir).

To Brisbane, the original article was put together in a way that was "misleading." "For a reader (and for Ms. Ray), it certainly seemed to be saying, flat-out, she doesn't write her own books," he wrote.

But still, no corrections.

· Times in Food Fight over Cookbook Ghostwriter Story [Public Editor's Journal/NYT]
· All GhostwritingGate Coverage on Eater [-E-]