“They were adamant that the reasons for killing the story were editorial reasons, not political reasons,” an employee added. When Ms. Hays was asked who had made the decision to shelve the article, she said she and four other editors had, including Tim Quinson, who in September was assigned to the new position of standards editor after an internal review of the May reporting scandal. Ms. Hays said Mr. Doctoroff, the chief executive, had not seen the article.
"Yes, I do," said Sobieszek. "They reveal in a strong, forceful way a major concern of the artist, a troubled portion of his life that he was trying to come to grips with. A search not unlike Van Gogh painting a portrait of himself with his ear cut off."
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