The one person ‘Times’ public editor didn’t call about Andrew Goldman controversy: Andrew Goldman

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After a Twitter fight earlier this week between New York Times Magazine columnist Andrew Goldman and several other writers and editors, Times public editor Margaret Sullivan emailed a batch of questions to Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren, the responses to which she published in a blog post Wednesday evening.

But there was one person Sullivan did not not reach out to for comment on the matter: Goldman himself.

"No, I wasn’t contacted by the Public Editor," Goldman told Capital.

Goldman writes the magazine's "Talk" feature. On Saturday, the novelist Jennifer Weiner gently called out Goldman for including in his most recent installment, an interview with actor Tippi Hedren, a question about whether Hedren had ever considered "sleeping her way to the top."

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Goldman responded: "Little Freud in me thinks you would have liked at least to have had opportunity to sleep way to top."

And, well, it all snowballed from there, although Goldman has since deactivated his Twitter account and issued an apology to Weiner.

Sullivan not only reported on the exchange, but also subtly suggested that it would not be unreasonable for Goldman to be fired ("Given his misbehavior on Twitter and his status as a highly replaceable freelancer," Sullivan wrote, "I think his editors are extraordinarily generous" to keep him assigned to the column). So why not reach out to Goldman directly to get his side of the story?

When reached via email, Sullivan said she did not have time for an interview with Capital. But she shared with us an email she sent to Goldman subsequent to the publication of her blog post.

As public editor, I sought response from the appropriate person: the editor of The Times magazine, Hugo Lindgren, who is responsible for all of its content, including freelance contributions; and I published his lengthy response in full. However, I sometimes return to subjects after initialing raising them in the blog, so if you'd like to respond, I'd be glad to consider using it as a followup, or as part of a followup.

Goldman, for his part, seems ready to put the issue to rest.

"I’m going to let my heartfelt apology to Jennifer Weiner speak for itself," he said. "For once in my life, I think it’s best to keep my mouth shut."

Asked whether Times brass was reviewing the matter and whether Goldman might face a reprimand, Lindgren had no comment.