Burying the lede in an unmarked grave
Maybe it's just me, but something seems hinky at NYTimes.com. Well, not just them; I haven't caught a single mention of Sean Hoare's conveniently timed death in the American media.
Anyway, a picture is worth a thousand words:
Re-he-heally? Okay, how about today?
Weird, huh? Now, yes, if you click "Past 7 days" you get some results. You also get some results if you try the first two searches for "Sean Hoare death", but not "Sean Hoare dead", even though most of the search results use the word "dead" and not "death".
Whatever, I'm probably just picking on an algorithm. But let's take a look at the actual hits we get.
All but one come from The Lede, not the NYT proper. Hmm. Speaking of The Lede, here's what's really fucked up. Check out the lone mention of Hoare's death in the NYT:
Yeah, I mean, the star witness turning up dead is a minor detail, hardly worthy of a headline. In fact, it didn't even end up above the fold.
A version of this article appeared in print on July 19, 2011, on page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Tabloid Uproar Forces Cameron To Shorten Trip.
You have to read down 7 paragraphs before you find this:
The parade of casualties from the scandal continued to lengthen one day after the head of Scotland Yard resigned, when one of his deputies, John Yates, also stepped down. The investigation also took a grim turn when Sean Hoare, a former reporter in his mid-40s who was the first to say publicly that Mr. Coulson was aware of the widespread “phone hacking” at News of the World when he was the paper’s editor, was found dead in his north London home. The police said they did not initially regard the death as suspicious.
Mr. Hoare’s interview implicating Mr. Coulson in a New York Times magazine article last fall was one of the factors, the police have said, that prompted them to reopen an investigation into The News of the World after the probe had brought convictions and jail sentences for two men then faltered, with Scotland Yard officers saying there was nothing more to pursue.
(Emphasis mine. Quite the refrain, eh? Wait, were these the same 'officers' who just resigned for taking bribes? I wonder...)
That's it. Bleedin' but not leadin'. Presumably, this is the last time the NYT will ever mention the late Sean Hoare, seeing as this happened frickin' yesterday and it's already a footnote.
One question, though: why?