After 17 months of cooperation on dozens of stories, The NYT has declared in a statement that it will no longer answer any questions from The NYTPicker.
Responding to The NYTPicker's latest email to the NYT -- in advance of our most recent post on the paper's health-care blogger Uwe Reinhardt -- we got this statement from Robert Christie, the paper's new senior vice president of corporate communications:
“It is the policy of The New York Times not to respond to bloggers or journalists who refuse to identify themselves and/or their affiliation.”
This statement from Christie followed a series of emails in which Christie asked, twice, for us to "identify yourself to me," and jovially asked us to "call me Bob."
The NYTPicker didn't accede to Christie's first request. Instead we noted that the NYT's previous communications chief, Catherine Mathis -- along with numerous NYT reporters and editors -- have regularly replied to questions from The NYTPicker ever since the website began in November of 2008.
The Christie correspondence came in the wake of The NYTPicker's Sunday post, reporting extensively on Reinhardt's stock holdings in the health care industry, and outside income from his position on several health-care industry corporate boards.
That income violates the NYT's strict ethics guidelines governing the outside income and activities of staffers and freelancers, a policy that has led to dismissals of at least three freelancers in recent months.
The NYTPicker first wrote to Christie on Saturday afternoon, nearly 14 hours before posting our story, seeking the NYT's comment.
Below, we're reprinting the latest round of emails with Christie, leading to the NYT policy statement he issued late Tuesday afternoon: