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The New York Times Should Apologize to Neera Tanden and Her Mother

Neera Tanden is the head of the progressive Center for American Progress. We disagree on probably everything politically. But this New York Times story is shameful.

The paper dragged Ms. Tanden’s mother into the story. Her mother is a seventy-eight year old immigrant. She did not know she was talking on the record to a New York Times reporter and that she’d be quoted in the story. She is very clearly proud of her daughter and has every right to be.

It is just appalling that a newspaper would drag someone’s mom into this. I know this myself from personal history. I once tweeted about something my mom did in 1988 that I thought was funny. The website Gawker decided to make it a thing and called my seventy-something year old mother who had no memory of it. Then the person tried to call my sisters. My mother, naturally, tried to witness to the person so maybe he’s found Jesus by now.

Reporters dragging people’s parents into stories is shameful and uncalled for. While some of us live public lives in politics, our parents do not and this should be out of bounds. Regardless of my disagreements with Neera Tanden, I hope she and her mother get a public apology and that the New York Times never does something like this again.

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