Deputy Managing Editor for The New York Times Clifford Levy warned reporters and editors in a tweet Tuesday to be on the lookout for someone posing as a â€œcollege studentâ€ attempting to solicit damaging quotes or information from the paper of record.
Levy tweeted a screenshot of a warningÂ the unidentified impostor was asking for face-to-face interviews in the hopes that someone would slip up and say something disparaging about the staff, or share sensitive information.
Someone claiming to be a college student is trying to interview NYT journalists.
We’re concerned that itâ€™s a ruse. pic.twitter.com/ypdYbzA3d8
â€” Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 1, 2017
â€œWeâ€™re happy for our journalists to engage with readers, students and other members of the public, and we donâ€™t want to discourage that,â€ the warning read. â€œBut be careful. In these polarized times, make sure you know whom youâ€™re talking to, and be sure to maintain Times standards in any such interactions.â€
The warning alsoÂ referenced the hidden camera fiasco that befell CNN in June, when James Oâ€™Keefe of Project Veritas managed to obtain footage of producers mocking the American people and admitting to a heavy bias against President Donald Trump.
â€œNo doubt you all recall the hidden camera ploy used against a CNN producer,â€Â it read.
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