It is an important story about how corporate interests, by virtue of their position inside key outlets of communication, can influence what information flows to the general public.
Now, The New York Times Company, the newspaper's governing body, needs to figure out what to do about a similar problem at its own publication.
On Tuesday, ride-sharing company Uber announced the hiring of Dara Khosrowshahi as its new CEO, replacing Travis Kalanick. Khosrowshahi, an Iranian immigrant, previously spent 12 years as CEO of travel company Expedia.
He is also a member of the board of directors of the Times Company, a position he has held since 2015.
After the announcement, Times reporter Mike Isaac wrote a lengthy tick-tock of the Khosrowshahi hiring, but he did not disclose that the new CEO was a member of the Times Company's board. The paper did disclose the relationship in other profiles of Khosrowshahi.
Linda Zebian, the Times Company's executive director of communications, released a statement to The Intercept: "The fact that Dara Khosrowshahi is a board member of The New York Times Company will indeed be disclosed in every relevant article moving forward (the fact that it was not disclosed in the Aug. 29 article was an error, which we regret)." She added that "Mr. Khosrowshahi's appointment will have no impact on our Uber coverage,"