Priscilla Painton

Priscilla Painton

Priscilla Painton is an American journalist. She was a Deputy Managing Editor of "TIME" magazine from 2006 until she joined Simon & Schuster in 2008.


Painton is the daughter of Frederick Painton and the late Patricia High Painton, a business journalist based in Paris, France for many years.

Painton received her B.A. in history from Mount Holyoke College in 1980.

She currently resides in Bronxville, New York.


Painton has worked at "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution", "The Washington Post" and "The Berkshire Eagle". She joined "TIME" as a correspondent in 1989. She served as the Nation Editor for a number of years before becoming Executive Editor. She became a Deputy Managing Editor in 2006. In early 2008, she joined Simon & Schuster as Editor in Chief of the flagship imprint. [ Painton Named E-I-C of S&S Adult Trade] - Publishers Weekly, January 16 2008]

In 2006, Painton taught a journalism course at Mount Holyoke College as a visiting instructor in the English department. [ MHC Alumna Offers Journalism Course] - Mount Holyoke College News & Events, October 31 2006]


Painton edited [ Time Magazine circles the wagons around Joe Klein] - Jane Hamsher,, November 27 2007] [ Demand Answers from Time Magazine] - Glenn Greenwald, Salon, November 27 2007] a controversial November 21 2007 column [ [,8599,1686509,00.html The Tone-Deaf Democrats] - Joe Klein, TIME Magazine, November 21 2007] by Joe Klein in which Klein published false information [ [ Joe Klein: Both factually false and stuck in the 1980s] - Glenn Greenwald, Salon, November 21 2007] [ Time magazine's FISA fiasco shows how Beltway reporters mislead the country] - Glenn Greenwald, Salon, November 25 2007] [ [ Everything that is rancid and corrupt with modern journalism: The Nutshell] - Glenn Greenwald, Salon, November 27 2007] [ [,0,4272704.story Corrections & Clarifications] - Chicago Tribune, November 29 2007] regarding legislation that amends the F.I.S.A. law, based upon claims by Pete Hoekstra [ [ Klein Kerfuffle, FISA Facts] - Pete Hoekstra, National Review, November 29 2007] , an opponent of the Bill.

Klein reported that the Democratic version of the FISA bill "would require the surveillance of every foreign-terrorist target's calls to be approved by the FISA court" and that it therefore "would give terrorists the same legal protections as Americans." [5] . The proposed bill actually says:

IN GENERAL - Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, a court order is not required for electronic surveillance directed at the acquisition of the contents of any communication between persons that are not known to be United States persons and are reasonably believed to be located outside the United States for the purpose of collecting foreign intelligence information, without respect to whether the communication passes through the United States or the surveillance device is located within the United States

After Klein had backed away from the central allegations of his article, commenting "I may have made a mistake in my column this week about the FISA legislation passed by the House", Painton was contacted by Jane Hamsher to ask "what the editing process was, and how a piece with so many errors made it into print." Painton reportedly replied "That assumes there are any errors" and immediately hung up on Hamsher prompting those reporting on the controversy to question Painton and Time Magazine's integrity. Painton is the subject of controversy both for editing the original Klein article and for her reactions to the article's subsequent criticism.

See also Rick Stengel, Glenn Greenwald


External links

* [ Real - Time Journalism]
* [ Interview] - "CNN"
* [ MHC Alumna Offers Journalism Course]

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