Earlier this evening, New York Times political editor Carolyn Ryan started hinting that something big would be coming out in Monday's edition.
There's a very unusual, groundbreaking NYT story coming 2nite.I can't say too much but it'll make u rethink- well, I should stop.Stay tuned— carolynryan (@carolynryan) December 9, 2013
What I mean is that it is a stunning story. And may change things— carolynryan (@carolynryan) December 9, 2013
She seemed reluctant to give details, but hinted that it concerned "humanity".
She also couldn't confirm when the story would be posted.
Headsup:Now it sounds like it won't be up til after Homeland. Maybe not til a.m. I'm going home. All I'm saying is it's powerful. I like it.— carolynryan (@carolynryan) December 9, 2013
At 8:45, she gave up.
Ok, it's going up in the morning. And everyone wants me to stop asking about it. I'm going home to watch Homeland. It's great story though.— carolynryan (@carolynryan) December 9, 2013
But as time paused for Carolyn Ryan and Carrie Mathison, the Las Vegas Sun, a subscriber to the New York Times wire, found the story slug and eventually published the full piece on the Sun website around 8 pm.
Enjoy http://t.co/BFAbuJDZj0— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) December 9, 2013
It's an A1 feature on homeless children living in New York, and it's heartbreaking. The writer describes one shelter, where Dasani — an 11-year-old honor roll student — lives with more than 200 other children and their families.
Her family lives in the Auburn Family Residence, a decrepit city-run shelter for the homeless. It is a place where mold creeps up walls and roaches swarm, where feces and vomit plug communal toilets, where sexual predators have roamed and small children stand guard for their single mothers outside filthy showers.
It's an incredible story. But for some reason, only the Las Vegas Sun is reaping the benefits of Ryan's promotional tweets. Maybe the Times was waiting for the west coast airing of Homeland?
[Update 12:10 am] The Sun has pulled the story from its site and posted this message on its Facebook page.