It repeats convincing claims that the practice was far more widespread than the paper has ever admitted and once again implicates then-editor Andy Coulson:
One former editor said Coulson talked freely with colleagues about the dark arts, including hacking. “I’ve been to dozens if not hundreds of meetings with Andy” when the subject came up, said the former editor, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The editor added that when Coulson would ask where a story came from, editors would reply, “We’ve pulled the phone records” or “I’ve listened to the phone messages.”
It must be said that much of the New York Times' article is based on anonymous sources, a fact that has been used by the News of the World to (surprise) dismiss the allegations.
Managing Editor Bill Akass' letter to the NYT accuses the paper of being involved in nothing more than a smear of a rival newspaper company (whereas the Times and Sun would never dream of running articles sniping at the BBC, say).
But he also claims:
Every area addressed by your questions has already been...put to, and answered by our executives during public hearings conducted by the Committee.
Anyone who saw those hearings, and heard those executives repeatedly 'answer' with 'I don't remember' and 'I don't recall' will know what nonsense that is. The Select Committee report called it 'collective amnesia':
Throughout we have repeatedly encountered an unwillingness to provide the detailed information that we sought, claims of ignorance or lack of recall, and deliberate obfuscation. We strongly condemn this behaviour which reinforces the widely held impression that the press generally regard themselves as unaccountable and that News International in particular has sought to conceal the truth about what really occurred.
The NYT also makes serious allegations about the Metropolitan Police, questioning why it seemed to have severely limited its investigation and why it appeared so reluctant to inform other people that they may have been hacked. The paper points out that the police commissioner who led the investigation, Andy Hayman, is now a columnist for the Times.
But there's one other serious question raised by the article - and that is for the British media.
At the time of writing, the Guardian - who have led the way in investigating this story - and the FT have followed up on it, as have the Press Gazette, two people at the Spectator and Gary Gibbon at Channel Four News. But the rest of the mainstream media are completely ignoring it?