Some years ago, in the 1980s, The Times was openly hostile to the National News Council, an organization similar to those in other countries that evaluate journalistic performance and ethics. The council's valiant effort was shortlived. From personal observation (I was, at the time, the reader ombudsman for The News, a daily in Massachusetts), it was The Times's condescending rejection of the council that finally led to its demise. Given The Times's newly released internal review, arguing for more transparency, I'm wondering whether a newly reconstituted National News Council might be in order. And, this time, of course, with The Times's proper support.