obit in the Times included this paragraph (my emphasis):
Mr. Patterson joined The Washington Post in 1968 as managing editor,
succeeding Benjamin C. Bradlee, who became executive editor. The two led
the newsroom in June 1971 when The Post followed The New York Times in
publishing the Pentagon Papers, the secret study of American duplicity
in Indochina. Nixon administration challenges to both publications were struck down in a historic Supreme Court ruling.
I guess the Old Gray Lady will just never get over getting scooped by the Post on the Watergate scandal.