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Monday, March 26, 2007

The New York Times Gets It "Wrong" Again...

It would be funny at this point if weren't just sad. The New York Times was once a noble institution, not it's just an anti-American shill. So desperate to make the nation that gave it birth look bad that it can't even bother to tell the truth any more. This time it ran a story on how evil American soldiers rapists, committing horrid acts of sexual abuse against even the American women they serve with. Just one problem...the story was less than true...
The Times admitted it distributed an article in the March 18 edition of its Sunday Magazine, while knowing the story contained some glaring inaccuracies. The article was about women who served in Iraq, the sexual abuse some say they endured, and their struggles in reclaiming their pre-war lives. But one of the women profiled, who said she'd been raped twice and suffered brain damage when a roadside bomb exploded next to her Humvee, was never actually IN Iraq. She lied. And, there was no roadside bomb. Readers were left to wonder if there'd been any sexual assaults.

The newspaper knew about the mistakes on March 12, six days before the magazine was distributed, and 13 days before it published the correction. The magazine was printed on March 9 — three days before the lies were discovered — but there was still plenty of time to reprint it. The cost might've been huge, but wouldn't it be worth it for a paper whose masthead proclaims "All the News That's Fit to Print?"

If the cost was prohibitive, why not run a correction the same day the magazine appeared? Why not let readers know that the newspaper had discovered one of the women profiled in the article lied to them? They did the best they could in confirming her story, found out too late for the printers, but in time for readers to know the truth. Why wait another week?

We asked The Times these questions, but they haven't given us any answers.
So sad. Perhaps they've allowed so many deliberate half-truths and lies to muddy their pages that when what is most likely an "honest" mistake (ahem...) is made, they've no idea how to handle it. The kindest thing anyone could do at this point is just pull the plug on the presses and put the old girl out of our misery.


N. 5/03/2007 04:21:00 AM  

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