Saturday, June 5, 2004
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Jack Shafer has a Slate piece pointing out that while the New York Times and 60 Minutes have issued retractions for stories about Iraqi WMD programs that leaned too heavily on Iraqi defectors provided by Ahmad Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress, other media outlets have not been as forthcoming:
The good folks that put a fresh copy of danieldrezner.com on your computer screen every day have no fear of admitting error -- mostly because we're so used to screwing up. So, let me apologize/retract this April 21, 2003 post about Iraqi WMD that relied too heavily on reporting by the New York Times' Judith Miller -- who, as it turned out, relied way too heavily on Chalabi and his defectors. The story I linked to in that post was one of the stories the Times has since retracted.
Sorry.posted by Dan on 06.05.04 at 04:58 PM
A part of me thinks this post is great. I think it is a great mix of honesty and humble humor.
At the same time I think that there is something very disturbing under the surface in the big media failure to admit big mistakes, and the failure of our government to admit mistakes.
How much does it worry you that America can be led to war on mistakes (honest or otherwise)? Whatever you think about this war, the fact is that if Bush said there are no WMD in Iraq we would not be at war in Iraq. And 800 brave soldiers would still be alive today. This is the haunting truth of the story of the last 2 years that people seem a bit too eager to forget and move past.posted by: Rich on 06.05.04 at 04:58 PM [permalink]
Yea, I'd love to see a post about that.posted by: Hal on 06.05.04 at 04:58 PM [permalink]
That was plausible story. what´s in that story that was proved not true? : nada, nothing
and what was proved true? : someposted by: lucklucky on 06.05.04 at 04:58 PM [permalink]
An apology is acceptable only if you intend not to repeat the offensive behavior. Will you cease using the non-credible New York Times as a source?posted by: Richard A. Heddleson on 06.05.04 at 04:58 PM [permalink]
Dan, I have to give you credit for even mentioning this story. I've hardly seen conservatives talk about this at all. The WMD Times scandal is about a billion times larger than the Jason Blair scandal. But is hardly getting any play becacuse its a) about something that actually matters rather than stupid insignificant stories Blair published and b) requires complexity and nuance c) Can't use it as a stick to beat affirmative action over the head with. For some reason, Sullivan, for all his rants against times Times, forgot to mention this one. Some of the other wingnuts are almost comimcal in their times hatred, and they all seemed to ignore the Times biggest botch of this decade.posted by: Jor on 06.05.04 at 04:58 PM [permalink]
BTW, How the hell do any wingnuts complain about the "liberal" nyt when they were publishing Admin pro-war propoganda on A1 all through the buildup to hthe war, and by their own acknowledgement burrying contrary stories on A17?posted by: Jor on 06.05.04 at 04:58 PM [permalink]
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