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MAINSTREAM MEDIA SOFT ON RIGHT-WINGERS:
NY Times Ombud Agrees with Activists
Paper failed to question Pentagon propaganda on Gitmo prisoners
Originally published 8 June 2009
New York Times ombud Clark Hoyt called the Times' May 21 front-page story "seriously flawed" because it lacked any skepticism of a Pentagon report. This journalistically unprofessional story provided "ammunition" for Dick Cheney's campaign against Obama's plan to close the offshore prison camp.
Citing a FAIR Action Alert (5/27/09), New York Times ombud Clark Hoyt agreed with media activists who asked him to challenge the Times' unskeptical coverage of a leaked Pentagon report on former Guantánamo prisoners.
In his column "What Happened to Skepticism?" (6/6/09), Hoyt called the Times' May 21 front-page story on the report "seriously flawed." He wrote that the article provided "ammunition" for Dick Cheney's campaign against Obama's plan to close the offshore prison camp, and compared the piece to the Times' uncritical coverage of leaked intelligence on WMDs in the lead-up to the Iraq War. Hoyt also noted that it "demonstrated again the dangers when editors run with exclusive leaked material in politically charged circumstances and fail to push back skeptically."
Hoyt faulted the article, which was published under the headline "1 in 7 Freed Detainees Rejoined Jihad, Pentagon Finds," for seeming
The public editor also observed:
Hoyt's note followed an editors note published on the New York Times corrections page (6/5/09) acknowledging that the article had repeated unproved Pentagon claims and had conflated "suspected" and "confirmed" terrorists, noting an amendment to the article's headline.
FAIR thanks and congratulates all the activists who pointed out the lack of skepticism in the New York Times article, and thanks Clark Hoyt for taking their concerns seriously.
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This story was published on June 9, 2009.