Friday, June 25, 2004

THE NEW YORK TIMES AT THEIR BEST

(Meaning: at their worst.)

Before, during and after the convening of the 9/11 Commission The Times trumpeted the "no connection between bin Laden/al Qaeda and Saddam" story, even when the commission and commission members said there were some connections.

So, today (and not on the front page) they say there was a connection. They reference a document that they received "...several weeks ago, before the commission's report was released."

Their excuse for reporting it now? "Since obtaining the document, The Times has interviewed several military, intelligence and United States government officials in Washington and Baghdad to determine that the government considered it authentic."

OK, sure, I understand. It's OK to report the connections didn't exist while you have a document proving they did exist. Your sound journalistic rationale is you hadn't fully vetted the document.


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