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    More Liberal biased Bull from the NY Times

    Another Bad Slip for 'NY Times': Katrina Victim Unmasked

    By E&P Staff

    Published: March 23, 2006 10:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK For the second time in less than a week, The New York Times today admitted to a serious error in a story. On Saturday it said it had misidentified a man featured in the iconic "hooded inmate" photograph from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Today it discloses that a woman it profiled on March 8 is not, in fact, a victim of Hurricane Katrina--and was arrested for fraud and grand larceny yesterday.

    As it did in the Abu Ghraib mistake, the Times ran an editors' note on page 2 of its front section, along with a lengthy news article (this time on the front page of Section B). Again mirroring the Abu Ghraib episode, the newspaper revealed a surprising and inexplicable lapse in fact-checking on the part of a reporter and/or editor.

    The original article, more than 1000 words in length, was written by Nicholas Confessore. He also wrote the news article about the error today. Without saying that he wrote the first story, he wrote today: "The Times did not verify many aspects of Ms. Fenton's claims, never interviewed her children, and did not confirm the identity of the man she described as her husband."

    The editors' note states:

    "An article in The Metro Section on March 8 profiled Donna Fenton, identifying her as a 37-year-old victim of Hurricane Katrina who had fled Biloxi, Miss., and who was frustrated in efforts to get federal aid as she and her children remained as emergency residents of a hotel in Queens.

    "Yesterday, the New York police arrested Ms. Fenton, charging her with several counts of welfare fraud and grand larceny. Prosecutors in Brooklyn say she was not a Katrina victim, never lived in Biloxi and had improperly received thousands of dollars in government aid. Ms. Fenton has pleaded not guilty.

    "For its profile, The Times did not conduct adequate interviews or public record checks to verify Ms. Fenton's account, including her claim that she had lived in Biloxi. Such checks would have uncovered a fraud conviction and raised serious questions about the truthfulness of her account."

    Last Saturday, the Times editors' note disclosed that Ali Shalal Qaissi, pictured on the front page "as the hooded man forced to stand on a box, attached to wires, in a photograph from the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal of 2003 and 2004," was not that man. "The Times did not adequately research Mr. Qaissi's insistence that he was the man in the photograph," it related.

    http://www.editorandpublisher.com/ea..._id=1002235060

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    Re: More Liberal biased Bull from the NY Times

    Wow. So the NYT didn't fact-check or corroborate information before publishing it. You mean just like when they parroted lies, distortions, and deceptions coming from the White House during the months leading up to the Iraq war?

    I'm shocked and horrified.

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    Re: More Liberal biased Bull from the NY Times

    Quote Originally Posted by Yirmeyahu
    Wow. So the NYT didn't fact-check or corroborate information before publishing it. You mean just like when they parroted lies, distortions, and deceptions coming from the White House during the months leading up to the Iraq war?

    I'm shocked and horrified.

    Indeed, if The Times was a bit more circumspect, ethical and willing to function as an objective source of unbiased reporting, The Bush Mob might of, at least, had some scrutiny from the media as they pulled off their illegal spying and war crimes. Pathetic. The media in this country has willingly abdicated its roll as the watchdogs of democracy for a shameful, disgraceful profile of obsequious panderers to Bushstapo Thugs. The refractory stench of the media's cowardice in this country will not soon be forgotten nor forgiven. Their groveling to and abetting of Bush-Cheney criminality has cost them the only thing that matters: Their credibility.
    Last edited by dante; 03-25-2006 at 05:12 AM.

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    Re: More Liberal biased Bull from the NY Times

    Quote Originally Posted by Yirmeyahu
    Wow. So the NYT didn't fact-check or corroborate information before publishing it. You mean just like when they parroted lies, distortions, and deceptions coming from the White House during the months leading up to the Iraq war?

    I'm shocked and horrified.

    It just goes to show that the media should not emulate too closely the actions of the administration currently in control of the White House. It will only lead to a fall in status and popularity just like old bushy and cheney are experiencing right now. LOL.

    LM

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