Thursday, March 23, 2006

NY Times: Why?

Update: Bonus report - Former NY Times Reporter: '93 Pulitzer Should Be Revoked

There ought to be a law.

From Editor and Publisher:

Another Black Eye 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.
The NY Times, printing things that aren't true?
Perish the thought!
Paging Jayson Blair....

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."
"Gosh, someone made a boo-boo."

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.

"We saw a prime opportunity to smear Bush, and we leapt on it..."
I guess due diligence is overrated.
Objective my a##.

"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.

Another poster child for the conservative-bashing left gone bad.

"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."

They didn't do their freaking job AGAIN, because they smelled conservative blood.
They are not only biased, they are dishonest, lazy, and sloppy.

Why does anyone subscribe to this bird-cage liner anymore?

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