Gray Lady Gets Other Tit Caught in Wringer

Posted By: 'Okie' | 2:22 pm — 3/23/2006 | Comments Off on Gray Lady Gets Other Tit Caught in Wringer See comments below:

Someday soon, we might actually have to feel sorry for the New York Times, but for now, we’ll just relish the irony of it’s masthead logo, “All the news that’s fit to print”. From today’s Editor & Publisher:

Another Bad Slip for ‘NY Times’: Katrina Victim Unmasked

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.”

Wow! They can’t even be up-front when they print a retraction/correction. Can’t blame Confessore though — who basically had to make the case that he himself is an idiot, an incompetent, just plain lazy, or maybe a combination of all three. Go and read the entire piece — it’s worth it to see what a fool Donna Fenton made of Nicholas, before her arrest for fraud and grand larceny for impersonating a Katrina victim to receive federal aid money.

Sure isn’t like baseball, ’cause this must be strike 9, 10 or something for the ol’ Gray Lady! (db)

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