Behold the Trusted Gatekeepers of “Facts”: The New York Times published a hit piece on the CEO of the DC think tank, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (spoiler alert: it’s not a liberal think tank.) The piece blamed his criticism of the Iran nuclear deal as being behind President Trump’s decision to kill it, although he claims he only wanted it fixed, not jettisoned entirely. The Times was then forced to run one of the longest corrections of all time, taking back virtually every accusation in the article short of the writer’s name.
The problem with running a correction instead of checking your facts before publication (and these types of mistakes could easily have been caught by any semi-conscious editor) is that everyone sees the accusation but hardly anyone sees the correction. To quote that famous Washington lament, “Where do you go to get your reputation back?”
Well, in this case, let’s make sure everyone sees the long correction and let the New York Times worry about getting its reputation back.
And by the way: if his criticism of the odious Iran nuclear deal did convince Trump to kill it, I will say this without fear of having to take it back: From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
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