Wednesday, May 26, 2004

NYT: We're sorry

The NY Times has issued a mea culpa of sorts regarding a good portion of its Iraq reporting during the march to war, which Greg Mitchell of E&P characterizes as a "low-key, but scathing, self-rebuke...a primer on how not to do journalism, particularly if you are an enormously influential newspaper with a costly invasion of another nation at stake."

Judith Miller isn't named, but she's behind a good number of the stories in question, a trend Slate's Jack Shafer has been documenting for quite some time.

Also recall the piece by Michael Massing in the NYRB that laid out in devastating detail the pattern of misleading stories in the Times. Massing's essay is a perfect example of what Scott Sherman describes as the rebirth of the NYRB under Bush's reign.