June 29, 2004

DOES THE TIMES NEVER TIRE OF CARRYING THE CIA'S WATER?:

Time to Polygraph the NY Times (Joel Mowbray, June 29, 2004, Townhall)

To a “small number” of civilian employees at the Pentagon, a New York Times story on June 3 came as quite a jolt: some of them had apparently already been polygraphed as part of an investigation into Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmed Chalabi.

Thing is, it never happened. Three weeks later, it appears that the implicated civilian employees at the Pentagon have not been polygraphed.

And the Times is unapologetic in the face of substantial evidence that it got the story wrong. [...]

Common knowledge inside the beltway is that the Times story identification of the “small number” of “civilian employees” was a thinly-veiled reference to people working for Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz or in the policy shop, headed by Undersecretary Douglas Feith. (Most in that group are political appointees and were hawks on Iraq.)

The practical result was a smear of State’s and CIA’s political enemies—Chalabi and the Pentagon’s hawks. That’s undoubtedly the exact outcome for which the Times’ sources hoped. [...]

Reading the June 3 article leaves one with the conclusion that the Pentagon did not dispute the polygraph story. Nowhere in the piece is there even a reference to the Pentagon’s side of the story.


You'd think they'd have at least been bothered that their original story--which featured an Iranian agent sending a message that we'd broken their code in the code he was saying we'd broken--made little sense.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 29, 2004 12:00 AM
Comments

The NYT "got the story wrong"?

Oh dear...

(Though I suppose one can expect Modo to launch one of her "Well the facts may have been totally off the wall, but the article absolutely captured the spirit of the story" arabesques.)

Posted by: Barry Meislin at June 29, 2004 2:14 AM

Mr. Judd;

There you go again, trying to impose Western patriarchial thinking (in the form of "logic") to an internationalized organization like the New York Times. You're so parochial!

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at June 29, 2004 9:20 AM
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