Wednesday, June 02, 2004

The New York Times' Culpability

Dan Okrent, the Public Editor of the New York Times, has issued a somewhat meatier assessment of blame than the timid mea culpa issued last week by The New York Times regarding the shortcomings in the reporting, and editorial supervision, on stories relating to WMDs and illusory connections between Iraq and Al Qaeda in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq that appeared in the paper.

In a related story, New York Magazine has put together a comprehensive and informative profile of Judith Miller, the Pulitzer Prize winning Times reporter whose close ties to Ahmad Chalabi are seen as the source for much of the erroneous, misleading and flawed journalism. This piece might actually shed some light on how Miller's successful track record and personal style contributed greatly to the mistakes made in her reporting and the lack of adequate editorial oversight by the Times.

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