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New York Times Admits to a Blatant Lie
Concerned Women for America ^ | 1/4/07 | Janice Shaw Crouse

Posted on 01/07/2007 12:56:10 PM PST by wagglebee

A major journalistic scandal was finally acknowledged during the long news hole leading up to the New Year's celebrations when the headlines were consumed by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's execution and the funeral of former U.S. President Gerald Ford. It was revealed last week that in April 2006 The New York Times Magazine published a long cover story that hinged on a blatant lie.

The facts of the case came to light in November through the efforts of a pro-life Web site, LifeSiteNews.com. At first, The Times editors stonewalled over the facts, then they covered up the reporter's biased sources and denied unethical journalistic practices. Finally, the newspaper's ombudsman, Byron Calame, wrote a column on December 31, 2006 detailing the newspaper's malpractice in the April 9 story. Amazingly, but not surprisingly, the newspaper's editors saw no reason to "doubt the accuracy" of the story, in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. So, no retraction, no recriminations and no firings.

This incident is reminiscent of the case in 1992 when Rigoberta Menchu was awarded the Nobel Prize for a fabricated autobiography of her life in the 1987 book I, Rigoberta Menchu. Hearing of the fraud, The New York Times sent one of its investigative reporters to Guatemala with the purpose of verifying Ms. Menchu's claims in the supposed "autobiography" Ms. Menchu's defenders still claim that the dishonesty of her account is of no consequence, because her words are "metaphorically true;" she remains a hero to the left.

Likewise, fabrications in support of radical causes apparently are considered legitimate today by The New York Times -- the ends justify the means, as the facts of the Climaco case illustrate. In April 2006, The New York Times Magazine published a nearly 8,000 word cover story about the problems in El Salvador resulting from laws treating abortion as a crime. The story featured a young woman, Carmen Climaco, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for supposedly aborting an 18-week-old unborn baby. The truth is that Ms. Climaco gave birth to a full-term baby that she strangled to death. A panel of judges found her guilty of "aggravated homicide."

Jack Hitt, author of the piece, is a freelance writer for numerous elite left-wing publications. He used a local translator associated with Ipas, an abortion advocacy group in El Salvador who later used the story to raise money. No one at The Times bothered to check his work. No one asked to see the court documents related to the case. In fact, normal procedures were neglected by The New York Times standards editor, Craig Whitney, The New York Times Magazine editor, Gerald Marzorati, and Sarah H. Smith, the magazine's editorial manager.

At the end of November, LifeSiteNews.com, a pro-life Web site, reported the truth: Ms. Climaco's pregnancy ended in a live birth. The Web site asked readers to contact The Times. At that point, The Times began an elaborate cover-up. Two assistant managing editors stated, "We have no reason to doubt the accuracy of the facts as reported in our article, which was not part of any campaign to promote abortion."

On December 31, 2006, The New York Times public editor, Byron Calame, wrote an essay about the incident, "Truth, Justice, Abortion and The Times Magazine." After detailing the facts and circumstances about the writing of the article, Calame concluded, "Accuracy and fairness were not pursued with the vigor Times readers have a right to expect." Further, Mr. Calame said, "The care taken in the reporting and editing of this example didn't meet the magazine's normal standards."

In spite of Mr. Calame's assessment, The Times has yet to print a retraction or to penalize any of the participants in the journalistic scandal. Mr. Calame's article provides solid evidence for his conclusions about journalistic malfeasance.

Calame notes that the caption under Ms. Climaco's picture in The Times article "stated flatly" that she "was given 30 years for an abortion that was ruled a homicide." Calame noted that the court findings were unequivocal that the pregnancy ended in a "full-term birth" with the baby "breathing at birth, this confirms that we are dealing with an independent life."

Mr. Calame admitted that Ipas planned to use The Times' account of Ms. Climaco's sentence to seek donations on its Web site for "identifying lawyers who could appeal her case" and to help the organization "continue critical advocacy work across Central America for women who are suffering under extreme abortion laws."

Calame was also disappointed in The Times' handling of reader complaints. Even after the facts were ascertained, the editors argued that the article was "as accurate as it could have been at the time it was written." Further, the standards editor was unwilling to "order up a correction."

These points are clear: Ms. Climaco gave birth to a live baby. She was found guilty of murdering her baby. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder, not abortion.

Further, the following facts are also clear. The Times claims that it is not part of any campaign to promote abortion, yet neglected to follow routine fact-checking procedures even though it was known that Hitt used translators associated with an abortion rights advocacy group.

While it is nice that The New York Times ombudsman, Mr. Calame, played the "good guy" and laid out the facts and the lies for all to see, no one at The New York Times has come clean as the "bad guy" and admitted the necessity for a correction or accountability for sloppy, unprofessional journalism at the "newspaper of record."

Once again, if a story is "metaphorically true," if it fits The Times' leftist ideology, then there's no need to verify it. So much for The Times being the "paper of record." When a paper's credibility is suspect, what is left? Little wonder that circulation, revenues, and the value of The New York Times (as based on the price of their stock) continues to decline.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: lies; mediabias; newyorktimes; nyt; prolife; propoganda
The Old Gray Whore is simply pathetic.
1 posted on 01/07/2007 12:56:14 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: cgk; Coleus; cpforlife.org; Mr. Silverback; narses

Pro-Life Ping


2 posted on 01/07/2007 12:56:47 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Truth to the left is that which advances their goals. Factuality is irrelevant.


3 posted on 01/07/2007 1:02:40 PM PST by Jacquerie (Democrats soil institutions.)
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To: wagglebee
I heard Laura Ingraham talking about this last week. Her show is fantastic.
4 posted on 01/07/2007 1:04:06 PM PST by kcvl
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To: wagglebee

It proves an old cliche about "preaching to the choir":editors and readers of "The Old Grey Lady".


5 posted on 01/07/2007 1:13:35 PM PST by stimulant
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...
New York Times Caught in Abortion-Promoting Whopper - Infanticide Portrayed as Abortion

The New York Times, deceived (Unofficial translation)
From "El Diario de Hoy", El Salvador
(Wednesday January 3rd, 2007) 

Largest El Salvador Paper Publishes Front Page Story on New York Times Abortion Bias
Internet site video also exposes Times story that resulted from LifeSiteNews report
 

New York Times Writer of 138 Stories on Abortion Admits Pro-Abortion Bias
Warns of assault on women’s reproductive freedom by religious fundamentalism


6 posted on 01/07/2007 1:25:05 PM PST by Coleus (Woe unto him that call evil good and good evil"-- Isaiah 5:20-21)
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To: wagglebee

The New York Time's attitude toward the truth mirrors that of radical Islamists. Whatever advances their cause is OK with them. Is it any wonder that the MSM finds such sympathy for the terrorists, Their MO is the same.


7 posted on 01/07/2007 1:36:15 PM PST by Gumdrop
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To: wagglebee

If there are any honest people left at the Old Whore, one wonders why they remain in the cesspool.


8 posted on 01/07/2007 1:41:16 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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To: wagglebee

later


9 posted on 01/07/2007 1:43:30 PM PST by I_be_tc
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To: wagglebee

Is this story receiving any play beyond the prolife websites and blogs?


10 posted on 01/07/2007 1:44:04 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Join our Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword: folding)
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To: wagglebee

Like the left is found of saying when attacking Conservatives, “When you find a cockroach in your salad, you don’t go looking thought the salad for more.”


11 posted on 01/07/2007 1:45:19 PM PST by Exton1
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To: SC Swamp Fox

Nope, and it probably won't, which is very unfortunate.


12 posted on 01/07/2007 1:45:48 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Good article.When is a lie not a lie?When it's "metaphorically correct".I find it impossible to fathom the mentality of a person that can make a statement like that and expect people to believe it.


13 posted on 01/07/2007 1:46:31 PM PST by Thombo2
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To: Thombo2

They probably thought about using "fake but accurate" but concluded that that phrase was a dud.


14 posted on 01/07/2007 1:50:42 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Good point.And they sit around on their duffs and wonder why they're losing readers.


15 posted on 01/07/2007 2:13:27 PM PST by Thombo2
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To: wagglebee
"metaphorically true;"

Sounds just like "Fake but Accurate" doesn't it?

16 posted on 01/07/2007 2:21:04 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: wagglebee

In addition, it was reported a a few days after Bryan Calame's OpEd appeared that Calame is slated to leave his post as public editor soon, and that the New York Times has decided that they may abolish the post.

This editorial was a major embarrassment for them. Their predictable response is to get rid of the position of ombudsman. Then they needn't worry it will happen again.

Pinch Sulzberger himself was involved in the cover-up, and probably in commissioning the article in the first place, although it involved not only outright lies but a clear conflict of interest, since the author was working for an abortion organization at the same time he was working for the Times.


17 posted on 01/07/2007 2:21:18 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: wagglebee

"metaphorically true,"
just like the false accusations of the Duke Lacrosse players; just like the fake papers pushed by Dan Rather.


18 posted on 01/07/2007 2:24:11 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (As I said, the left;'s mind doesn't work like the mind of normal people)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

Don't forget Scooter Libby.


19 posted on 01/07/2007 2:28:53 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: MHGinTN
Time to learn from our enemies. If a group of people from third world countries (i.e. the majority of Islamic militants) can manipulate the media, become the focal point of American and European elections, and have strong enough an impact as to worry the rest of this big world about the threat of Islamic dominance, then so can we. I'm not talking about violence. I'm talking about not letting the other side (and yes I include the radical leftists in our own country in this dichotomy) dictate the arguments.

When they say they are for human rights, they need to be hit hard and often with all of the human rights violations they have sat on the sidelines watching (e.g. the Kurds, Darfur, and the huge number of people who have suffered and are suffering under their darling socialist dictators). When they say they are for education we need to hit back hard with the fact that they care more about their teachers' union supporters than they do about innocent children (and put it EXACTLY like that, accusing them of not caring about the innocent). I could go on, and on, and on. The point is that they need to be knocked back on their heels, over and over and over again. This is a cultural war for life. There is no room or time to pull punches. We need to say, with complete conviction that 'everyone knows the democrats are racist, are not for the little guy, are pro-special interest, AND support policies that are anti-environmental (e.g. banning nuclear energy, unabated illegal immigration etc.). Take EVERY issue they run on, and take it away from them. Point out incessantly and without reservation how hypocritical they are.

No, I did not drink too much coffee today.
20 posted on 01/07/2007 2:40:18 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

I likes my coffee ... and if you look back through my posting history, you will see that I have taken that very tactic regarding the democraps, especially in their incessant defense of the indefensible slaughter of alive unboren children. For the children indeed! Specious ghouls ...


21 posted on 01/07/2007 3:15:09 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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To: wagglebee

The NYT is all the news UNFIT to print.


22 posted on 01/07/2007 3:36:02 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: wagglebee
"Mr. Calame said, "The care taken in the reporting and editing of this example didn't meet the magazine's normal standards."

Sadly, it did

23 posted on 01/07/2007 3:44:13 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: Jacquerie
Always remember....

A conservative bases his politics on his morals...

A liberal bases his morals on his politics....
24 posted on 01/07/2007 3:52:53 PM PST by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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To: wagglebee

--metaphorically true--

That's what you get when 'fake but accurate' puts on her best lipstick and leaves her sty, trailing grunts.


25 posted on 01/07/2007 4:19:03 PM PST by gcruse (http://garycruse.blogspot.com/)
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To: wagglebee

The New York Times management has now fully addressed the problem identified in the story. They are going to abolish the ombudsman position, to ensure that they are not embarrased in this way again.


26 posted on 01/07/2007 4:21:28 PM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35

Yep. I can hear it now, "sorry, we don't have anyone to write retractions any longer, we only print the truth and don't need to bother with any of you 'little people' implying otherwise."


27 posted on 01/07/2007 4:24:16 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: M-cubed

"A conservative bases his politics on his morals...

A liberal bases his morals on his politics...."

Whoa, that is good! With your permission, I intend to regularly plagiarize your quote.


28 posted on 01/08/2007 11:45:10 AM PST by Jacquerie (Truth to leftists is that which advances their goals. Factuality is irrelevant.)
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To: Jacquerie
Go for it!!...I thought the same thing and borrowed it from a fellow Freeper a year or 2 ago...( It really is a great synopsis of the Libs, isn't it!!)
29 posted on 01/08/2007 4:42:55 PM PST by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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