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Reporter violated NYT ethics code with false Fast and Furious story
The Daily Caller ^ | 6 June, 2012 | Matthew Boyle

Posted on 06/06/2012 6:55:36 PM PDT by marktwain

Charlie Savage, a reporter for The New York Times, violated the newspaper’s own code of ethics by printing a false story about the ongoing congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious on Tuesday evening.

For the Times, Savage reported late on Tuesday that House Speaker John Boehner had “opened direct negotiations with the Department of Justice aimed at resolving a dispute over subpoenaed information related to the botched gun-trafficking investigation dubbed Operation Fast and Furious.” The story ran under the headline “Boehner in talks with Justice Dept. on gun-running inquiry,” implying that the speaker was directly participating in talks.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel, however, said the report was not true, and in a blog post attacking the Times, Boehner’s office wrote that neither the newspaper nor Savage reached out to Boehner’s team before publishing the story.

Savage has since “updated” the post, as opposed to issuing a correction for the implication that Boehner was directly negotiating with the Justice Department.

“After I received his [Steel’s] email, I updated the blog post to include his characterization of the talks,” Savage said in comments to Politico. “As part of the update I also made clearer that these are staff-level discussions. The original version, including its headline, had said Boehner was engaged in direct talks, by which I meant that the speaker’s office is talking directly to DOJ rather than routing the conversation exclusively through Issa’s shop as before, not that Boehner himself is personally negotiating.”

Section 20 of The New York Times Company’s publicly printed policy for “Ethics in Journalism” states that “anyone [‘staff members or outside contributors’] who knowingly or recklessly provides false information” to the Times for publication “betray our fundamental pact with our public.”

Savage admitted that he failed to seek comment from Boehner’s team in a comment to Politico, which resulted in the incorrect report. “He [Steel] was right that I should have reached out to them,” Savage said.

While it’s unclear whether Savage knew the information he provided to the Times was false — as alleged by Boehner’s office and confirmed by Savage’s own post-publication admission — his failure to verify his report with Boehner’s office ahead of time stands out as “reckless” under the Times’ ethics policy. Savage has not responded to The Daily Caller’s repeated requests for comment on the issue.

The Times’ ethics code says the publication takes these violations seriously. “We will not tolerate such behavior,” reads the policy.

It’s unclear if the Times intends to hold Savage accountable for the report. Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades-Ha has not responded to TheDC’s repeated requests for comment.

The original story was posted at 6:51 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a time stamp on the Times website. The Times edited the story after publication, removing the statement Boehner’s office said was false and changing the focus of the article, while adding a quote from Boehner’s spokesman. The Times also changed the article’s headline.

The way this was executed may be another violation of The New York Times’ ethics code. In Section 17 of the Times’ journalistic ethics policy, the publication says that it “correct[s] our errors explicitly as soon as we become aware of them.”

“We do not wait for someone to request a correction,” the ethics code reads. “We publish corrections in a prominent and consistent location or broadcast time slot.”

Savage’s story was not edited until after Boehner’s office publicly pressed him on its inaccuracies. Boehner’s office published a blog post pointing out his false reporting at least an hour and a half before Savage updated the piece. Also, the speaker’s office said they’d sent Savage a statement about the inaccuracies after seeing the story online.

The online version of the article contains no correction or explanation as to why Savage’s story was edited after the fact. A note does tell readers the article was “updated” at 11:39 p.m., but doesn’t say why.

The timing and nature of the update shows the Times’ de facto correction was neither explicit nor published until after a request for correction was received and broadcast online by the speaker’s office. The Times spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on whether this too constituted an ethics policy violation.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
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I wonder how many times the NYT reporters have "made things happen" by reporting what they wanted to have happen.
1 posted on 06/06/2012 6:55:45 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

The Times has ethics? Who knew?


2 posted on 06/06/2012 6:56:56 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: MestaMachine

Gunwalker / Murdergate ping.


3 posted on 06/06/2012 6:57:05 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: All

False story for the MSM is when someone accidentally commits journalism and tells the truth..


4 posted on 06/06/2012 7:00:11 PM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: marktwain

HaaHaaHaaHaa.......the New York Times has a code of ethics....good one.


5 posted on 06/06/2012 7:17:00 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: mkmensinger
The Times has ethics?

That should be the real story.

Apparently, "All the news that's fit to print" is an evolving paradigm.

7 posted on 06/06/2012 7:43:01 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

Joseph Goebbles would be proud of the American “news” media.


8 posted on 06/06/2012 7:44:43 PM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: marktwain
Of all the crap the NYT puts out, I believe this is minor.

The guts of the story scares me. Why is Boehner going around Issa ? oh, excuse me...why is Boehner’s STAFF going around Issa ?

9 posted on 06/06/2012 7:45:29 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
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To: MikeSteelBe
I wonder if the soviet era propagandists were as gleefully willing as the current American media
10 posted on 06/06/2012 8:20:20 PM PDT by Mr. K (I AM WRITING-IN PALIN/GINGRICH)
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To: stylin19a; Joe Brower; Travis McGee; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; ...

“The guts of the story scares me. Why is Boehner going around Issa ? oh, excuse me...why is Boehner’s STAFF going around Issa ?”

Therein lies yhe REAL question. Why indeed?


11 posted on 06/06/2012 8:25:28 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: mkmensinger
"The Times has ethics? Who knew? "

That was my EXACT same rection, just seeing the headline

12 posted on 06/06/2012 8:26:44 PM PDT by Mr. K (I AM WRITING-IN PALIN/GINGRICH)
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To: marktwain
1932 Pulitzer Prize winner the New York Times Walter Duranty set the standard for all Nytimese.
13 posted on 06/06/2012 8:27:25 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: MestaMachine
“The guts of the story scares me. Why is Boehner going around Issa ? oh, excuse me...why is Boehner’s STAFF going around Issa ?”

The answer is really simple. Boehner wants this to go away and Issa is coming out with a steady drip of public releases to force him not to. By himself, it is obvious that Issa cannot force the major player to bring Holder down, but he refuses to let this go away.

14 posted on 06/06/2012 8:35:57 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Mr. K

Which part of this “story” is the real propaganda? The part that names boehner? The part where the daily caller tries to exonerate boehner? Or the part that is corrected to name boehner’s staff?

Would boehner’s staff be “negotiating “ with the doj without his direct knowledge? How many betrayals are we willing to overlook?


15 posted on 06/06/2012 8:37:56 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: marktwain
In Section 17 of the Times’ journalistic ethics policy, the publication says that it “correct[s] our errors explicitly as soon as we become aware of them.” “We do not wait for someone to request a correction,” the ethics code reads. “We publish corrections in a prominent and consistent location or broadcast time slot.”

I suspect their definition of 'error' is different than ours... We mean bias - information as coin of the realm - sources that come from only one side or one desk over... Stories that aren't covered for PC reasons... others that are - but always benefiting liberals. Errors of deep significance.

What they probably mean is, 'we said he would arrive at 3 pm - rather than 4 pm...' - something meaningless.

16 posted on 06/06/2012 8:46:12 PM PDT by GOPJ (Take your little hammer, little sickle and your scary red signs with a fist on it, and go home...)
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To: MestaMachine
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel, however, said the report was not true, and in a blog post attacking the Times, Boehner’s office wrote that neither the newspaper nor Savage reached out to Boehner’s team before publishing the story.

Guess that's the downside of getting all the 'tips' from one side...

17 posted on 06/06/2012 8:54:34 PM PDT by GOPJ (Take your little hammer, little sickle and your scary red signs with a fist on it, and go home...)
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To: Nachum

Issa should be the next Speaker of the House....the Tan Man should stick to golf.....time for a new Speaker....


18 posted on 06/06/2012 9:54:34 PM PDT by Hogblog
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To: marktwain

Nothing to see here. Just our “free” press running a coverup story for the criminal 0bama administration.


19 posted on 06/06/2012 9:58:22 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: MestaMachine

I wouldn’t bet a grain of salt that anything the NYTs or Charlie Savage is saying is true.


20 posted on 06/06/2012 10:04:31 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

Did you see Greta tonight?


21 posted on 06/06/2012 10:30:58 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: MestaMachine

No, I’m afraid I didn’t. Did she have Issa on? Greta has grown into one of the best news show anchors on TV.


22 posted on 06/06/2012 10:45:15 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

No. Chaffetz...and she ripped into the whole slow-walk thing huge! Chaffetz was squirming and both laid the slow-walk at boehner’s feet. You have to see it.


23 posted on 06/06/2012 10:52:59 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: MestaMachine

I’d like to. When Greta gets her dander up the cross examiner in her comes out and she starts demanding answers with ever-increasing tenacity.


24 posted on 06/06/2012 11:07:44 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Zapp Brannigan

Their ethics code is a living document. It evolves.


25 posted on 06/07/2012 6:40:17 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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