"We don't factcheck stories if they fit our leftist ideology"

Thursday, March 23, 2006


On March 8, the NY Times profiled Donna Fenton, identifying her as a 37-year-old victim of Hurricane Katrina who had fled Biloxi, Miss., and who was frustrated in efforts to get federal aid as she and her children remained as emergency residents of a hotel in Queens.

Yesterday, the New York police arrested Ms. Fenton, charging her with several counts of welfare fraud and grand larceny. Prosecutors in Brooklyn say she was not a Katrina victim, never lived in Biloxi and had improperly received thousands of dollars in government aid.

Today, the Times admits their error (but you have to scroll down to the very end to find it).

Editor & Publisher reports about it here: "For the second time in less than a week, The New York Times today admitted to a serious error in a story. On Saturday it said it had misidentified a man featured in the iconic "hooded inmate" photograph from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq."


Rick Ballard reports on the system used by the New York Times in writing their stories here.

7 comments:

MeaninglessHotAir said...

"For the second time in less than a week, The New York Times today admitted to a serious error in a story."

Are we supposed to be shocked still? I'm personally having a hard time remembering a week in which the Slimes wasn't replete with errors.

Rick Ballard said...

Brylun,

I 'found' a better picture of Keller. Hope you don't mind the substitution.

brylun said...

Rick,

You made me laugh out loud!

Fresh Air said...

Is that Keller or the guy who played "Mannix"?

gumshoe1 said...

is he shrinking??

Rick Ballard said...

Nah, he just looks smaller in orange. He's going to have to get used to that.

Specter said...

Can't say that I am shocked....Just more of the same....