Saturday, August 18, 2012

New York Times taking sweet time with "napalm girl" correction

Via W. Joseph Cambell's Media Myth Alert (hat tip to Power Line):
The New York Times has ignored written requests by two senior former Associated Press journalists seeking the correction of an unambiguous error published in a Times obituary three months ago.
I can relate, after pointing out a good number of significant problems with PolitiFact stories that have resulted in neither written response nor an appropriate change to the story in question.

In an obituary published in May about Horst Faas — an award-winning AP photographer and editor who helped make sure Ut’s photograph moved across the agency’s wires — the Times described the image as “the aftermath of one of the thousands of bombings in the countryside by American planes: a group of terror-stricken children fleeing the scene, a girl in the middle of the group screaming and naked, her clothes incinerated by burning napalm.”

But as I pointed out in an email sent to the Times soon after the obituary was published, the aircraft that dropped the napalm wasn’t American; it was South Vietnamese.
Visit the Media Myth Alert for all the details.  It's well worth reading, from the additional facts on the case through the Times' ridiculous excuse for not making any change.

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