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January 27, 2011
Best False Equivalency Ever
From a long new article about WikiLeaks by New York Times executive editor Bill Keller:
I’m the first to admit that news organizations, including this one, sometimes get things wrong. We can be overly credulous (as in some of the prewar reporting about Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction) or overly cynical about official claims and motives.
Yes, there was that time when the New York Times gleefully passed along government lies and helped start a war that has killed perhaps a million people and will cost three trillion dollars. And then there was that time when they were overly cynical about official claims, which caused such a gigantic catastrophe that Bill Keller can't exactly remember what it was.
—Jonathan SchwarzPosted at January 27, 2011 05:41 PM