New York Times Demands Apology From Fox News

Posted July 25, 2017

The New York Times is demanding an on-air apology from Fox News over a weekend report that claimed the newspaper foiled an attempt by the us military to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The Times said the update "wasn't an apology, nor did it begin to address the larger issues with the Fox & Friends Weekend segment, one of which was sheer hypocrisy".

In response, the Times sent Fox News a lengthy letter explaining that it would have been hard for al-Baghdadi to have been tipped off by its story since the raid Thomas described occurred on May 16, 2015, and the Times story didn't run until June 8, which even "Fox & Friends" hosts should be able to figure out is three weeks later. "Their sick agenda over National Security".

In the request for an apology, The Times countered that the Pentagon issued a news release several weeks before their article ran, and that the Pentagon "raised no objections" with the piece before it was published.

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It's also true that the story is now really tough to find if you just go to the Fox News homepage. "With this segment, Fox & Friends demonstrated what little regard it has for reporting facts".

The Associated Press reports on an epic conflict from the world of journalism: "No apology from Fox in its battle with The New York Times". Meanwhile, Fox News accused The Times of "hyperventilating" about the story.

On Monday, "Fox & Friends" host Steve Doocy aired a portion of Thomas' remarks. General Thomas said exactly what Fox reported.

Considering Herridge had said in her 2015 report that intelligence gathered in the raid could lead the USA closer to al-Baghdadi, through that logic Fox itself was unpatriotic, she said.

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Although Fox News has updated its reporting - which was based on comments recently made by a US general - with a statement from the Times, it has not apologized for any part of its story.

The Times has become a favorite Trump target despite his penchant for reaching out to the daily, including this week, when he gave its reporters a major interview in which he criticized his own Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Tony Thomas, the head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, at the Aspen Security Forum, in which he blamed the ISIS leader's escape on a media report that appeared to be a reference to NYT article dated June 8, 2015.

The Pentagon publicly announced the raid, the death of Abu Sayyaf, and the capture of Umm Sayyaf, on May 16, 2015, the Times noted. "It the USA government wanted to keep the detention and likely interrogation of the wife secret, the Pentagon would not have publicly announced it".

In its letter to Fox News, the Times also said the network did not reach out the paper for comment.

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