The Gray Lady Crumpled – Latest New York Times story to crumble follows long history of journalism failures

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Ashley Rindsberg, author of “The Gray Lady Winked: How the New York Times’ Misreporting, Fabrications and Distortions Radically Alter History,” explains the cause of the Times’ decades of misreporting.

“From what I learned through years and years of researching this book and diving into these major historical episodes, it was never the case, and it’s still not the case, that the Times is able to take responsibility and to act in an accountable way with these errors.”

On Thursday, the leaders of President Biden’s intelligence agencies declared they held little confidence in a New York Times’ story from last June that claimed Russia put bounties on American troops in Afghanistan.

It was the latest setback for the famous newspaper, which has seen its reporting on the now-debunked Russia collusion scandal be eviscerated by the FBI and its hit podcast series Caliphate retracted. 

Ashley Rindsberg, author of “The Gray Lady Winked: How the New York Times’ Misreporting, Fabrications and Distortions Radically Alter History,” said Thursday’s setback follows a decades-long pattern of journalism failures. He questioned what the Times will do next with the Afghanistan fallout.

“Now what is the Times going to do? Are they going to print a retraction, a correction? Are they going to apologize? Are they going to do the kind of reporting that will get as much coverage and profile as the original story? And my guess is that they won’t, and I say that from looking at past experiences,” Rindsberg told the John Solomon Reports podcast.

“That’s what’s happened time and again: the big story break, and there’s a lot of hoopla, and there’s a lot of coverage, and the narrative gets cemented. And when the story turns out to be false, or mistaken, or what have you, there’s either a very small correction that’s printed at the bottom of the article that very few people will pay attention to, or nothing at all,” he said. “So I think in this case, we’ll see what happens, and hopefully the Times will do the right thing.”

“From what I learned through years and years of researching this book and diving into these major historical episodes, it was never the case, and it’s still not the case, that the Times is able to take responsibility and to act in an accountable way with these errors.”

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