NYT Concedes Too Much Reliance on Hamas Claims For Hospital Blast | Eastern North Carolina Now

"The report left readers with an incorrect impression about what was known and how credible the account was."

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Daniel Chaitin.

    The New York Times acknowledged on Monday that it "relied too heavily" on claims made by Hamas when reporting on an explosion at a hospital in the Gaza Strip last week.

    In an editor's note, the publication said it should not have depended so much on government officials affiliated with Hamas to initially report that Israeli forces conducted an airstrike on October 17 that hit the Gaza City hospital and killed hundreds of people. The early account received a "large headline" at the top of the newspaper's website, the note added.

    Such coverage helped fuel anti-Israel protests and gave Rep. Rashida Tliab (D-MI), the lone Palestinian-American member of Congress, a new attack line against Israel.

    "The Times's initial accounts attributed the claim of Israeli responsibility to Palestinian officials, and noted that the Israeli military said it was investigating the blast," the New York Times said. "However, the early versions of the coverage - and the prominence it received in a headline, news alert and social media channels - relied too heavily on claims by Hamas, and did not make clear that those claims could not immediately be verified."

    The note added, "The report left readers with an incorrect impression about what was known and how credible the account was."

    Pushing back on the Hamas narrative, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) published images showing the hospital site before and after the explosion, which it said resulted from a "failed rocket launch by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization." The IDF also released what it said were intercepted communications between Hamas terrorists talking about a misfire at a cemetery near the hospital.

    In addition, the U.S. government said its initial assessment was that Israel was "not responsible" for the explosion.

    The Times said it "continued to update its coverage as more information became available, reporting the disputed claims of responsibility and noting that the death toll might be lower than initially reported. Within two hours, the headline and other text at the top of the website reflected the scope of the explosion and the dispute over responsibility."

    Concluding the note, the newspaper said, "Given the sensitive nature of the news during a widening conflict, and the prominent promotion it received, Times editors should have taken more care with the initial presentation, and been more explicit about what information could be verified. Newsroom leaders continue to examine procedures around the biggest breaking news events - including for the use of the largest headlines in the digital report - to determine what additional safeguards may be warranted."

    The war against Hamas followed attacks by the terrorist group on Israel on October 7 that killed an estimated 1,400-plus people. Israeli forces have been conducting airstrikes on Gaza ahead of an expected ground invasion.

    A news article published separately by The New York Times stated that Hamas has "yet to produce or describe any evidence linking Israel to the strike." It noted that the group "says it cannot find the munition that hit the site and has declined to provide detail to support its count of the casualties."

    Further, the report said "all traces" of the munition at the blast site - which turned out to be the hospital parking lot and not the hospital itself - have "seemingly vanished" and therefore cannot be assessed.

Since only about 20% of the News Media has any shred of Journalistic Integrity remaining: How does our Constitutional Republic continue without a "Free Press"?
  Demand real information, using real sources, backed up by facts.
  Promote real journalist entities only, and admonish those that prostitute their profession.
  We Democratic Socialists are doing just fine, thank-you, by promoting lies while having very little real knowledge about so much.
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26 days after the October 7th Terror attacks on Israel, where over 1400 Jewish men, women and children were gruesomely murdered, and hundreds more made hostage: Should the Biden /Harris administration finally state that the administration's primary Middle East negotiating partner, Iran, is behind the funding and strategy of the aggressors, the Hamas Terrorists, or continue to take the more moderate position of "Don't," which is clearly not working?
  Yes, name Iran as the funding /strategy culprit, and begin to enforce the President Trump era sanctions to END Iran's ability to prosecute this war against Israel and the United States.
  No, Iran is a valuable partner in the motives of the Biden / Harris administration, and must not be named as the culprit and our enemy.
  I have larger concerns just to survive in this economy.
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Considering the current overwhelming obstacles inflicting stress upon America's working class: rampant inflation; energy insecurity; supply chain turmoil; banking failures; foreign policy disasters; government corruption; (DEI) Diversity Equity Inclusion narrative, with WOKE extremes practiced; Climate Change ideology; intractable crime wave in Leftist cities; wide open border by executive design; a permanently discredited Legacy Media; failed or failing education industry, just to name a few of the many: Who should Americans blame?
  Donald J. Trump
  Joseph R. Biden
  Leftist controlled Congress for the last 4 years.
  Bloated, incompetent bureaucracy weaponized and poorly managed
  The electorate, US, for putting these fools in elected office that utterly fail
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