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Is the NYT Influenced By Glenn Greenwald’s Posts?

July 13, 2007

Seriously.

Just a few days ago I noted how the NYT had owned up to their uncritical reporting of the current situation in Iraq (conflating the Iraqi insurgents with al Qaeda), and how it seemed to be an almost direct response to Greenwald’s postings on the subject.  Greenwald gave them credit for the admission, but that came as an update to another one of his posts slamming the Times’ Michael Gordon for continuing to report the news from Iraq, as he put it, “without challenge, question or dissent”. 

Well, imagine my surprise when I see this article on the NYT’s site: Bush Distorts Qaeda Links, Critics Assert

BAGHDAD, July 12 — In rebuffing calls to bring troops home from Iraq, President Bush on Thursday employed a stark and ominous defense. “The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq,” he said, “were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th, and that’s why what happens in Iraq matters to the security here at home.”

It is an argument Mr. Bush has been making with frequency in the past few months, as the challenges to the continuation of the war have grown. On Thursday alone, he referred at least 30 times to Al Qaeda or its presence in Iraq.

But his references to Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, and his assertions that it is the same group that attacked the United States in 2001, have greatly oversimplified the nature of the insurgency in Iraq and its relationship with the Qaeda leadership.

This article was written my none other than Michael Gordon (along with Jim Rutenberg).

Weird, huh? 

Greenwald’s response.  He isn’t taking credit quite yet.

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