After Propagating False
By Igor Volsky
In today's New York Times, reporter Michael
Gordon uncritically reports that the increase in "attacks on American
forces" is the result of "a lethal type of roadside bomb said to be
In February and July, Gordon similarly
promoted Bush administration charges with a "one-sided array of anonymous
sources charging the Iranian government with providing a particularly deadly
variety of roadside bomb to Shia militias in
Gordon engaged in similar exaggerated
misreporting in the lead-up to war with
In September 2002, for instance, the duo reported:
Iraq has stepped up its quest for nuclear weapons and has embarked on a worldwide hunt for materials to make an atomic bomb…Iraq has sought to buy thousands of specially designed aluminum tubes.
On the same day it was published, Vice President Dick Cheney cited the Times piece during his appearance on Meet the Press, and the White House featured its lead on its website.
Five days later, when Miller and Gordon "learned that the tubes were in fact a subject of debate among intelligence agencies" they buried their reservations "deep in an article on Page A13."
During a discussion about Bush's escalation strategy on the Charlie Rose Show, Gordon disclosed his personal agenda, saying: "I think it's worth it one last effort for sure to try to get this right." He was rebuked by the public editor of the New York Times for stepping "over the line."
Like the administration's architects of the