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Patterico and the LA Times: stonewalling
Posted by: Jon Henke on Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Patterico is correct The LA Times response to his requests for correction is "breathtaking in the depth and breadth of the disingenuous arguments it advances." The bold lies of reader rep Jamie Gold are shockingly, transparently journalistic malpractice. But it's even more dismaying to realize that this is just the tip of an iceberg we're just learning about. What other lies are the LATimes - and other outlets - peddling as fact?

Here is a small excerpt of the text of the LATimes response to Patterico's request for correction. It's difficult to believe this was written by a "journalist".
While the disfigured woman was not specifically described as being Iraqi, the columnist infers from the fact that she was there (vs. being sent home as a U.S. soldier or civilian would be) that she is Iraqi.

Rutten referred to the Bradleys as trying to run over stray dogs, vs. kill the dogs, but I’m not seeing that point as warranting correction (I can’t imagine that a reader thinks that a Bradley trying to run over dogs is any different from a Bradley trying to kill dogs)

I'll point out a couple obvious problems:

1. Beauchamp and TNR now claim the disfigured woman was in Kuwait, rather than Iraq. Is the LATimes seriously arguing that Timothy Rutten inferred that she was Iraqi.....because she was in Kuwait? Why would one assume that a woman in Kuwait is an Iraqi woman?

This does not make any logical sense. Either the LA Times is leaving out information, or Jamie Gold and Tim Rutten are knowingly lying to their readers.

2. I don't think there's a significant distinction between "trying to run over dogs" and "trying to kill dogs". There is, however, a difference between "trying to run over dogs" and actually running over dogs.

If Ms. Gold, Mr. Rutten and the LA Times don't understand the fine distinction between those two things, they should continue on their current path. The forthcoming public attention should offer them a valuable metaphorical illustration of the difference.

Separately, let me add: I don't believe for a second that Jamie Gold really failed to understand the points Patterico was making. She was stonewalling and feigning gross stupidity.

Apparently, those are the standards of the LA Times.
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She was stonewalling and feigning gross stupidity.
You’re much too kind
Written By: tom scott
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These incidents are becoming so common that the class warrants a name. I propose "plastic turkeys".
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Enlightening that the LATimes would embrace a discredited story. They have the narrative, and dont care that it is not supported by fact.
Written By: bains
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I read the Tim Rutten column when it came it this weekend, and I made me so mad it ruined my morning. I understand that Tim Rutten’s column is opinion/anaylsis, and not intended to be objective, and that Rutten is a flaming liberal, but it is customary when writing an argumentative essay to at least make a nod toward the opposing argument and offer some sort of refutation. Rutten’s piece utterly ignored most of the critics’ objections to the TNR story, grossly ditorted the few issues he did gloss over, and ended with some of his own rhetorical questions that made it crystal clear that he had not been following this story, and did not have a clue about it. This was probably one of the shoddiest pieces I’ve ever read in the LAT.
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Bob Owens provides a good run-down of the problems that critics have with the Baghdad Diarist series in a letter to TNR’s publisher..
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feigning gross stupidity

Really? I think that you are much too kind here.
Written By: physics geek

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