There's something else that smells here

Why hasn't the New York Times corrected a false report about Hillary Clinton?

Published July 17, 2006 6:43PM (EDT)

They move pretty quickly over at the New York Times. As we noted earlier, the editors have already found time today to take the word "shit" out of the president's mouth and to put it back in again. But somehow, it's taking them just a little longer to deal with a bit of stench created by one of their own.

On Sunday, the Times posted a demonstrably false story by reporter Anne Kornblut under the demonstrably false headline "Clinton, in Arkansas, Says Democrats Are 'Wasting Time.'" As we said earlier -- and as audiotape and other reports confirm -- Clinton's words about "wasting time" and "wasting lives" were aimed at Republicans in Congress and not at her colleagues on the Democratic side of the aisle.

So where's the correction? Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines tells us that the senator's office asked the Times for one Sunday. But it's Monday afternoon now -- a lifetime later in Internet time -- and the Web site for the "paper of record" still features Kornblut's false report.

There's a word for that kind of journalism, and it seems that the Times' editors are already pretty familiar with it.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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