Setting a new standard for accuracy in the blogosphere, the New York Times editorial board makes a major error in their Oct. 31 blog post, “A Visit From: Eli Khoury, Lebanese Activist.” On “The Board,” the editorial staff of the newspaper of record declares: “Israel, which is pounded daily by Hezbollah rockets coming across its northern border with Lebanon…”
Their first commenter points out, after 24 hours with no comments, “Israel pounded daily by Hezbollah?!!! Please check your facts. There hasn’t been a rocket fired by Hezbollah since the July/August 2006 war.”
“The Board,” according to The Board, “is written by The New York Times editorial board, a group of journalists with wide-ranging areas of expertise, whose primary responsibility is to write The Times’s editorials.”
As WW4 REPORT has often asked, why do so many contemporary journalists consider fact-checking to be optional?
See our last post on Lebanon.