On September 10, the New York Times published a major story on President Obama’s speech announcing his plan to attack ISIL. The paper’s front-page account included this ludicrous claim:
Unlike Mr. Bush in the Iraq war, Mr. Obama has sought to surround the United States with partners.
In fact, the Iraq war of 2003 was conducted by a coalition of more than 40 countries–compared with the five mustered in support of Obama’s attack on ISIL–several of which contributed troops. Despite the obvious falsity of the Times’ claim, nearly two weeks went by before the paper finally issued a correction, this morning. Here is a screen shot of the two corrections to the article, the first of which was a photo credit:
Note that five reporters are credited on the story, and multiple editors must have reviewed it before it landed on the front page of the Times. They can’t all have been born after 2003. The article’s gross factual inaccuracy can only be attributed to a politically-motivated desire to build up the Obama administration and tear down the Bush administration.
Then there is the case of Associated Press White House reporter Josh Lederman. Lederman came out with this hilarious tweet last night:
Via Twitchy. After enduring considerable well-deserved abuse, Lederman deleted his tweet without apology or explanation. And this is a guy who covers the White House for the Associated Press!
These elementary factual errors on the part of multiple reporters and editors reminds us how often the liberal media describe the world as they imagine it to be, rather than the world as it is.