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Monday, January 16, 2006

It Just Keeps Getting Worse for The New York Times as Another Explosive Scandal Damages the Newsroom's (Sagging) Credibility

The caption on this photo, which was pullThe New York Times' ed off The New York Times web site after bloggers began pointing out its flaw, describes the weapon in the center as a "missile." Of course, anybody with even a rudimentary knowledge of missiles, artillery shells and dumb bombs can see the object is not a missile.

Looks like another failure by the Times' division of those vaunted ranks of fact-checking editors who give the mainstream media an insurmountable advantage in credibility over the journalism amateurs of the Blogosphere.

You can imagine how the Blogosphere is reacting. Here's Powerline, Instapundit, Hugh Hewitt and The American Thinker. And that's just a first sampling.

I wonder how Bill Keller is feeling now, as he has sometimes seemed to understand the true nature, if not quite the magnitude, of the challenge he accepted in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal. Things like this latest screw-up make it tougher for guys on the Right like the author of this column advocating giving the Times a break, too.

And now for the tags (though some may question the inclusion of the last tag with a post on the Times these days):