New York Times reports on right wing conspiracies – then issues an epic correction
The New York Times issued a correction after identifying a "far-right conspiracy theory" that turned out to be true. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
The New York Times was mocked on social media over a correction made Tuesday that revealed a bias many allege the news outlet has against conservatives.
Here’s what they corrected
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In article detailing the role of Campbell Brown as the head of news partnerships for Facebook, technology reporter Nellie Bowles inserted an example of the “far-right conspiracy programming” that is still found on the social media behemoth.
“…Ms. Brown wants to use Facebook’s existing Watch product — a service introduced in 2017 as a premium product with more curation that has nonetheless been flooded with far-right conspiracy programming like ‘Palestinians Pay $400 million Pensions For Terrorist Families’ – to be a breaking news destination,” the paragraph read.
“That is not a conspiracy theory.”
But after much ridicule online, the article was edited to excise the claim, and a correction was added.
“An earlier version of this article erroneously included a reference to Palestinian actions as an example of the sort of far-right conspiracy stories that have plagued Facebook.” the correction explained.
“In fact, Palestinian officials have acknowledged providing payments to the families of Palestinians killed while carrying out attacks on Israelis or convicted of terrorist acts and imprisoned in Israel,” they concluded, “that is not a conspiracy theory.”
“A fundamental understanding”
Erielle Davidson of The Federalist remarked, “despite the constant moralizing, folks at [the New York Times] actually lack a fundamental understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict–namely, the Palestinian government’s funding of terror.”
Dani Dayan, the Consul General of Israel, called it the “correction of the year.”
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