NYT Apologizes After Getting Caught Spreading Hoax

(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- The New York Times has been caught spreading a hoax, but they aren’t completely coming clean for it in all channels.

A 2018 Times series called “Caliphate” had flaws from the very beginning. The reporter, Rukmini Callimachi, began working on it in 2018. Now, there have been revealed conflicts of interest and a complete lack of transparency — in addition to the paper’s upper staff not fact checking.

The series focused on Shehroze Chaudhry, a Canadian-Pakistani who said he was once an executioner for ISIS in Syria. This year, though, the Times discovered that Chaudhry has not “killed anyone, joined ISIS or even ever traveled to Syria.” In addition, Canada was levying charges against him for lying about the situation.

The Times had won the Peabody Award for the series, but last week, they returned it after the shoddy reporting was revealed. The paper also withdrew “Caliphate” as a contender for the revered Pulitzer Prize.

Callimachi recently took to Twitter to apologize to his followers, writing:

“To our listeners, I apologize for what we missed and what we got wrong.”

The New York Times admitted to “significant errors” in its staff members’ reporting on the fake Islamic terrorist. At the same time, though, the paper has side-stepped the chance repeatedly to be completely transparent about it. They also haven’t removed any episodes of the podcast surrounding “Caliphate” or any stories from the series.

The Times re-assigned Callimachi off her terrorism beat, but she was allowed to stay on with the paper.

Michael Barbaro, who hosts “The Daily” news podcast and is known as the “voice of the New York Times,” interviewed Dean Baquet, who is the Times’ executive editor. It was a chance for Baquet to further explain the grave mistakes the publication made with this series.

The publication decided, though, to only issue a correction to the listeners of the “Caliphate” podcast feed. Baquet said the paper failed to fact check, investigate and evaluate the false testimony of Chaudhry. He said:

When The New York Times does deep, big, ambitious journalism in any format, we put it to a tremendous amount of scrutiny at the upper levels of the newsroom … We did not do that in this case.”

NPR further uncovered some more sketchy things about how the Times wasn’t completely transparent with the story. Barbaro himself didn’t reveal that he had both personal and professional connections to the story. “Caliphate” first ran on “The Daily,” after all. And Barbaro is also engaged to Lisa Tobin, who is the executive producer of the show.

“The Daily” didn’t offer a full correction on its show. Instead, they issued a small disclaimer at the beginning of any of the disputed podcasts, and only on the “Caliphate” feed. People who listen to “The Daily” would’ve had to search the internet or listen to “Caliphate” to find out they were duped.

The only mention of it was a short statement from Barbaro that read:

“The Times has concluded that the episodes of ‘Caliphate’ that presented Chaudhry’s claims did not meet our standards for accuracy.”