Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Truth-telling is dangerous at the Times

Let me get this straight:

New York Times Public Editor Byron Calame discovers that the Times story about a woman in El Salvador imprisoned after aborting her child, which said the woman was falsely accused of murder, was itself false. The woman, Calame discovered, didn't abort her child; she murdered it  — and the Times' editors adamantly refuse to print a correction. The refusal comes despite the fact that reporter Jack Hitt had interviewed the woman via an interpreter who worked for a pro-choice organization, which proceeded to use the Times piece to fund-raise.

How does the Times reward Calame? By threatening to cut its Public Editor position altogether.

And how does the New York Observer report the story? By avoiding the word "abortion" altogether, mentioning only that Calame wrote an "attack on a story in The Times Magazine that mischaracterized a Central American court ruling."

There's more on the story, including action tips, at Michelle Malkin's blog (and check her most recent entries for updates.

Thanks to See-Dubya for the tip.