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New York Times Accused of “Gross Negligence”

December 22, 2008

The White House on Sunday issued a blistering 500-word response to a scathing 5,000-word article on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times that says President Bush and his style and philosophy of governing played a direct role in the mortgage meltdown that’s crippling the nation’s economy.

The response accused the nation’s largest Sunday paper of “gross negligence.”

“The Times’ ‘reporting’ in this story amounted to finding selected quotes to support a story the reporters fully intended to write from the onset, while disregarding anything that didn’t fit their point of view,” White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said in an e-mailed statement.

In an unusual double-header, The White House later issued a document headlined, “Setting the Record Straight: The Three Most Egregious Claims In The New York Times Article On The Housing Crisis.”

The article was part of the newspaper’s “The Reckoning Series” about the nation’s market implosion, and was headlined, “‘Ownership society’: White House Philosophy Stoked Mortgage Bonfire.”

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Times Publishes Bogus Letter — Violates Own Rules

From the Associated Press

The New York Times admitted Monday it published a fake letter purportedly from the mayor of Paris criticizing Caroline Kennedy’s bid for a U.S. Senate seat as “appalling” and “not very democratic.”

In a note posted Monday on its Web site, the Times said the letter signed by Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe was a fake and should not have been published because it violated the paper’s standards and procedures for publishing signed letters.

“We have already expressed our regrets to Mr. Delanoe’s office and we are now doing the same to you, our readers,” the Times said.

News of the hoax was first reported by France-Amerique, which published its story on its Web site Monday.

Click here to read the apology by The New York Times.


Tensions Continue to Build Between India, Pakistan

December 7, 2008

India’s foreign minister accused Pakistan on Sunday of trying to deflect attention from the role of its citizens in last month’s terror attack in Mumbai by leaking word of a hoax phone call to the Pakistani president’s office that forced its air force to go on high alert.

The episode underscored the high level of tension that remains between the two nuclear-armed nations nearly two weeks after the attack, as India continues to charge that a Pakistani terror group with past ties to the government was responsible and Pakistan insists that it was not involved.

By Rama Lakshmi
Washington Post Foreign Service 

During the call, which came on Nov. 28 as the attack was still unfolding, the caller allegedly identified himself as Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee and threatened that India would mount military action unless Pakistan took action against the attackers. Pakistani information minister Sherry Rehman said in a statement that the call came from “a verified official phone number of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.” The call prompted President Asif Ali Zardari to put the air force on high alert.

News of the call was first reported in the Pakistani newspaper Dawn over the weekend, and was subsequently picked up by other Pakistani media. But on Sunday, Mukherjee released a statement saying he had first learned of the call from “third countries,” and that the call was a hoax.

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari listens to a question ... 
Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari listens to a question during a news conference in Istanbul, December 5, 2008. Pakistan President Zardari and Afghanistan’s Karzai met in Istanbul during a summit organised by Turkish leaders President Gul and PM Erdogan in Istanbul on Friday.REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY)

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