The fog of war leads to some very shoddy reporting, as media outlets favor speed over accuracy.
I love this analysis. One nit I have is that the caption does not say the photo is not the hospital. It just describes it and only in “above” is the connection made that the photo isn’t the intended impression.
I grew up in the DC area and the WaPo & NYT were staples at my parents’ home. As I returned to my parents home through out the years, I could no longer read either paper due to their morphing from “Newspapers” to propaganda mouthpieces for the progressive movement.
I do remember the time when “news” was exactly that and you did not have to fact check the news outlets. Unfortunately, those days are long gone.
Looking forward to the day when WaPo joins the Washington Star in the graveyard of “news” publications, with the NYT, close behind.
But David... the Matrix and the New York Times are acting exactly as the laws of social physics say it SHOULD act -- to support the popular authority. If your journalism is limited to high status sources, if you don't follow those rules, you lose the ability to survive as an outlet. COVID/NIAID was a premier example on why the CDC and such never got bad press.
It's also why more evolved legalistic codes of journalistic codes arose, because of this type of yellow journalism. We're seeing a major regression -- but it's been going on for a while. Remember WMDs? That literally cost the lives of millions. But it served the power structure all too well. The Matrix doesn't always win in the end. But denying its existence is like denying the Law of Gravity. https://empathy.guru/2021/02/27/the-predictable-memetic-collapse-of-contemporary-journalism/
I'm a big fan of your work Dave, but on this piece I think you missed the larger point that major media reshaped its coverage to comply with the official narrative by ignoring (censoring) the strongest evidence that the strike was Israeli -- the audio of the video of the strike is consistent with advanced, high-precision missiles that are not in the possession of Hamas or Islamic Jihad. Here's the video: https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2023/oct/18/gaza-footage-shows-ahli-arab-hospital-blast-video?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email.
Here's a tweet by Mario Nawfal that includes a sound comparison of the missile strike as well as an analysis by an anonymous alleged expert: https://x.com/MarioNawfal/status/1714419377305428295?s=20
Furthermore, the UK's Channel 4 debunked the audio tape of alleged Hamas/IJ operatives presented by Israel: https://www.channel4.com/news/who-was-behind-the-gaza-hospital-blast-visual-investigation.
Did anyone read David Leonhardt NYT column from Friday morning? He attempts to make excuses for the hospital bombing reporting. To me it’s just CYA, and there was no explanation for the fake photo.
His “Bottom Line” is “None of this evidence is definitive. Even U.S. officials, as my colleague Julian Barnes wrote yesterday, say that there is significantly more work to be done to determine what precisely happened.”
It is really a disappointing column.
Link to the article: https://messaging-custom-newsletters.nytimes.com/template/oakv2?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20231020&instance_id=105668&nl=the-morning&productCode=NN®i_id=162992292&segment_id=147835&te=1&uri=nyt%3A%2F%2Fnewsletter%2F1734b5bc-b455-5ac0-bc30-94d0656d00b0&user_id=3f96d60d4d9a9172e00db572f2ab5a58