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September 22, 2004
NY Times Still Promoting Story Based On Forgeries

CQ reader Dave B. gets a biweekly e-mail from the New York Times with the top 10 list of the most popular articles from the past fortnight. In the e-mail he received today for Sept. 8-22, Dave was amazed to find this collection of links submitted for his perusal:

In case you missed any of these stories, below are the Top 10 Most Read Articles on NYTimes.com over the last two weeks (as of 11 a.m. ET, Sept. 22). ...

1. Portrait of George Bush in '72: Unanchored in Turbulent Time
By SARA RIMER, Published Sept. 20

2. Falling Bodies, a 9/11 Image Etched in Pain
By KEVIN FLYNN and JIM DWYER, Published Sept. 10

3. Documents Suggest Special Treatment for Bush in Guard
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE and RALPH BLUMENTHAL, Published Sept. 9

How clueless is this? Does the New York Times editorial board make it a habit to promote stories based on forgeries? I'm not suggesting they purge the article from their archives, but to promote the article to their registered users after all of the furor CBS has unleashed is breathtakingly stupid.

Perhaps Pinch Sulzberger could give us a follow-up on this theme, like the Top 10 Fictions of Jayson Blair, or a retrospective on the Augusta Masters Tournament Coverage That Changed The World.

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