How New York Times Erred On CA Terrorist’s Social Media Messages


The New York Times wrongly reported that Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Ca., “talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad.” Times public editor Margaret Sullivan quotes Executive Editor Dean Baquet as saying that the Times’ sources “apparently did not know the difference between public and private messages on social-media platforms.” In other words, Malik made her statements in private emails that would not have been accessible to U.S. investigators checking her visa application.

Sullivan, noting that the Times also erred in saying that there was a criminal investigation recommended of Hillary Clinton’s emails as Secretary of State, says that the newspaper “needs to fix its overuse of unnamed government sources. And it needs to slow down the reporting and editing process, especially in the fever-pitch atmosphere surrounding a major news event.”

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