Will Fox and Friends give an apology to the New York Times? The Times has asked the Fox News morning show for an apology on Sunday after the network seemed to blame the newspaper for leaking intelligence information falsely. Fox and Friends said that a leaked report from the Times led to a top ISIS leader’s escape.
“I am writing on behalf of The New York Times to request an on-air apology and tweet from Fox & Friends in regards to a malicious and inaccurate segment ‘NY Times leak allowed ISIS leader to slip away,’” the letter said. “Neither the staff at Fox & Friends, nor the writers of a related story on FoxNews.com, appeared to make any attempt to confirm relevant facts, nor did they reach out to The New York Times for comment,” the Times request noted about the segment that aired on Friday.
Fox News gave a response to the Times request on Sunday and noted that the article had been updated. They also criticized the newspaper for “hyperventilating to the media about a correction.”
“The FoxNews.com story was already updated online and Fox & Friends, will also provide an updated story to viewers tomorrow morning based on theFoxNews.com report. For all of their hyperventilating to the media about a correction, the New York Times didn’t reach out to anyone at Fox News until Sunday afternoon for a story that ran Friday night,” the news network said in a statement.
The Fox News story got a lot of added focus when President Trump reiterated the claims in the report saying, “The Failing New York Times foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, Al-Baghdadi. Their sick agenda over National Security,” Trump tweeted.
A source for Fox News had this to say about the demand for an apology from the Times, “If we notified the press every time the New York Times had to update an online story or correct something, your inbox would crash.”
The Fox report originated from a comment General Tony Thomas made while speaking at a conference in Aspen. The Washington Post published an article that mentioned Thomas’s comment and noted that he had previously blamed the Times for U.S. forces losing the trail on Baghdadi. “Gen. Tony Thomas told reporters that a Times story in 2015 about using certain data to track Islamic State fighters that was gleaned in the Abu Sayyaf raid resulted in U.S. forces losing the trail to Baghdadi,” the Post article says.
But the Times refers to the general’s comments as misleading, and maintain that is was Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s announcement of the raid in question that could have tipped off the ISIS and Syrian leader.
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Credit: The Hill