It appears as though there is at least one paper willing to uphold basic standards of journalistic integrity as The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette admits they "bungled" coverage of the September 11 Commission’s conclusions on an Iraq/al-Qaeda link. (Hat tip to Captain Ed for the link.)
On Thursday, the lead headline in the Post-Gazette was "Saddam, al-Qaida Not Linked. Sept. 11 Panel’s Conclusion at Odds with Administration." In the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that day, the banner headline read: "9/11 Panel Debunks Saddam Link. Report: No Evidence of al-Qaida Ties."
This was false, as the chair and vice chair of the 9/11 commission hastened to make clear…
The Post-Gazette and Tribune-Review were by no means alone in getting the story wrong. The erroneous PG story Thursday was from The Washington Post. The story we ran Friday, headlined "Bush, Cheney Defend Linking Iraq, al-Qaida" — which avoided mentioning that both the chairman and co-chairman of the 9/11 commission agreed with Bush —was from The New York Times.
If you want to know why I don’t trust the conventional media, and why there is a liberal bias in media, look no further. The "newspapers of record" said that the September 11 Commission said there were no ties between Iraq and al-Qaeda — which is an outright lie. Then, in a follow-up piece the New York Times continued to neglect to mention the connections which were found by the Commission as well as the fact that Commission members had argued that there were links between the two.
It’s another reason why the media simply can’t be trusted to tell the story straight.