The LA Times gives quite possibly the lamest excuse for not checking their facts ever given by a reporter:
A news analysis about the new Iraqi government in Sunday’s Section A stated that outgoing administrator L. Paul Bremer III did not give a farewell speech to the country. His spokesman has since said that Bremer taped an address that was given to Iraqi broadcast media. The spokesman said the address was not publicized to the Western news media.
Well, apparently the LA Times‘s Baghdad bureau couldn’t have turned on a bloody television and watched it. The argument that unless Bremer’s staff personally handed them a tape they would never have noticed it is either disingenous or a sign of absolute incompetence.
Last time I checked, reporters were supposed to go out and hunt for facts rather than hoping that they get a press release for someone. Then again, I didn’t go to journalism school like the big boys, so what do I know?