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NYT retracts many prewar intelligence claims

May 26, 2004 8:17 AM

Finally, the New York Times has retracted many of the claims made in its paper about Iraq's weapons capability before the war.

[W]e have found a number of instances of coverage that was not as rigorous as it should have been. In some cases, information that was controversial then, and seems questionable now, was insufficiently qualified or allowed to stand unchallenged. Looking back, we wish we had been more aggressive in re-examining the claims as new evidence emerged — or failed to emerge.

They refused to call out Judith Miller by name, and instead admitted to damning lapses in journalistic integrity throughout their coverage.

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"and instead admitted to damning lapses in journalistic integrity throughout their coverage"

So, we are supposed to believe them now?

Thu May 27 2004 8:04 AM

Athena D:

"fas-cism (fbsh'iz'em) n. A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism."

Fri Jun 4 2004 4:44 PM


A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.

Sun Jun 6 2004 11:26 AM


2. Oppressive, dictatorial control.

[Italian fascismo, from fascio, group, from Late Latin fascium, from Latin fascis, bundle.]
fasˇcistic [ f-shstk ] adj.

Word History: It is fitting that the name of an authoritarian political movement like Fascism, founded in 1919 by Benito Mussolini, should come from the name of a symbol of authority. The Italian name of the movement, fascismo, is derived from fascio, "bundle, (political) group," but also refers to the movement's emblem, the fasces, a bundle of rods bound around a projecting axe-head that was carried before an ancient Roman magistrate by an attendant as a symbol of authority and power. The name of Mussolini's group of revolutionaries was soon used for similar nationalistic movements in other countries that sought to gain power through violence and ruthlessness, such as National Socialism.




Sun Jun 6 2004 4:05 PM


Your use of "a dictatorship of the extreme right" prompted me to find the true meaning of "Fascism" to make sure that no one: person, party, movement, organization has a monopoly on fascism.

Mon Jun 7 2004 8:40 AM

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