Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
OpEdNews Op Eds

ProPublica's mistake was inevitable in age of CIA secrecy over torture

By       Message Trevor Timm       (Page 1 of 2 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   3 comments

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 3/17/18

Author 87840
Become a Fan
  (2 fans)

From Columbia Journalism Review

From youtube.com: Trump's New CIA Nominee, Gina Haspel {MID-266368}
Trump's New CIA Nominee, Gina Haspel
(Image by YouTube, Channel: Democracy Now!)
  Permission   Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -

PROPUBLICA LAST YEAR published a widely cited article linking Trump's CIA nominee Gina Haspel directly to the waterboarding and torture of Abu Zubaydah when she was in charge of a CIA black site prison in Thailand in 2002. Yesterday, ProPublica was forced to retract and apologize for a significant part of the article's content.

There's no doubt it was a considerable mistake. You can imagine Team Trump will use the incident to muddy the waters about torture -- with more "fake news" proclamations -- in an attempt to get Haspel through the nomination process. But ProPublica did what it should have: issue a detailed correction along with an explanation about how it happened as soon as it had new information. Mistakes in reporting inevitably happen, no matter the subject, and it's the news organization's response to those mistakes that matters.

(It's still indisputable, by the way, that Haspel was in charge of the black site when another captive was waterboarded, and that she played a key role in the destruction, against White House orders, of almost 100 hours of tapes that showed the CIA engaging in torture.)

- Advertisement -

But it's worth taking a longer look at why a mistake like ProPublica's is more likely to happen when reporting on CIA activities, and why everyone should be furious at the government, rather than place the blame solely on ProPublica.

In its report, ProPublica was forced to use a combination of heavily censored CIA and court documents and anonymous sources to piece together what happened over a decade ago in the secret CIA prison Haspel ran. Many of the documents were made public only after years of Freedom of Information Act fights brought by public interest groups, while many other documents on Haspel's CIA tenure remain classified.

These types of unintentional mistakes would be almost entirely avoidable if journalists did not have to read between the lines of ridiculous government redactions meant to cover up crimes.

- Advertisement -

Click Here to Read Whole Article

- Advertisement -
 

Ad info: click here

Top Content
in the Last 2 Days
(by Page Views)

A Top Trump Insider Appears to Conclude That the White House Is Doomed Posted by Rob Kall (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Is Kushner Covering for Bin Salman Murder Charge so Israel can Usurp Palestinian West Bank? by Juan Cole (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Marcy Wheeler: Mueller Probe Could Lead to Indictment of the Trump Organization by Democracy Now (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Two Steps Back: The Yellow-Vest Response to Bad Planning by Domp Filanowski (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

9/11 Alleged and Unprosecuted Crimes to be Brought before Grand Jury in Southern District of New York by Scott Baker (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Is Michael Cohen Trumputin's Dead Meat? Are We? by Harvey Wasserman (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Beto O'Rourke vs. Trump in 2020? A Compendium of Analyses: Pros, Cons, and One Electoral Mathematics Projection by Stephen Fox (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Alexis Tsipras' Failed Attempt at Democratic Socialism by John Kiriakou (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

BREAKING: Court Order Confirms DNC Fraud Lawsuit Appeal Will Proceed Posted by Stephen Fox (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Who's destroying England and Western Europe? by Jon Rappoport (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Assorted Thoughts On Politics, Humanity, And The World by Caitlin Johnstone (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Heresy of White Christianity by Chris Hedges (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Watch Vigil for Julian Assange by Consortium News (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Pursuit of Happiness? Rats! by Josh Mitteldorf (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Truth and Free Speech Are Being Taken Away From Us by Paul Craig Roberts (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

One language is not another by Peter Chisholm (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

What the Marc Lamont Hill Affair Really Tells us About Zionist Goals by Lawrence Davidson (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Impeachment of Donald Trump Is No Longer "Off the Table" by John Nichols (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Climate Buddha's Abrupt Climate Change Glossary by D Matthew Chute(Chi) (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

We Can Help Thousands of Persons Fleeing Violence in Central America. We Helped Over 131,000 Vietnamese in 1975 by Ann Wright (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

A Crisis in the Making: Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them by John Whitehead (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Mumbai's Dreaded Underworld Secret by Rob Williamson (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Imagine a World Without War, Where Migrants Are Welcomed, Where Women Are Not Targets by Vijay Prashad (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Words and their Power Over Us by Marcello Rollando (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Daily Inspiration — Rainbows and Algorithms by Josh Mitteldorf (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Go To Top 50 Most Popular

- Advertisement -
Classics of Liberal Thinking

Progressive Radio Links