June 12, 2003

Jim Hoagland Mentions the Guardian/Wolfy/Oil

Jim Hoagland Mentions the Guardian/Wolfy/Oil Distortion

In a column mostly on the press in Saudi Arabia:

"One of Britain's outstanding newspapers, the Guardian, found itself embarrassed last week by what some readers saw as the too-hot pursuit of a politically convenient but bogus report about the Bush administration's motives in Iraq. The Guardian quickly acknowledged error -- up to a point."

Later in the oped:

"A different, more subtle problem of media imperfection surfaced on the Guardian's Web site on June 4. In a citation that originated with Germany's Die Welt, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was quoted as claiming that Washington had gone to war because Iraq "swims on a sea of oil." Pentagon critics quickly winged that item around the globe on the Internet. But the Guardian soon established what Wolfowitz had actually said -- that because Iraq "floats on a sea of oil," economic pressure could not work there -- and pulled the item from the Web site. In the newspaper's June 7 edition, an ombudsman focused on translation and hasty editing as factors in the egregious error.

But that error also neatly fits into the stereotypes of Wolfowitz and the administration's motivations in Iraq put forth for months by the Guardian's editorialists, the German media at large and critics in the United States. With that picture firmly in mind, the original story seems to have been "too good to check" for too many."

Unfortunately Hoagland gives the Guardian credit for catching the error rather than the blogosphere. And what "winged...around the globe on the Internet" was the unmasking of the Guardian's error rather than material from "Pentagon critics." So some slightly sloppy reporting about sloppy reporting!

Posted by Gregory at June 12, 2003 11:35 AM
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