Friday, February 15, 2013

The New York Times' record on Syria: new highs in journalism

"Correction: February 14, 2013
An earlier version of this article misspelled the names of the city and the major oil field facilities in Syria’s northeast Hasaka province that insurgents claim to have captured. The city is Shadadah, not Shadadi, and the oil field facilities are al-Jbeysa, not al-Jabsa.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: February 14, 2013
An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to the city of Shadadah in northeast Syria. It is not one of the country's 10 largest cities."  

So other than those corrections, the article was pretty accurate despite those qualifications:  "If confirmed"..."corroborating their assertions with videos posted on the Internet"..."None of those assertions can be verified"..."insurgents also claimed to have overrun an army battalion...".  And with this, the New York Times emerges as the most accurate and reliable newspaper on Syrian developments. 

PS A Comrade sent me this:  "By the way.  I don't think there is an area in Syria called Shadadah.  There is Shaddadi (some call it Al-Shaddadeh) الشدادي checking with colleagues here.