The reputation of the former hallowed New York Times continues to falter. The latest debacle was triggered by a recent article by Michael Gordon in which he claimed that the Lebanese group Hezbollah is training Iraqi militants inside Iran. These unsubstantiated claims from ‘unnamed sources’ were completely refuted by an Iraqi government spokesman.
John Stauber of PR Watch heaped his scorn on Gordon’s article stating that it was “reminiscent of the horrendous errors of judgment and bad journalism committed by Michael Gordon, Judith Miller and others at the New York Times who turned the paper into a conduit for phony stories that sold the war in Iraq.” Retired Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner said he feels the article is “part of a strategic communications plan.” Once again the propaganda merchants have been cooking up a new stew to justify an attack on Iran to please our ‘special friend’ in the Middle East. Former Ambassador, John Bolton a dangerous ‘loose canon’ favored by the Bush Administration called for strikes against Iran when he was interviewed by the most untrustworthy, unbalanced cable network, Fox News.