New York Times Still Wants An Apology For 'Malicious' Fox News Segment

New York Times Still Wants An Apology For 'Malicious' Fox News Segment

The New York Times has asked that the television show "Fox & Friends" apologize for what a Times spokeswoman described as a "malicious and inaccurate segment" that aired last week accusing the paper of publishing a story in 2015 that had hindered the USA military's attempt to kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group.

"The Failing New York Times foiled United States attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, Al-Baghdadi", the president wrote. About 25 minutes later, Trump - a frequent "Fox & Friends" viewer - tweeted about the report and accused the "Failing New York Times" of having a "sick agenda over National Security".

Also, the Times says it asked Pentagon sources for comment before publishing its story and that no one had any problems with it.

On Monday, "Fox & Friends" ran an update of the segment that included the Times' response disputing Thomas' statements, made on July 21 during an interview at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.

The New York Times is asking Fox News' morning show "Fox & Friends" to apologize for what the newspaper calls a "malicious and inaccurate segment" about the newspaper, intelligence leaks and the Islamic State that aired Saturday.

Thomas appeared to be referring to a New York Times report in June 2015 that detailed how American intelligence agencies had "extracted valuable information".

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"Neither Fox News' report nor the subsequent on-air coverage was inaccurate". Several media outlets reported about it at the time, including the Times and Fox News.

"The host railed against The New York Times for covering a raid stating that the USA government "would have had al-Baghdadi based on the intelligence that we had except someone leaked" to The New York Times when Fox News had covered the same raid three weeks earlier in a segment in which their correspondent said, 'The newly recovered intelligence may bring USA closer to Baghdadi's kill or capture'".

Fox News "updated" its reports on Monday's Fox & Friends, and online, while firing back that "for all of their concern about accuracy, the New York Times didn't reach out to anyone at Fox News until Sunday afternoon for a story that ran Friday night", though that shot seemed to miss the mark.

Writer Eric Schmitt reported that American intelligence officials seized a wealth of data on "how the organization's shadowy leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, operates and tries to avoid being tracked by coalition forces". Weekday co-host Steve Doocy also read part of the statement on air Monday.

The report referenced comments made by the head of the United States Special Operations Command Gen.

The Times went on to claim that it disclosed the June 2015 article to the Pentagon before publication, and there was no objection.

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