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Baffled in Boston

The Boston Globe does the Curly Shuffle:

A “miscommunication among staffers” and “a breakdown of checks and balances” led to The Boston Globe’s publication Wednesday of a photo in which two people are holding a group of sexually graphic pictures, purportedly taken in Iraq (but actually not), that the paper has deemed inappropriate, the Globe’s ombudsman said.

Christine Chinlund, who has held the ombudsman post for two years, made the photo the subject of a column on Friday, declaring that the paper should have done a better job of screening the photo before it ran.

Well, duh! Especially since WorldNetDaily reporter Sherrie Gossett disclosed the forged photo scam a week before the Globe ran the story.

This is just the latest in a long string of examples that show why the American public is turning away from traditional sources of news. They are often inaccurate, if not untrue; they’re slanted; and when they’re caught in a mistake, they’re arrogant.

Were the editors at the Boston Globe repentant?

Guess what?

The staff at the Boston Globe was furious at WorldNetDaily for exposing their gaffe.

Within minutes of the posting of the story, the Globe reporter and editors were angrily demanding WND editors retract the story, pull it from the website, make it go away.


The reporter first told WND editors that our reporter, Sherrie Gossett, had not identified herself as a journalist.

After Gossett produced e-mails in which she clearly identified herself as a journalist and offered up links to four previous stories she had written on the subject of the bogus rape photos in an effort to help the Globe, the story changed.

Then one of the editors told me our reporter had failed to explain she was eliciting information for the purpose of preparing a story.

Uh, after Ms. Gossett identified herself, what did the Globe editor think she was doing?

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