Shame on The New York Times, Chapter II
: Ali, the subject of Sarah Boxer’s reprehensible exercise in unjournalism (dissected here), responds to the story on his blog. I quote in full. Hang your head in shame, Boxer:
I feel I should give my opinion on the NY times article about me and Iraq the Model that has created some variable reactions on the blogosphere. The article was, despite Ms Boxer’s kindness, a bad piece of journalism. I had around 45 minutes long phone call with the reporter about my journey with Iraq the Model, my new site, the elections, the general situation here in Baghdad but she (or the paper) seems to have a certain agenda and managed to change the whole issue into a very silly gossip (going as far as quoting trolls!) that is way beneath any respectable paper and certainly beneath me so I won’t give it more attention but lesson learned and I won’t make the mistake of talking to anyone from the NY times again. It’s important to note though that my feelings of respect, gratitude and love for the American people have never and will never change.
Also before I turn to discuss more important issues that I created this site for, I’d like to ask the people who are coming from the site of the very informed Dr. Cole a favor. Can you please ask him to show us his sources (regarding the Fallujah myth) that he consider superior to mine? The funny thing is that he links to my site but continue to ignore linking to Iraq the Model! Maybe he thinks I’m on his side now? I’m sorry, I’ve changed my mind a bit but not to the degree of standing against America and my own country! Also he seems to not remember that it was me who pointed his little ‘slip’ about Fallujah, not my brothers, and the fact that he insist on this issue can only turn his slip into * gasp* a lie? Now could it be possible that higher beings like Dr. Cole are actually capable of lying!? I hope not but I won’t hold my breath waiting for him to show us his credible sources.
Prof. Pondscum will never hang his head in shame. He says on his site (no permalinks) that he “became suspicious of the original site when they mysteriously attacked” — that is, dared to disagree with — Cole. He continued the insult: “Being dentists, of course, they don’t know their way around the British archives and don’t realize that secondary works aren’t exhaustive.” Prof. Pondsnot.
I also got email from Ali’s brother Omar of IraqTheModel, who called Boxer’s work “that ugly piece on the NYT.” For shame, Boxer. For shame, Times.
: THURSDAY UPDATE: Michael Jinks alerts me to this comment discussion at Ali’s blog:
You say the article on you was shoddy journalism. Why? Simply because a troll was quoted? Were you misquoted? The article seemed accurate to what I remember occurring at ITM.
Not just quoting a troll. The manner I was quoted gives others the sense that I have changed my mind about America as a whole ( it’s like someone cutting and pasting randomly, or better say, to make it look different than what it meant) which is not true and not what I said at all. And yes, in some parts I was even misquoted.
This is why it would be good to have a recording of that 45-minute interview Boxer did — and a list of all the interviews she did (and did not) do… so we could judge her work ourselves and so the interview subject could have his say.