The NY Times is failing to trust but verify their sources. Erik Wemple of the WaPo notes a LOL correction to a NY Times front pager on a mysterious climate change report (linked here on Tuesday):
New York Times guilty of large screw-up on climate-change story
The New York Times on Wednesday appended a correction to a story about a climate change study:
Correction: August 9, 2017
An article on Tuesday about a sweeping federal climate change report referred incorrectly to the availability of the report. While it was not widely publicized, the report was uploaded by the nonprofit Internet Archive in January; it was not first made public by The New York Times.
That correction, which sits at the foot of the story, dutifully straightens out the record. Yet given the magnitude of the screw-up, it should sit atop the story, surrounded by red flashing lights and perhaps an audio track to instruct readers: Warning: This story once peddled a faulty and damaging premise.
That premise suggests that the Trump administration is stifling a damaging draft report — part of the congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment — with dire warnings about climate change.
Yeah, well, they might have been suppressing it - isn't "hide it in plain sight" one of the older tricks in the book? Just Keep On Resisting, you failing Grey Lady, and do the fact checks later, or never.
I should add that events have moved on - the Times is currently hosting a later draft dated June 28, which was not their original link to a version uploaded in January and again in March for public comment.