The New York Times ran a front-page story Tuesday critical of Guantanamo. The article described the case of an Afghan man who died in Guantanamo after five years' detention, allegedly on false charges of being a Taliban commander.
It turns out the writer and co-author of the piece, Andy Worthington, was a well known critic of Guantanamo and of US policy. Now the paper's editors say they "were not aware" of the author's past writings on the subject.
Gee, maybe a simple google check would have helped? The Huffington Post, The far-left Counterpunch, AlterNet, and this revealing blog name, Guantanamo Blog, may have shed some light on Worthington's bias? Antiwar Radio also lists an Andy Worthington. Let's check out Amazon! It lists the book by Worthington entitled The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 759 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison.
The NYT have apologized, but geeze, isn't a background check Journalism 101?
Thanks to all this information from JammieWearingFool.