In this post Jay Rosen points to Times Public Editor Daniel Okrent’s report on NY Times coverage of Iraq WMD. (Does this guy really work for the paper?) Both articles are an excellent read. The clincher – in the second paragraph:
To anyone who read the paper between September 2002 and June 2003, the impression that Saddam Hussein possessed, or was acquiring, a frightening arsenal of W.M.D. seemed unmistakable. Except, of course, it appears to have been mistaken.
The question remains how the NY Times will deal with this in future stories. It is one thing to acknowledge past mistakes, quite another to initiate the institutional change that is necessary to address Okrent’s points.