Jun
01
1999

Sudan Bombing 'Mistake' Inspires Media Indifference

In May, there was a huge break in the story of the recent U.S. missile attack on Sudan. But you'd hardly know it from reading the U.S. press. In a tremendous reversal on the part of the U.S. government, the Treasury Department decided to unfreeze the assets of Saleh Idris, the owner of the El Shifa factory that was destroyed in last August's attack. Idris' assets had been frozen while the U.S. government tried to prove charges that he was linked to alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. Idris has maintained all along that the plant produced pharmaceuticals, not the […]

Jun
01
1999

Invisible Ink

June 1999 The Times ran a disclaimer (3/19/95) for a remark it would not repeat. It said the computer did it. The remark had turned up in a March 15 dispatch about Texas Governor George W. Bush studying to become president. One of the Times ' many editors, the correction revealed, had added in a comment to that story that was intended only for the eyes of other kibbitzers. It was written in what they call a nonprinting script, like invisible ink. Only there was a glitch. It got into print. But what was the comment? The Times didn't say. […]