TIME, which first broke the Haditha allegations, is now going back and retracting parts of its story.
Why did it take so long from TIME to correct its reporting? Is this a sign of a cover-up?
TIME initially reported the video everyone has seen on the news came from a journalism student who then then gave it the Hammurabi Human Rights Group.
TIME reported that Hammurabi had ties to Human Rights Watch–a well known agency.
TIME now says:
TIME said the video was shot by young journalism student. But, it was actually shot by this man, the Secretary General of the two-man Hammurabi organization.
TIME, with its third error, has made the following correction:
“In the original version of this story, TIME reported that “one of the most damning pieces of evidence investigators have in their possession, John Sifton of Human Rights Watch told Time’s Tim McGirk, is a photo, taken by a Marine with his cell phone that shows Iraqis kneeling — and thus posing no threat — before they were shot.” While Sifton did tell TIME that there was photographic evidence, taken by Marines, he had only heard about the specific content of the photos from reports done by NBC, and had no firsthand knowledge. TIME regrets the error.”
So, after TIME made three errors, and did not come clean on them immediately, it is obvious something is wrong with their coverage.
First they attempted to lend credibility to Hammurabi.
Then they intentionally mislead readers about the source of the video.
Then they falsly report about damning evidence.
Why didn’t the Editors at TIME uncover these errors in the original reports?
Were they intentionally overlooked?
Should there be an investigation to get all the facts?
Will there be any sanctions for the reporters?
Will TIME magazine hold themselves to the same standards they hold Marines too? We sincerely doubt it.