NY Times demands apology from ‘Fox & Friends’ over ‘malicious’ segment; here’s what they got …

Is Fox News being used as a pawn to go after President Donald Trump, or is the Gray Lady taking out two birds with a single stone?

The New York Times called out “Fox & Friends” over the claim the newspaper foiled a plan to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The Times asked for an apology for what it called a “malicious and inaccurate segment.”

The segment in question, aired Saturday morning, featured comments from General Raymond Thomas, who said an article in The Times on intelligence agencies having “extracted valuable information” led to al-Baghdadi escaping, the Associated Press reported.

Following the “Fox & Friends” story, Trump tweeted that the “failing” New York Times “foiled” an attempt to kill al-Baghdadi.

“Their sick agenda over National Security,” he added.

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In the request for an apology, The Times countered that the Pentagon issued a news release several weeks before their article ran, and that the Pentagon “raised no objections” with the piece before it was published.

Fox News issued a statement late Sunday addressing the matter, but noted The Times’ slow reaction while questioning their “concern for accuracy.”

“The FoxNews.com story was already updated online and Fox & Friends will also provide an updated story to viewers tomorrow morning based on the FoxNews.com report. For all of their concern about accuracy, the New York Times didn’t reach out to anyone at Fox News until Sunday afternoon for a story that ran Friday night.”

UPDATE: An additional statement was released later in the day:

“Neither FOX News’ report nor the subsequent on-air coverage was inaccurate. We find it beyond disappointing that the New York Times, in an attempt to distract from their recent debacle, decided to blame FOX News for comments made publicly by General Thomas during a widely viewed panel at the Aspen Security Forum. It might behoove the Times to actually check in with their reporter Eric Schmitt to see whether Gen. Thomas’ comments have merit and whether Schmitt’s reporting in 2015 revealed intelligence that allowed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to slip away.” – FOX News

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The curt response shows that there’s little love lost between the two media entities… and that we may see a little reverse fact-checking in the coming days — a ripe market if ever there was one.

Tom Tillison

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