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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
NewsBusters Repeats Dubious KSM Claim
Topic: NewsBusters

An April 27 NewsBusters post by Ken Shepherd repeats a post by right-wing blogger Patterico criticizing the Los Angeles Times for failing to note that "recently declassified memos confirm that waterboarding [Khalid Shaikh Mohammed] was key to disrupting a plot to fly airplanes into the tallest skyscraper in Los Angeles."

Both Shepherd and Patterico fail to mention that there's significant doubt about that claim. As we've detailed, the Bush administration has claimed that the Los Angeles plot was foiled a year before Mohammed was captured.

It appears that the Times was showing restraint by refusing to report a claim about which reasonable doubt has been raised.

Anyone think Shepherd or Patterico will give the Times credit for that? We thought not.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:24 AM EDT

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