Today’s Bad Journalism from The New York Times

I know The New York Times does some good stuff. But they also publish a lot of stories which mislead or leave out important details. Here’s an example: a story published today with the headline “U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq by Year’s End, Obama Says.”

Buried somewhere on page A8, about 80% of the way through the story is the following quote, without any commentary or further analysis:

The United States will still keep about 160 military personnel to guard its embassy in Baghdad and manage the continuing military relationship. There will also be 4,000 to 5,000 private State Department security contractors, as well as a significant C.I.A. presence.

Excerpt from U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq by Year’s End, Obama Says

I’m not saying whether it is right or wrong for troops to stay in Iraq or leave (I’ll leave those opinions for other posts on this blog). But isn’t it a little misleading to say that our military presence is leaving Iraq if at least 4,000 private security contractors and a significant C.I.A. presence is staying… possibly indefinitely?

Where’s the rest of the story?

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