Editors at several levels who should have been challenging reporters and pressing for more skepticism were perhaps too intent on rushing scoops into the paper. Accounts of Iraqi defectors were not always weighed against their strong desire to have Saddam Hussein ousted. Articles based on dire claims about Iraq tended to get prominent display, while follow-up articles that called the original ones into question were sometimes buried. In some cases, there was no follow-up at all.Отрадно, конечно, но было бы лучше если бы они об этом подумали раньше.
Интересно, что по именам репортеров не упоминают. А стоило бы. Например, в известной статье Judith Miller (которая в нынешнем оправдании упоминается), были очень интересные пассажи (выделение добавлено):
While this reporter could not interview the scientist, she was permitted to see him from a distance at the sites where he said that material from the arms program was buried.