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NY Times Pretends Baltimore Had Only One Night of 'Looting and Arson'

NY Times Pretends Baltimore Had Only One Night of 'Looting and Arson'

By Tom Blumer at Newsbusters

The folks at the New York Times must believe not only that their reporters are entitled to inject their opinions into hard-news stories, but that they can also inject their own "facts." Oh, and they can change those facts at will over time to fit the circumstances. Sheryl Gay Stolberg's Wednesday story about the city's $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray appearing in Thursday's print edition is a perfect case in point. Stolberg recast events following Gray's death to claim that there was only one night of rioting, when there were clearly two — even though contemporaneous coverage at the Times itself identified two separate nights of riots. Here is the passage in question in Stolberg's Wednesday story:

Mr. Gray was arrested April 12 in Sandtown-Winchester, a blighted neighborhood of boarded-up rowhouses in West Baltimore. His death on April 19 set off nearly two weeks of largely peaceful protests, followed by a night of looting and arson. It also opened a deep wound in Baltimore, a majority black city with an African-American mayor and a history of tensions between black residents and the police.  

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