“Fox News Channel on Monday clarified, but didn’t apologize for, a weekend segment that The New York Times said falsely accused the newspaper of revealing intelligence information that enabled Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to elude capture by U.S. forces two years ago,” the AP reports.
The report quotes Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha saying Fox is guilty of “sheer hypocrisy” because the cable net had also reported on a U.S. raid that netted valuable intelligence soon after it took place.
“The dispute between the two news outlets was magnified by White House attention,” the AP reports. “A ‘Fox & Friends’ report Saturday was headlined, ‘NYT foils U.S. attempt to take out al-Baghdadi.’ President Donald Trump was apparently watching, because less than a half-hour later he tweeted that the Times ‘foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, Al-Baghdadi. Their sick agenda over National Security.'”
The AP report adds: “The issue surfaced following a Friday interview of Gen. Tony Thomas, head of the U.S. special operations command, by Fox correspondent Catherine Herridge. They talked about a May 16, 2015, raid in Syria where U.S. forces killed a top al-Baghdadi aide and captured his wife. Thomas said the raid garnered a valuable lead that could have led the U.S. to al-Baghdadi, but it went cold after it was leaked ‘in a prominent U.S. newspaper’ about a week later. Herridge, writing for Fox’s web site, tied it to the Times.”
“Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy aired some of Thomas’ remarks today, noting that The Times had described its findings to the Pentagon at the time and that the story had drawn no complaints, the AP reports.