Trump Slams 'Failing New York Times' For Foiling ISIS Leader's Capture


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The New York Times is demanding an on-air apology from Fox News over a weekend report that claimed the newspaper foiled an attempt by the us military to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The Times asked for an apology for what it called a "malicious and inaccurate segment".

Considering Herridge had said in her 2015 report that intelligence gathered in the raid could lead the US closer to al-Baghdadi, she said through that logic that Fox itself was unpatriotic.

Trump tweeted: "The Failing New York Times foiled US attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, al-Baghdad".

The president chimed in after the segment aired Saturday, tweeting that The Times has a "sick agenda" over national security.

Fox News issued a statement late Sunday addressing the matter, but noted The Times' slow reaction while questioning their "concern for accuracy". She further said that nobody from Fox had reached out to the newspaper for comment before running the story on its website or on-air.

Thomas did not mention the New York Times, the newspaper notes.

Fox News has updated the report on its website and attached the letter.

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"It's failing the American people", said co-host Abby Huntsman.

"It wasn't an apology, nor did it begin to address the larger issues with the "Fox & Friends" weekend segment, one of which was sheer hypocrisy", Rhoades Ha said.

Senior Army official General Tony Thomas had told Fox that a promising lead on the Islamic State leader was lost after the media leak. "Unfortunately, it was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead", Thomas reportedly said at the forum. Thomas said the raid garnered a valuable lead that could have led the al-Baghdadi, but it went cold after it was leaked "in a prominent USA newspaper" about a week later.

In its Friday article, Fox News said that Thomas appeared to be talking about a Times report published in June 2015 that described how USA intelligence agencies "extracted valuable information" during the raid.

The Times had a few points to make in its defensive editorial, published Sunday.

When in fact the raid against Abu Sayyaf occurred on May 16, 2015 and was announced that day in an official statement by Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Several media outlets reported about it at the time, including the Times and Fox News. If the US government wanted to keep the detention and likely interrogation of the wife secret, the Pentagon would not have publicly announced it.

In its letter to Fox News, the Times also said the network did not reach out the paper for comment.

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