You can’t get closer to the intersection of politics and media than the smackdown between California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa and the New York Times. A few dates and links:
Aug. 14: The Times publishes an investigative piece by Eric Lichtblau titled “A Businessman in Congress Helps His District and Himself.” The nut graph:
As his private wealth and public power have grown, so too has the overlap between his private and business lives, with at least some of the congressman’s government actions helping to make a rich man even richer and raising the potential for conflicts.
Aug. 16: New York Times issues minor correction to the story.
Aug. 18: Issa blasts the New York Times in a letter citing 13 alleged mistakes in the story and demanding a retraction.
Aug. 23: Issa & Co. go nuclear, issuing a statement drawing parallels between Lichtblau and former New York Times reporters Jayson Blair and Rick Bragg.
Aug. 19: Politico chronicles mess.
Aug. 25: New York Times writes blistering letter pushing back at Issa. Tract concludes, “it is troubling to see your office using the letterhead and imprimatur of a powerful congressional committee to wage personal and meritless attacks on a reporter and a news organization.”
Today: New York Times issues two additional corrections to the story. Both of the corrections point to the mistakes of others as the cause of the errors.
Today: Moments ago, Issa shoots back, renewing his request for a front-page retraction of the article.