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New York Times torched for editor’s note about coverage of Gaza hospital blast: ‘Relied only on Hamas’

The New York Times drew heavy criticism last week for amplifying the Hamas-run Health Ministry’s claims that an Israeli airstrike struck a hospital in Gaza without informing its readers that the information couldn’t immediately be verified.  

The Times released an editor’s note on Monday saying its initial accounts “attributed the claim of Israeli responsibility to Palestinian officials, and noted that the Israeli military said it was investigating the blast.” 

“However, the early versions of the coverage — and the prominence it received in a headline, news alert and social media channels — relied too heavily on claims by Hamas, and did not make clear that those claims could not immediately be verified. The report left readers with an incorrect impression about what was known and how credible the account was,” the statement read in part. 

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The NYT said its initial accounts of the Gaza hospital explosion “relied too heavily on claims by Hamas, and did not make clear that those claims could not immediately be verified.” ((Fox News))

The Israeli Defense Forces denied striking the hospital, writing on X, formerly known as Twitter, that a “failed rocket launch by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization hit the Al Ahli hospital in Gaza City.” 

An Associated Press visual analysis released on Saturday found the most likely cause of the explosion was the result of a rocket “fired from within Palestinian territory” that broke up in the air and fell to the ground. 

“Newsroom leaders continue to examine procedures around the biggest breaking news events — including for the use of the largest headlines in the digital report — to determine what additional safeguards may be warranted,” the statement continued. 

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Ashley Carnahan is a production assistant at Fox News Digital.

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