According to, the Times published "an editorial letter admitting that its flawed reporting during the buildup to war with Iraq helped promote the misleading belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction" in 2004.A second internal criticism by Daniel Okrent went further to say that the problem was “institutional” and that many stories were broken before and after the war that were later unsubtantiated. These stoires, he said, were based largely on anonymous sources(3).

The Times has been accused of bias in editorials, hard news, soft news, and op-ed. Although the editorial section is biased by definition, some studies have accused the Times of "intentionally selecting op-ed pieces and letters to the editor that "bracket" their editorial position, making the editorials appear to be moderate." Some also believe that there is political content in the art section of the paper.


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