The New York Times is asking “Fox & Friends”, the Fox News’ morning show to apologize for that the newspaper calls a “malicious and inaccurate segment” about the newspaper, intelligence leaks and the Islamic State that aired it on Saturday.
Danielle Rhoades Ha, the New York Times spokeswoman said Sunday that she requested an “on-air apology and tweet.” The paper, she wrote, took to an issue with a Fox host on the segment saying that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State leader sneaked away under the darkness cover after a New York Times story” in 2015 and the comment of a hosts that the U.S. government “would have had al-Baghdadi based on the intelligence and that we had leaked information to the failing New York Times.”
The segment referred to the comments by a top military official recorded in a Friday Fox story. In the Fox story, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command, Gen. Tony Thomas, said his team was “close” to al-Baghdadi after a 2015 raid, but the “lead went dead” after it” leaked in a prominent national newspaper.” The Fox story actually connected Thomas with the Times, stating that Thomas “emerged to be referring to a New York Times report in June 2015 detailing how American intelligence agencies had ‘pulled out valuable information.'”
The FoxNews.com story was online on Sunday with a Times statement. “Fox & Friends” will “provide tomorrow morning an updated story to viewers based on the FoxNews.com report,” said the company in a statement emailed by Caley Cronin, Fox spokeswoman.