NEW YORK—Explaining that new information contradicting earlier reporting had come to light, The New York Times corrected a previous story Monday by admitting that they actually burned a recently destroyed Venezuela aid convoy. “After further review, those responsible for lighting Molotov cocktails and destroying several trucks carrying medical supplies are clearly our reporters,” said the paper’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, apologizing for attributing the Feb. 23 attack to supporters of the Nicolas Maduro government instead of its own writers and photographers. “This reflects a larger problem in the media of rushing to make the facts fit a convenient narrative instead of ensuring that their reporting accurately reflects their own role in creating it. We have amended the article to show that new pictures depict multiple Times employees throwing homemade bombs in the direction of the trucks and ultimately causing the destruction. The Times regrets the error and also destroying that humanitarian aid.” The Times additionally addressed the erroneous reporting with an editorial harshly criticizing the other reporters on the scene in Venezuela for doing nothing to stop them.
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