The New York Times issued an interesting correction today, relating to a recent op-ed by Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi: "What You Don't Know About Gaza."
Editors' Note: January 30, 2009
An Op-Ed article on Jan. 8, on misperceptions of Gaza, included an unverified quotation. A former Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff, Moshe Yaalon, was quoted as saying in 2002 that "the Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people." This quotation, while cited widely, does not appear in the Israeli newspaper interview to which it is usually attributed. Its original source has not been found, and thus it should not have appeared in the article.
For those blocking out the final days of the election, Khalidi factored into a mini-controversy because of an LA Times story chronicling an event held in his honor that Obama attended. Despite pressure on the Times to release a video of the event, the paper never did. (It was unclear whether the Times even still possessed it.)