Public Radio Execs Question Credibility of NYT’s Michael Barbaro After Caliphate Retraction

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A group of more than 20 public radio stations nationwide have condemned the New York Times and the host of its hit podcast The Daily for their handling of the of the audio series Caliphate, NPR’s David Folkenflik reports.

The letter from members of the Public Radio Program Directors Association, sent late on Jan. 11, reportedly focused less on Caliphate’s mishandling of its main subject, and more on Daily host Michael Barbaro’s behind-the-scenes efforts to pressure journalists to limit criticism of the Caliphate retraction, which NPR first reported.

The New York Times retracted key parts of its hit Caliphate series on Dec. 18, amid credibility gaps of its main subject, a Canadian who
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