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Analyzing An 'Analysis': It Came Up Short

An 'analysis' didn't initially get a needed label and didn't follow protocol.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russian investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on June 21, 2017. Source: Saul Loeb

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, along with the broader questions about Russian interference in the 2016 election, are among the most pressing stories of the moment. They also are viewed through highly partisan lenses.

For those reasons (as well as for basic journalistic ones), NPR needs to get the story right. Yet for the second time this month, NPR has had to walk back a published report on the topic.

The most recent unforced error was a piece published on last Saturday. Philip Ewing, NPR's national security editor, wrote it. (He was also the author of the earlier piece that contained a major error. I wrote about that .)

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