U.S. Marine Corps

Hearing the sounds of Afghans screaming and looking out at the black smoke of burning tires beyond the perimeter in May 2005, I got my first taste of how poorly researched journalism can have real-world consequences.

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T&P/Patrick Baker

"You need about a hundred different lenses to begin to understand conflict," says New York Times reporter, veteran war correspondent, and former Marine C.J. Chivers. "When people tell me they read one particular writer or one particular publication, I think in my head, 'Well, you’re kind of fucked.' It’s not enough. Get out of your box."

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• Photo by Spc. Luke Thornberry

Earlier this month, C.J. Chivers at the New York Times dropped a bombshell report revealing after we invaded Iraq in 2003, the Pentagon covered up casualties from chemical weapons left behind by Saddam Hussein. The story was immediately seized by many conservatives as proof President George W. Bush was right to launch the Iraq War in order to track down those weapons --- weapons which, until now, were thought to have never been found.

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