Dean Baquet is one of the biggest threats to journalism right now, but everyone in a position to report on him wants a job from him. https://t.co/JsgUd30IlS— Tentin Quarantino (@agraybee) December 19, 2020
Dean Banquet said the following about being taken in by a transparent fraud by a phony "Isis executioner".
We fell in love with the fact that we had gotten a member of ISIS who would describe his life in the caliphate and would describe his crimes ……… I think we were so in love with it that when we saw evidence that maybe he was a fabulist, when we saw evidence that he was making some of it up, we didn't listen hard enough.
In essence, Dean Banquet was quoting the Mason Williams song The Exciting Accident, which states, "This is not a true tale, but who needs truth if it's dull."
While this is fine for Williams, song writer, comedian, photographer, poet, and photographer to do in a song, it is not the proper attitude for the editor in chief of the what is arguably most prestigious newspaper in the United States. (Though each year that Banquet is there this status seems increasingly precarious)