Raines added: “We will be similarly vague about statistics. James Bennet will continue to randomise the size of the Palestinian population of Gaza from anywhere between 700,000 to 1.2 million people.”
“Similarly,” continued Raines, “We will be sure to suppress stories of the US government spying on allies and United Nations officials as we did before the war in Iraq. And when 100,000 Americans turn out in Washington DC to protest the next war, we’ll be sure to describe them as ‘thousands of protesters’, you can count on that.”
When challenged about how Jayson Blair managed to con The New York Times for four straight years without the newspaper finding out, Raines stressed that the Times had been conning the American public for 150 years and would continue to meet expectations when reporting on the Middle East.