New York Times Hooks Wrong Chilean Salmon Source

The New York Times printed a story about the Chilean salmon industry which has created a furor in Chile since sources used by the American newspaper were of dubious validity. The newspaper admitted on Tuesday that a man identified as a top port official was, in fact, a security guard who claimed that bags in the Marine Harvest facility contained antibiotics, pigments, and hormones. The newspaper admitted: “Had The Times been aware of his actual position at the time, it would not have cited him as an authority on the contents of the bags, which were labeled medicated food. The article also should have noted that Marine Harvest and SalmonChile, an industry association, deny that they use hormones or that the pigments they use pose any risk to consumers.”

The article created a literal firestorm in Chile since it resulted in Safeway suspending purchases of salmon from Chile which impacted the entire industry. One is left with the impression that sometimes The New York Times prints some of the news that is not worthy of being printed.

  • bruce

    What has gotten lost in the mistake in the NY Times article is that the salmon industry in Chile is guilty of all that was reported and more.

  • Fred Stopsky

    You may well be right. But, the Times has a reputation to uphold.