New York Times admits 'institutional failing' over 'Caliphate' podcast

The New York Times said Friday that its award-winning podcast “Caliphate” failed to meet editorial standards, admitting it was unable to corroborate a Canadian’s claim that he executed people for the Islamic State group. The newspaper launched an investigation into the 2018 series after authorities in Canada in September charged 25-year-old Shehroze Chaudhry — the podcast’s central figure — with perpetrating a terrorist hoax. Chaudhry claimed in “Caliphate,” which won a Peabody Award, that he had traveled to Syria in 2016 and personally carried out at least two executions and witnessed other…

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