NY Times Publishes Hit Piece on the International Republican Institute but won’t let them Respond

Posted: February 16, 2006 in Media

Most Americans haven’t heard of the International Republican Institute, but for over 20 years IRI has helped advance democracy in the world. IRI has monitored elections in over 160 nations with little or no history in democracy — and supports democracy efforts in many others. But the New York Times published a lengthy piece, “Mixed U.S. Signals Helped Tilt Haiti Toward Chaos,” two weeks ago highly critical of IRI’s role in Haiti, accusing IRI of undercutting official U.S. policy there and worse. IRI’s president, Lorne Craner, penned a response to the Times‘ accusations but they have refused to print it without “substantive edits.” As a result, Craner responds to the New York Times in today’s Washington Times. Also, a point by point rebuttal may be found on the IRI web site.

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