Fox & Friends that morning reported "al-Baghdadi was able to sneak away under the cover of darkness after a New York Times story" and that the USA government "would have had al-Baghdadi based on the intelligence that we had except someone leaked information to the failing New York Times".
On Monday, "Fox & Friends" ran an update of the segment that included the Times' response disputing Thomas' statements, made on July 21 during an interview at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.
But Fox did name The Times, repeatedly, with the caption "NYT foils USA attempt to take out Al-Bahgdadi;" one of the show's hosts Pete Hegseth, blamed the "failing New York Times" for leaking information.
Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said Fox was guilty of "sheer hypocrisy" because the network had also reported about a USA raid that netted valuable intelligence soon after it took place. It was likely referring to this Fox News article that quotes Gen. Tony Thomas asserting that a June 8, 2015, report in the Times about a raid in Syria cost military intelligence a lead that could have led to the capture of the ISIS leader known as Abu Sayyaf.
Thomas told Herridge that an important lead on Baghdadi's whereabouts "was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead".
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Although Fox News has updated its reporting - which was based on comments recently made by a US general - with a statement from the Times, it has not apologized for any part of its story. The newspaper said no senior American official complained publicly about the story until now.
Rhoades Ha said no one from Fox contacted the Times for comment before Herridge's piece was published. She further said that nobody from Fox had reached out to the newspaper for comment before running the story on its website or on-air. Hegseth said the Times "is not just failing in its credibility". To ensure his safety, specially entrusted drivers pick up each of the emirs and demand that they hand over their cellphones and any other electronic devices to avoid inadvertently disclosing their location through tracking by American intelligence, the officials said.
"It wasn't an apology", Rhoades Ha said, "nor did it begin to address the larger issues with the "Fox & Friends" weekend segment, one of which was sheer hypocrisy".
"According to the curious logic of the Fox & Friends host, Fox News itself was unpatriotic", she added. The network suggested the Times should check to see whether Thomas' comments have merit and whether anything revealed in its report hindered US operations.
Fox News has updated the report on its website and attached the letter. He didn't pass judgment on Doocy's statement.