I yield to no man in my admiration for intrepid New York Times war correspondent C.J. Chivers.
But his byline should not have stood alone atop Monday’s Boston Globe front-page piece headlined, “Leaked archive casts stark light on Afghan war.”
The Globe story, plucked off the Times wire service, summarized the WikiLeaks wikidump of five years’ worth of military documents chronicling the war in Afghanistan.
Not to get technical about it, but the original Times piece had many makers:
This article was written and reported by C. J. Chivers, Carlotta Gall, Andrew W. Lehren, Mark Mazzetti, Jane Perlez, and Eric Schmitt, with contributions from Jacob Harris and Alan McLean.
Chivers did, however, solo in a separate Monday Times piece with this captivating lede:
Nothing in the documents made public on Sunday offers as vivid a miniature of the Afghan war so far — from hope to heartbreak — as the field reports from one lonely base: Combat Outpost Keating.
Credit where credit is due, yes?
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