The NYT's Nicholas Kristof apologizes today to Steven Hatfill for his columns about the anthrax attacks that zeroed in on him as the primary suspect. Kristof makes it clear he's not issuing the apology because he has to (Hatfill won a multimillion-dollar payout from the government, but his lawsuit against the NYT was dismissed) but rather because he feels a "moral [obligation] to express regret for any added distress from my columns." Although Kristof says he was right to look into the issue, "the job of the news media is supposed to be to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. Instead, I managed to afflict the afflicted."
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