New York Times Responsible For Journalist's Death, Cousin Alleges

For many admirers of Anthony Shadid's reporting, the foreign correspondent's death in Syria earlier this year was a needless tragedy. For at least one member of Shadid's family, the blame for the war reporter's death from an acute asthma attack lies with his employer, The New York Times.

On Sunday, according to Politico, Shadid's cousin told an annual gathering of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee that the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist (pictured at left) had heated arguments with his editors just prior to his final trip into the country, and informed his wife that The New York Times would be to blame if he died.

"The phone call the night before he left [Turkey for Syria], there was screaming and slamming on the phone in discussions with editors," the website reports Shadid's cousin, Ed Shadid, as saying last night at the meeting in Washington, D.C.

"It was at this time that he called his wife, Nada Bakri, and gave his last haunting directive that if anything happens to me I want the world to know The New York Times killed me," Ed Shadid said during in a speech to the group.

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Some attending the meeting tweeted Shadid's comment, noting that the audience at the gathering was surprised by the statement.

Politico reports that Anthony Shadid is said to have complained about logistical issues regarding his transfer into Syria. Shadid, who died Feb. 16, was enduring health issues prior to entering Syria, Ed Shadid also told the audience.

Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy rebutted Ed Shadid's claims, telling Politico that the newspaper's editors didn't pressure Anthony Shadid into going into Syria.

"Anthony's death was a tragedy, and we appreciate the enduring grief that his family feels," Politico quotes Murphy as saying. "With respect, we disagree with Ed Shadid's version of the facts."

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These things have been in play a long, long, time. Who side was th NYT’s on back in 1860, and well before, when the debate was begun in earnest regarding the sovereignty of the states and the limitations of the federal gov?

Nothing has changed w/ these people and it will be a blessed day when they have to shut their doors.

June 26 2012 at 6:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian Workman

The "NYTimes" can do "NO" Wrong! Hope the relatives get a Mill$$$ or more!!!

June 25 2012 at 10:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Much as I can't stand the New York Times, this accusation is ridiculous. Asthmatics must be aware of how to control their disease and do so whenever necessary. Blaming an asthma attack on an emotional encounter over a work assignment, which, knowing your condition you should have sense enough to avoid, is just self-serving nonsense. (I am a lifelong asthmatic; I am well of what I must do to protect myself.) Shadid was a respected war correspondent. Reporting from war zones is what he did; he knew the risks. He deserves a better eulogy than this, even though his accusation, made in the heat of the moment, contributed to it.

June 25 2012 at 10:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My husband is 54, in the financial industry, and suffering from all sorts of health issues due to stress (including asthma). To blame his company would be silly-- it's a combination of his type-A personality and the stock market/economic climate that we're in. I think Mr. Shadid's stituation was probably similar.

June 25 2012 at 10:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


June 25 2012 at 10:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is a very poorly written article. I read the whole thing and am still not clear on why the New York Times is being held responsible for Anthony Shadid's death. If David Schepp is such a hotshot writer, why would he leave such a basic unanswered question with the main topic of his article?

June 25 2012 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

if he died of an asthma attack, how is it the NYT's fault? I read the story several times and I still don't get where they're at faul :/

June 25 2012 at 9:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He could have refused to go, right?

June 25 2012 at 9:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No sheet ?

June 25 2012 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Of course the New York Times disagrees with Ed Shadid's version of the facts. I mean, how could they possibly be responsible for any death, right? They know they're responsible. They just won't ever admit it. Deny, deny, deny. So sad!

June 25 2012 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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