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Was Cox Report Overblown?
The 'Times' revisits China coverage

One of the big news stories last spring was the release of the Cox report, a congressional investigation into claims that Chinese spies had stolen U.S. nuclear secrets. The report was heavily hyped in The New York Times, with coverage ranging from alleged crimes at Los Alamos to the threat of nuclear attack by China.

But Lars-Erik Nelson of the Daily News quickly dubbed the report Cold War alarmism, a thesis he expanded in an essay in the July 15 New York Review of Books. After interviewing nuclear-weapons and intelligence experts, Nelson reported that the allegations of a threat were "overblown" and probably attributable to people who favor more U.S. spending on ballistic missiles. He scored the Times for being "more credulous" about the charges than any other U.S. newspaper.

In a piece for the August 1 New York Times Sunday Magazine, Patrick E. Tyler, formerly the Times's Beijing bureau chief, also interviewed weapons experts about the nuclear threat described by the Cox report, and found the allegations to be unsupported, politically motivated, and dangerous for foreign policy. Tyler did not mention the previous Times coverage.

Times Magazine editor Adam Moss declined to comment. However, one Times source noted that the differences in press coverage of China reflect the lack of consensus among political, academic, and foreign policy circles. That may be, but the contextualization was long overdue.


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