Glenn Greenwald, Pick Up the Phone Once in a While


In a recent column, Glenn Greenwald accuses me of surreptitiously changing a headline on an earlier post from "Glenn Greenwald Compares the Iraq War to the Nazi Conquest of Europe" to "The Iraq War and the Conquest of Europe."  This change, he says, is more evidence of my moral failings, of which there are many:

Goldberg blared a thoroughly false accusation in his headline that was picked up in several places, then apparently changed it once he realized it was false, but without a single indication of the change or even a retraction.  Because he offered no explanation, one can only speculate about what led him to do this.

Well, no, speculation isn't the only choice. Reporting would have been another choice. If Greenwald had called me, or written, I would have told him that a new intern at The Atlantic quite innocently changed the headline without my knowledge, to match a headline written for the Atlantic's International Channel, where the original headline was too long to fit. I didn't know about this change until someone alerted me to Glenn Greenwald's charge. We've changed the headline back to the original, the one that accuses Greenwald of comparing the Iraq War to the Nazi conquest of Europe. And the intern, who is very smart, but very new, now knows that blog posts aren't allowed to be altered without the permission of the blogger.

By the way, Glenn, if you don't believe me, you could call or write James Bennet, the editor of The Atlantic, or Bob Cohn, the editor of, and ask them yourselves. This is obviously something you should have before you made your reckless charge, but better late than never.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. Author of the book Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror, Goldberg also writes the magazine's advice column. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward, and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

His book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. Goldberg rthe recipient of the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism. He is also the recipient of 2005's Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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