Der Spiegel Apologizes to Readers over Coverage of Bellingcat MH17 Report
Under the headline “What we learn from the coverage of the Bellingcat report,” Der Spiegel’s online edition has published an apology for taking it at face value.
“Among our journalistic principles is the fact that we do not assess explosive news as reliable until we have received it from two trustworthy sources independent from each other.”
“If we rate news so explosive that we do not want to withhold it from you, dear readers, even if we could not verify it, then we choose a careful formulation.”
But this, the choosing of a careful formulation for yet to be verified explosive news, is exactly what Der Spiegel failed to do at least twice during the initial coverage of the Bellingcat MH17 report.