February 17, 2004
What's with the NY Times front page piece on Arab-American contributions to the Bush campaign? The title of the article is Arabs in U.S. Raising Money to Back Bush, but the two main examples of the piece are two Iranian-Americans: "Mr. Hosseini, who left Iran when he was 13" and "Mori Hosseini, the Iranian-born chief executive of ICI Homes." It's journalism 101 that Iranians are not Arabs, and it's really surprising that the Times would make this mistake. Maybe these two guys are Arabs who grew up in Iran, but that would have to be clarified (only 3% of Iranians are Arabs). I don't mean to be nitpicky, but it's an important distinction for lots of people.
Update: Slate's Jack Shafer is all over this too.