No such luck. The newspaper, determined not to be beaten on its own story, rushed an article about the kidnapping and escape into print. According to Rohde, the Times got one detail wrong and also potentially endangered his driver, who remained behind, by naming him. So before leaving Afghanistan, and before his long-awaited reunion with his wife, the exhausted reporter had a professional obligation to discharge: e-mailing his editors two corrections from overseas.


Julia M. Klein is a cultural reporter and critic in Philadelphia and a CJR contributing editor.