By launching its own investigation in Yemen and elsewhere, the Times might be able to find out what those guys doing jumping jacks were really up to.

Correction: This article originally reported that the public radio program To the Point is produced by NPR. In fact, the program is co-produced by Public Radio International and KCRW, a Los Angeles-area public radio station. The relevant sentence has been corrected. CJR regrets the error.

Michael Massing is a contributing editor to CJR and the author of Now They Tell Us: The American Press and Iraq.