Pentagon Praises Critical New York Times Stories: That’s What a Free Press at Its Very Best Does

From a New York Times story by Michael M. Grynbaum headlined “Pentagon Praises a Times Series That Exposed Civilian Deaths in Air War”:

An investigation last year by The New York Times revealed a tragic spate of undisclosed civilian deaths from America’s air war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

The series was deeply critical of the American government, and on Monday it won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. Then it received some praise from a more unlikely source: the American government.

John F. Kirby, press secretary for the Defense Department, acknowledged to reporters at the Pentagon that the investigation was “not comfortable, not easy and not simple to address.”