Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

September 20, 2013

Mint Press article repudiated by supposed co-author

Filed under: journalism,Syria — louisproyect @ 7:30 pm


Retraction and Apology to Our Readers for Mint Press Article on Syria Gas Attack

Eric Garris, September 20, 2013

On August 31, Antiwar.com reprinted an article from Mint Press News: “Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack.” We originally linked to it, but then reprinted on our site at the request of Mint Press because traffic on their site was crashing their server. The validity of the story was primarily based on the fact that the supposed co-author (Dale Gavlak) is a reporter for Associated Press.

Many other articles have been written which refer to the information contained in the Mint Press piece, including ones appearing on Antiwar.com.

Dale Gavlak has issued a statement saying she did not co-author the article and denies that she traveled to Syria or contributed to the article in any way. Here is his statement:

Mint Press News incorrectly used my byline for an article it published on August 29, 2013 alleging chemical weapons usage by Syrian rebels. Despite my repeated requests, made directly and through legal counsel, they have not been willing to issue a retraction stating that I was not the author. Yahya Ababneh is the sole reporter and author of the Mint Press News piece.   To date, Mint Press News has refused to act professionally or honestly in regards to disclosing the actual authorship and sources for this story.

I did not travel to Syria, have any discussions with Syrian rebels, or do any other reporting on which the article is based.  The article is not based on my personal observations and should not be given credence based on my journalistic reputation. Also, it is false and misleading to attribute comments made in the story as if they were my own statements.

The staff of Antiwar.com sincerely and deeply apologizes for being a part of spreading this article. We also apologize to Dale Gavlak.


  1. It will be interesting to see what firedoglake does. The article was “front paged” there in a blog post by a frequent contributor, Phoenix Woman, a contributor known for being a progressive Democratic Party apparatchik, previously associated with Narco News, where Al Giordano suppressed anti-Obama comments about US policy in Central America. Will she and firedoglake issue an equally prominent front page retraction?

    Comment by Richard Estes — September 20, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

  2. More on Phoenix Woman and firedoglake:

    “Even as the other portions of the English-speaking Western media seems to be advocating for intervening in Syria so the secularist Assad government can be toppled and replaced by an Al-Qaeda-allied Sunni theocracy, the tiny startup enterprise Mint Press News sends out experienced journalists to cover Syria and bring back stories that undermine the rush to theocracy.”

    Talk about putting your foot in your mouth.


    Comment by Richard Estes — September 20, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

  3. http://www.mintpressnews.com/official-statement-on-dale-gavlaks-involvement-in-syria-exclusive/169507/

    Awkward. Will you amend your post to take this into account, or will you just pretend it didn’t happen?

    Comment by Musa al-Gharbi — September 22, 2013 @ 5:00 am

  4. I told Mint Press that they should go with the Ray McGovern/Budansky “false flag” story or your own about it being a pogrom against Christians.

    Comment by louisproyect — September 22, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

  5. So it is true that Dale Gavlak is under pressure from sinister outside forces to retract his authorship on that Mint Press report?

    Comment by Bankotsu — September 22, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

  6. Dale is a woman. Who can say? For me the real issue has been the idiocy of the report.

    Comment by louisproyect — September 22, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

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