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New York Times Blames Apple for Phone Thefts

Yeah, that makes total sense

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FORTUNE—Slipping back into a lazy editorial stance that it rode last year all the way to a Pulitzer Prize, the New York Times has crafted a front page story about the growing problem of cellphone thefts that manages to shift the blame from the thieves who steal them to the carriers that subsidize them and the manufacturers that make them—singling out Apple in particular.

The piece in Thursday's paper—Cellphone Thefts Grow, but the Industry Looks the Other Way — leads with an anecdote about an iPhone snatched in the Bronx and never recovered. Within five paragraphs the authors—Brian X. Chen and Malia Wollan—have taken readers to a meeting with Apple: