Don’t Know Much about Recent History

The New York Times was forced to issue the following correction recently:

An article on Sept. 11 about President Obama’s speech to the nation describing his plans for a military campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, gave an incorrect comparison between efforts by the president to seek allies’ support for his plans and President George W. Bush’s efforts on such backing for the Iraq war. The approach Mr. Obama is taking is similar to the one Mr. Bush took; it is not the case that, “Unlike Mr. Bush in the Iraq war, Mr. Obama has sought to surround the United States with partners.”

Of course, anyone with a decent memory regarding the events of the past decade or so would have been able to save the Times from committing any kind of error in the first place. Google could have also set the Times straight, but I guess that the folks running the Gray Lady decided that it would be more fun to be amusingly wrong than it would to be boringly right.

Incidentally, I agree entirely with Dylan Byers’s e-mail correspondent.