No one should really be surprised, of course, by the fact that the New York Times seems to go out of its way to offer political support to the Obama administration. But still, this is quite extraordinary:
If you read The New York Times‘ story on President Barack Obama‘s private meeting with news columnists Friday morning, you may have caught one quote that made the President look particularly bad:
In his meeting with the columnists, Mr. Obama indicated that he did not see enough cable television to fully appreciate the anxiety after the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and made clear that he plans to step up his public arguments.
The President of the United States failed to understand that Americans were anxious after two major terrorist attacks in Western cities because he doesn’t watch TV? It’s an admission that opponents are sure to use to make the president seem out-of-touch at best, and unconcerned about a serious threat at worst.
Many politicos and journalists immediately saw the newsworthiness of the statement, especially after CNN’s Brian Stelter drew attention to it.
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But just as the quote was beginning to make the rounds, it disappeared entirely from the the Times piece, without a correction or any indication that the piece had been updated.
The Times later claimed that the admission was cut for space reasons, which seems more than a little strange; a number of people on Twitter noted that the revised Times piece was longer than the original piece. Perhaps that is true, perhaps not; I did not compare the pieces side by side in order to check. But it is abundantly clear that the deleted paragraph was the part of the piece most likely to make the jaws of readers drop.
And it was eliminated from the piece. Imagine that. Also, imagine the New York Times doing this sort of thing for a Republican president. Bet you can’t.
(Picture from the Mediaite story.)