FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015
The New York Times does it again: At 10:25 this morning, Kevin Drum basically said that the Times had done it again.
The Times had written a front-page report about Candidate Clinton. The exciting report had opened with a startling claim:
“Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information....”
Say what? Two inspectors general had requested a criminal probe of Candidate Clinton? The claim sounded very dire. Then, as always, the story changed! The new version of the Times front-page report was suddenly starting like this:
“Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled....”
The alleged criminal probe was no longer centered on Clinton.
Drum thought this apparent bungle by the Times was worth a post all by itself. His post carried this headline:
“Hillary vs. the Press, Round One Million: The Times Screws Up a Scoop.”
Now, the story seems to have changed again! From the AP and the Washington Post on down, numerous news orgs are now reporting that no one ever requested a criminal probe at all.
You can forget your Times front page. Apparently, there never was a request for a criminal probe.
The New York Times defies belief. This has long been the case.
That said, a general code of silence has long surrounded this newspaper’s deeply peculiar workings. Within the guild, one doesn’t discuss the things the mighty New York Times does.
This morning, Kevin Drum did! We have his next headline for him right here:
“The New York Times vs. Clinton/Gore/Clinton, Round One Million and One.”