Kaplan says Times got it wrong: Reliably told that this is Thanksgiving, we're going out to clean the pasture spring. We don't expect to post again until next Monday.
That said, we want to offer an instant correction of our last award-winning post. According to Fred Kaplan, Donald J. Trump didn't tell the New York Times that he has changed his mind about torture.
Here's the shocker. According to Kaplan, the New York Times managed to misreport its own meeting with Donald J. Trump! Kaplan's report at Slate appears beneath these headlines:
Trump Has Not Changed His Mind About TortureOur intention to clean the pasture spring keeps us from reading the transcript ourselves. But Kaplan describes the Times' latest bungle thusly:
The transcript of the New York Times interview contradicts the paper’s own story.
KAPLAN (11/23/16): There’s a notion out there that, after talking with Gen. James Mattis, who might be the next secretary of defense, President-elect Donald Trump is suddenly opposed to waterboarding. In fact, this isn’t true at all.According to Kaplan, the New York Times' transcript of the event contradicts its own news report. Trump didn't say that he'd taken a hike. "He explicitly said the opposite!"
The notion arose from a story in the New York Times about Trump’s hourlong meeting on Tuesday with the paper’s editors and reporters.
However, the full transcript of the session, which the Times published on its website, reveals a different bottom line. Trump is quoted as telling the same story about Mattis, adding, “I was surprised [by his answer], because he’s known as being like the toughest guy.”
But Trump then goes on, “And when he said that, I’m not saying it changed my mind.” (Italics added.) Let me repeat that: Contrary to the Times’ own news story, it is not the case that “Mr. Trump suggested he had changed his mind about the value of waterboarding.” In fact, he explicitly said the opposite.
We've tried to tell you about the depth of the New York Times' cultural / journalistic / intellectual dysfunction. People assume that we must be embellishing, joking around for effect.
"But dearest darlings," some are inclined to say. "It's such a wonderful brand!"
In the weeks to come, we plan to return to Kaplan's report about the Clinton emails and the assessment of same delivered by Comey the God. Last July, our mugging/clowning cable stars completely ignored that report.
Despite the intellectual brilliance and moral greatness which we of course all acknowledge, could that have been one of the three million ways we managed to get ourselves defeated in the recent presidential election? We think you should ponder the various things our self-dealing stars left unsaid.
Breaking! Despite the praise we heap on ourselves, our tribe just isn't especially sharp. The pass we took on Kaplan's report is one small part of a pitiful story which extends back many years.
On the brighter side, Rachel was very amusing last night, and ratings remain fairly good.