Our esteemed president is losing The New York Times, which ought to convince a few more of his lockstep sycophants that he really is bleeding this time. Upon initial publication, this editorial included the following:
Those reassurances have never been persuasive — whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency’s phone records or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism — especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and accountability. The administration has now lost all credibility.
By this morning, that last line had been revised to read:
The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue.
There is no acknowledgment of the change—not even a wan little “this article was revised after initial publication” or similar. Down the memory hole it goes. We are at war with Eastasia. We have always been at war with Eastasia.
Now this is not some fly-by-night rag. This is, ostensibly, a/the “newspaper of record.” The piece didn’t get out there without an edit, and perhaps more than one. So it’s difficult for me to believe that the idea for this change came from inside the Times.
No big deal, I guess. It’s only integrity.