Thursday, November 02, 2006

NY Times out-and-out lies on Kerry

The Anchoress NY Times out-and-out lies on Kerry (& costs us plenty) - Updated:

"Patterico found this, and it’s a beaut. This is one that actually demands many polite-but-indignant phone calls to the paper. The “public editor” can be reached at (212) 556-7652.

The NY Times has finally reported on the Kerry Brouhaha. After 18 sympathetic paragraphs in which the writer spits and polishes things from a Kerrian perspective, you finally get to read what Kerry actually said. Except you don’t. You get to read something completely different.

Writes Patterico: What makes this piece so outrageous is that it flat-out lies about what Kerry said.

That’s right. I’ll repeat it, because it’s so jaw-dropping: in the piece linked above, the New York Times tells a straight lie about the actual content of Kerry’s remarks.

Once Zernike finally gets around to discussing what Kerry actually said, she claims:

Mr. Kerry’s prepared remarks to California students on Monday called for him to say, “Do you know where you end up if you don’t study, if you aren’t smart, if you’re intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq. Just ask President Bush.” In his delivery, he dropped the word “us.”

Really? He said “Just ask President Bush”?

Zernike is claiming that Kerry said:

Do you know where you end up if you don’t study, if you aren’t smart, if you’re intellectually lazy? You end up getting stuck in a war in Iraq. Just ask President Bush.

Only that’s not even remotely what he said. If it were, then we wouldn’t be having this debate. The inclusion of “Just ask President Bush” — if Kerry had actually spoken that line — would have made it a no-brainer that Kerry meant this as an anti-Bush joke. An absolute no-brainer.

But that’s not what Kerry said. Here is what he did say:

You know, education — if you make the most of it, you study hard and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.

Period. Full stop. There is no mention of President Bush whatsoever in that quote.

Are there still people on this planet who trust this newspaper?!?! You’ll want to read his whole post. In Kerry’s orginal quote (which the Times never actually does give it’s readers) Kerry left out not only the word “us.” He left out “a war” and “just ask President Bush.”

The Times writer, by not giving an accurate quote of what Kerry said, lies by omission and gives a completely false impression of what all of this has been about. Had Kerry said, “just ask President Bush,” no one would have ever thought twice about his words - they’ve had been drowned in the ocean of “Bush dumb” jokes.

I think it’s hysterical that people who read the Times still think they’re the best-informed people on the planet."

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