Skip to comments.NYT's Peters 'Cleans Up' Jonathan Weisman's Original Report on Friday's IRS Scandal Hearing
Posted on 05/19/2013 6:52:13 AM PDT by chessplayer
Clearly, the New York Times couldn't run with Jonathan Weisman's headline or opening sentence in the report he filed shortly after Friday's portion of Friday's testimony at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee in its Saturday print edition. And it didn't.
The original headline at Weisman's story, as seen here (HT Ann Althouse via Instapundit), was "Treasury Knew of I.R.S. Inquiry in 2012, Official Says." His opening sentence: "The Treasury Departments inspector general told senior Treasury officials in June 2012 he was auditing the Internal Revenue Services screening of politically active organizations seeking tax exemptions, disclosing for the first time on Friday that Obama administration officials were aware of the matter during the presidential campaign year." Along came Jeremy Peters, who helped to "properly" frame these matters, turning it into yet another "Republicans attack our poor innocent administration" piece. That is what made it to today's paper -- on Page A12, naturally accompanied by a "better" headline.
"Treasury Knew of I.R.S. Inquiry in 2012, Official Says."
"The Treasury Departments inspector general told senior Treasury officials in June 2012 he was auditing the Internal Revenue Services screening of politically active organizations seeking tax exemptions, disclosing for the first time on Friday that Obama administration officials were aware of the matter during the presidential campaign year."
After they "fixed" it:
"Republicans Expand I.R.S. Inquiry, With Eye on White House"
WASHINGTON "Congressional Republicans, not resting with the Internal Revenue Service scandal, are moving to broaden the matter to an array of tax malfeasances and intimidation tactics they hope will ensnare the White House."
Yes, FR is indispensable. :)
Reminds me of an apocryphal story told me by an old high school teacher. According to him, there was a series of ten races involving an American car and a Soviet-made car. The American car won 8 out of the ten races and the Soviet won two.
The American media reproted the races, as noted in the paragraph above. The Soviet media reported that the Soviets placed first in two races and second in eight while the Americans were last in eight races and second last in two.
Perhaps the NYT editor had worked for Soviet media in the past?
Whenever an article starts with a sentence like that edited one, there’s no use reading the rest of the article because you know it’s going to be an Obama apologetic.
Yup. The media is quickly reverting to form. No wonder why obama isn’t worried about this and is throwing partys. By mid-week the IRS scandal will be a non-story except for Foxnews.
Related comments by me on another thread with the original un-doctored article:
“No wonder why obama isnt worried about this and is throwing partys”
You also could see this attitude in Miller’s arrogance. He has contempt for congress and he also realizes that like all Obama scandals they end up in a pile of dust. The Republicans in congress should be camping out on the White House steps demanding Obama step down and the prosecution of Miller and Schulman.
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