On Thursday, The New York Times ran one of its most controversial editorials in recent history. In it, the editors condemned the Obama administration in fiery terms for its blanket surveillance of American phone records. The original editorial contained this key line, which became our headline at Breitbart News: “The administration has now lost all credibility.”
At the time, we pointed out, “That doesn’t mean the Obama worship will stop.”
It took all of four hours to resume.
By late Thursday evening, the editorial had been changed so that the key sentence read, “The administration has now lost credibility on this issue.” There was no note of any correction.
The addition of this key phrase allows the Times to relegate its distaste for this civil liberties violating administration to a single issue. It allows the Times to contain the scandal.
The New York Times had no intention of breaking up with President Obama. The trial separation didn’t even last from lunch to dinner. The passionate affair between the Times and the least transparent, most overbearing administration in American history continues apace. All it takes is a few stealth edits instead of a box of chocolates to smooth things over.