Thursday, February 6th, 2003
Rick Bruner hears the President say Iran when he means Iraq. Rick looks at the NYTimes’ quotation but the mention of Iran has been omitted. What gives, Rick asks?
As I recall, there’s some long-standing tradition among journalists of quoting Presidents EXACTLY. No cleaning, no sanding, no smudging. (Is this even codified in the AP style book?) Presidential words, after all, have incredible de facto and de jure power; they are, in some quasi-religious sense, the utterances of the United States itself. So this retouching shouldn’t go unremarked.
While visiting Rick’s blog, don’t miss the BUSH SPAM one slot higher on the page.