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As the tabloids keep up with Dave’s story day 3

Daily News the friendlier

NY Post the spicier

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The New York Times reports on the fact that CBS scrubbed Dave’s you tube apology, insisting on copyright but not posting any official version anywhere. We are being told that

CBS’s decision to withhold the clips online was prompted by a request from producers at Mr. Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.

Very nice of NYT to blow the whistle like that on CBS’s covering for Letterman.

But then, the same day, NY Times itself, turns around and scrubs its own story on Obama’s Olympic failure.

Hmmm…If CBS withheld the Letterman apology at Dave’s request , who might have requested NY Times correction?

Here’s some of  what was changed:

  • The reference to other politicians on the journey in the original (“On Air Force One with him Friday, Mr. Obama brought a couple cabinet officers from Illinois, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, as well as Senator Dick Durban”) went away.
  • An entire paragraph that referred to an Olympic allusion in an Obama campaign speech last year (“And the prospect of winning was too irresistible. After all, Mr. Obama has already envisioned the day when he could welcome the world to his hometown, never mind that small matter of reelection. ‘In 2016, I’ll be wrapping up my second term as president, he told a rally in Chicago in June 2008. ‘So I can’t think of a better way than to be marching into Washington Park … as president of the United States and announcing to the world: Let the Games begin!'”) was flushed.
  • An arrogant, victory-lap jab at critics from Rahm Emanuel (“’They shouldn’t try to make politics of this,’ Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff and a Chicagoan himself, told ABC News. ‘I think they should take some pride in the U.S.’s win, and you know, we’ll make sure they get some good seats once Chicago does host the games.’“) was deep-sixed.
  • But the Times did find room to note the existence of the president deigning to do his real job for a bit by meeting with the general in charge in Afghanistan (“Mr. Obama also used the opportunity to meet for 25 minutes with his Afghanistan commander, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who flew to Copenhagen from London, where he was on business. ‘The biggest loss of anything on this trip was sleep,’ Mr. Gibbs said.”)

I should also note that a supposedly heroic Michelle Obama quote in the original (“‘Take no prisoners,’ she vowed”) also got the memory-hole treatment.

Has anyone guessed it yet?

However, I did find some good news: SNL (of NBC no less) started some relevant satire. A checklist

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of Obama’s accomplishments

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see the video at Stray Yellow Dog’s blog

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Graphic by Annie

The Gray Lady has been tripped by a clever impostor on the subject of the Kennedy brat. Someone who knew their just point of view would not be fit to print unless from “the Mayor of Paris”

So now we have the double pleasure of seeing NYT apologze and pretend they had “standards”

This letter was a fake. It should not have been published.

Doing so violated both our standards and our procedures in publishing signed letters from our readers.

as well as the excellent letter itself:

We French have been consistently admiring of the American Constitution, but it seems that recently both Republicans and Democrats are drifting away from a truly democratic model. The Kennedy era is long gone, and I guess that New York has plenty of more qualified candidates to fill the shoes of Hillary Clinton. Can we speak of American decline?

Yes, we can, ‘Mayor” and it goes from dinastic appointments to gullible media, the rewards for incompetence and corruption everywhere.

Update

From a real journalist for a change, Froma Harrop

Would someone please draw a dark line of distinction between what we call a scandal in Illinois and business as usual in New York? Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is accused of trying to sell a vacant Senate seat, while New York Gov. Paterson is expected to give a Senate seat to the woman whose family can raise lots of money for his benefit.

yes, they have been good rejecting McCain editorial, but what they have done for The One lately?

Reports the New Republic:

Around midnight on July 16, New York Times chief political correspondent Adam Nagourney received a terse e-mail from Barack Obama’s press office.

The campaign was irked by the Times‘ latest poll and Nagourney and Megan Thee’s accompanying front-page piece titled “Poll Finds Obama Isn’t Closing Divide on Race,”

As they went around publishing rebuttals elsewhere, Nagourney reacted:

“I’ve never had an experience like this, with this campaign or others,” Nagourney tells me. “I thought they crossed the line. If you have a problem with a story I write, call me first. I’m a big boy. I can handle it. But they never called. They attacked me like I’m a political opponent.”

Hey, Nagourney, at least they didn’t pull your story from the paper

Considering what he did to Gore and Clark, part of me celebrates. The other part of me also celebrates – hoping for retribution.

I think TNR is jumping the gun a bit, talking about divorce and ending the affair.

having seen the W&media marriage of 8 years – I see the similarity and I dubb this one of many moments f “spousal abuse”

I predict Nagourney will praise B0 shamelessly.

Still, this story gives us another bush-like “narrative management”:

“They’re terrified of people poking around Obama’s life,” one reporter says. “The whole Obama narrative is built around this narrative that Obama and David Axelrod built, and, like all stories, it’s not entirely true. So they have to be protective of the crown jewels.”

Another reporter notes that, during the last year, Obama’s old friends and Harvard classmates were requested not to talk to the press without permission.

And the question rises: why did the media put up with this?

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