Man Without Qualities

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Editing Out The Raines Effect At The New York Times

Various liberal and Democratic organs and representatives have been shouting that the President was (and is) a "liar" with respect to his most recent tax cut and the question of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The New York Times addresses the matter today.

Queery: Would this conclusion ha ve been allowed to appear in an important New York Times news article while Howell Raines was in charge:

In fact, a review of the president's public statements found little that could lead to a conclusion that the president actually lied on either subject.

The Times article as a whole, of course, is still pretentious and tendentious. But can any aware person doubt that the Rainseian blue pencil would have struck out the above sentence?

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