NY Times Caught Putting Words in Contributor’s Mouth
Kevin Drum links to this New York Times op-ed, to which an embarrassing correction has been appended:
The Op-Ed page in some copies of Wednesday’s newspaper carried an incorrect version of the below article about military recruitment. The article also briefly appeared on NYTimes.com before it was removed. The writer, an Army reserve officer, did not say, “Imagine my surprise the other day when I received orders to report to Fort Campbell, Ky., next Sunday,” nor did he characterize his recent call-up to active duty as the precursor to a “surprise tour of Iraq.” That language was added by an editor and was to have been removed before the article was published. Because of a production error, it was not.
Wow. According to Drum, “Even now they don’t quite have it right. It’s true that Phil was ‘recently called up to active duty,’ but under the circumstances that still makes it sound like he was called up involuntarily. He wasn’t. He volunteered.”
Carter’s op-ed argues that recruiting is suffering because President Bush has yet to give a “recruiting speech” asking young people to volunteer. Yet even an op-ed critical of Bush is not critical enough for the NY Times, so it tries to change the author’s point of view to make him a victim of Bush policies rather than a volunteer.
Worse, it puts words in the author’s mouth like “imagine my surprise” and “surprise tour of Iraq” and other bilge to make the author sound as sarcastic and clich