The Corner

Dowd’s Distortion, Still Going

Remember how Maureen Dowd edited a quote from President Bush to make it look as though he had said that Al Qaeda was “not a problem any more”? As Andrew Sullivan quickly pointed out, he had actually said that its dead or captured members were no longer a problem. Brendan Nyhan has an article pointing out that the Times has not run a correction in the week since then–and that many of Bush’s critics, notably Bill Press, Paul Begala, and Alan Colmes, are repeating Dowd’s false claim.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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