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CNN’s Lame Non-Apology

The latest on Byron-misquote-gate. I love the journalism-school statement at the end:

PHILLIPS: Now, when you understand it from that dynamic, she was jumping in, you were trying to finish, kind of explain the whole quote. But, you were just being a gentleman and let her finish her answer.
GRIFFIN: Well, you know, you try to get a little rapport going. Now, look, she asked me for the author’s name and I couldn’t remember it. I couldn’t remember Byron York’s name.
PHILLIPS: We do that all the time.
GRIFFIN: But, I wanted to keep the interview moving. So, I got to the heart of the question and really the heart of York’s article and the “National Review’s” article which is, you’re a successful governor. Why aren’t you getting that message out, which she answered. In no way did I intend to misquote the “National Review.”
This exchange aired just once in the 6:00 p.m. hour and as soon as the “National Review” brought it to our attention, at 7:05, we immediately realized the context could be misconstrued. We cut that portion of the interview. It never aired again. We sent a statement to the “National Review” in an e-mail explaining what had happened. That we had in fact, cut the question from any further airings.
Here’s what it says.
“Drew was trying to express what Byron York was saying but he didn’t finish his thought and inadvertently left the impression that it was York’s view, rather than a commentary on how the candidate had been portrayed by others. We do not plan to re-air that portion of the interview.”
PHILLIPS: Bottom line, we got to journalism school. We should graduate not only with a diploma, but a big target our forehead because no matter what we say during a political season, and you’re rushed and it’s tight time, there’s always going to be people out there that are going to criticize.
You did a great job, Drew. Appreciate it. Appreciate it you coming on and –
GRIFFIN: I hope that clears it up.

I have no idea if the line was cut from future broadcasts, nor do I know if it was edited out of all of the clips. I do know that if you click on the CNN transcript, the error is still there, with no mention of any sort of correction anywhere on the page:

CNN: Yeah. Governor, you’ve been mocked in the press. The press has been pretty hard on you, the Democrats have been pretty hard on you, but also some conservatives have been pretty hard on you as well. The National Review had a story saying that, you know, I can’t tell if Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt or all of the above.

Palin: Who wrote that one?

CNN: That was in the National Review, I don’t, have the author.

Palin: I’d like to talk to that person.

Maybe Kyra and Drew were absent that day in journalism school when they covered how to properly issue a correction to a story?

But notice how the question was phrased. He wasn’t interrupted. He didn’t say “National Review says the media present you as ….” He says “conservatives have been pretty hard on you.” And then goes to National Review. So he clearly, explicitly intended it to sound as though National Review were criticizing Governor Palin. That’s flatly dishonest and the apology is bunk, as is the self-pitying nonsense about “there’s always going to be people out there that are going to criticize.” Yeah, we’re going to criticize when you make stuff up and then don’t have the honor to admit the full extent of your misdeed. We’re funny that way.

Video here, but the error has been cut from this link with no acknowledgment of the edit. Like it never happened.


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