The Federalist voted to classify Obama’s statement as an admission: “The New York Times Just Memory-Holed This Devastating Obama Admission.”
A story published by the New York Times late Thursday night caused some major media waves. The story, which was written by reporters Peter Baker and Gardiner Harris, included a remarkable admission by Obama about his response to the recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.
By Friday morning, however, the entire passage containing Obama’s admission had been erased from the story without any explanation from the New York Times. Here’s the passage that was included in the story when it was published Thursday night, courtesy of CNN’s Brian Stelter:
In his meeting with the columnists, Mr. Obama indicated that he did not see enough cable television to fully appreciate the anxiety after the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and made clear that he plans to step up his public arguments. Republicans were telling Americans that he is not doing anything when he is doing a lot, he said.
Incredibly, for a rag claiming to be a newspaper and not a regime mouthpiece, after critics pounced on the admission, the New York Times took out the statement, and edited the story to be more pro-Obama and more anti-Republican.
The version of the New York Times story that was published early Thursday evening indicated that Obama knew he was out of touch with the country on terrorism, and he thought that was due to not watching enough television.
In my opinion, Obama’s statement was a dodge, not a devastating admission. He would have known about Americans’ anxiety if only he had watched more cable TV? No. The truth is he just doesn’t care. He has his own priorities and he doesn’t care what the bitter clingers think. He isn’t running for a third term, presumably, so he doesn’t need to make anyone like him. Since Congress is already giving him everything he wants, he doesn’t even need to make them happy.
Claiming to be out of touch is more like an evasion than an admission.