Skip to comments.NYT Caught Altering Christie Story: Port Authority Official No Longer 'Has Evidence,
Posted on 02/01/2014 8:17:29 PM PST by Kaslin
Longtime readers here may recall that yours truly and others have written about liberties New York Times reporter Kate Zernike has taken with the truth, especially in her reporting on the Tea Party movement. Her penchant for inventing baseless stories about alleged racism in the movement once caused the late Andrew Breitbart to label her "a despicable human being."
Breitbart might well have the same reaction to the hours-later revision made at Zernike's Times story Friday about Chris Christie. Several alert bloggers and tweeters noted that her story about Christie's knowledge of shut lanes on the George Washington Bridge conveniently went from solid to speculative without any indication that any changes had been made. Here's how it originally appeared, as seen in the results of a Google search on [Christie "he has evidence"] (typed exactly as indicated between brackets) and the following tweet from Time Swampland blogger Michael Scherer (HT Twitchy):
Here are the current headline and first two paragraphs at Zernike's story:
Kate Zernike is smart enough to know that there's a world of difference between "he has evidence" and "(apparently unpossessed and unseen) evidence exists." So why did she run with "he has evidence" for at least several hours? And why doesn't she and/or the Times have the integrity to tell us about the change?
The "correction" added sometime this morning appears to be unrelated to the nature of the "evidence."
Swampland's Scherer capsulized the likely motivation, but downplayed the significance of the change, and proceeded to misplace the blame:
"Clumsy"? How about "misleading, and likely deliberately so"?
Drudge didn't wrote the story, Michael. If Drudge made a mistake, perhaps it was in trusting anything originating with Kate Zernike in the first place.
Perhaps Zernike knew that a deliberately exaggerated story on a Friday afternoon might cause Drudge to bite, and would plant the impression in the minds of many that Christie has been caught dead to rights. Though he may ultimately be, the Times walkback indicates that it hasn't happened yet.
But Zernike and the Times have "successfully" made that impression widespread. Mission accomplished, I suppose — if your goal is to deceive and destroy regardless of merit.
Stephen Glass comes to mind.
What? The NYT tells lies? I never thought they would do that. (sarcasm off)
IF this story wasn’t about some pretend Republican, a GOP-E Vichy Republican like Chris Christie, I might actually care.
But I don’t.
I don't know if it was always that way, but they were really a highly respected ‘newspaper of record’ in years gone by. That level of trust and integrity (assuming it was ever warranted) is not easily recovered once lost. Truly a shame.
But now they are the undisputed ‘Toilet paper of record’, as Gerald Celente puts it.
I think the internet killed that reputation. It's easy to be the 'paper of record' when there isn't anyone to refute your lies.
Buying ink by the barrel doesn't mean so much when electrons are so cheap.
Exactly. Christie is toast . . . and I love it.
You must be very young. They have always lied and propagandized for the Left.
The NYT gets to lie because they’re the NYT.
Every msmedia bobblehead out there believes them.
I don’t know how this will turn out but I do know the NYT will do their best to throw flower petals in the street for Hillary’s coronation.
The New York Times, ... the old lying whore.
The reality of the internet revealing the lies doesn’t mean anything if no one pays attention. No?
And that’s how they get away with it. I don’t like Christie either but it is obvious the media feels Saint Hillary is threatened by him so they are on a mission to take him out as they will be on whomever you like if they rise to the point of threatening Hillary.
Thus you reveal the purpose of public schools, universities and the Hollywood media.
>”Exactly. Christie is toast . . . and I love it”<
If a Media created LIE ends Christie’s Political Career, why would anyone here love it?
If his RINO Liberalism ends his Political Career, I’m right there with you. However, the idea that the Democrats and their Allies in the Press can ruin Christie by spreading Lies and Slander does not bode well for anyone in opposition of them.
If there is proof of Christie lying, he should be held accountable, but so should any Democrat. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were on a level Playing Field?
The NYT was never very reliable. Two words: Walter Duranty. Wrote a series of pro-Stalin articles. Won a Pulitzer Prize. All communist-sympathizer lies.
Just like Dan Rather’s George Bush letter...fake, but accurate.