"Frankly, part of our problem is a lot of the press are afraid to travel very much,
so they sit in Baghdad and they publish rumors," Paul Wolfowitz declared Tuesday - a slur that didn't sit well with a lot of journalists risking their lives in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq. After callouts from Howard Kurtz, Maureen Dowd
and Editor & Publisher's new rabble-rousing chief, Greg Mitchell,
Wolfowitz has submitted an apology. (PDF version.)
Ever helpful, Wonkette supplies a translation. (mostly via Romenesko)
"These people always complain," said Graham Thorn, a psychiatrist, in a Chicago Tribune article about racial tensions in Australia.
"They want it both ways--their way and our way. They want to live in our society and be respected, yet they won't work. They steal, they rob and they get drunk. And they don't respect the laws." The problem isn't that Graham Thorn didn't say that; as blogger Tim Blair uncovered,
the problem is that Graham Thorn never existed.
Why was this
changed to this?
In an switch that's reminiscent of Fox News (remember how "DIA Had No Evidence of Chemical Weapons in Iraq Last September"
became "DIA: Intelligence Report Supports WMD Claims"
?) The New York Times removes the lede from their story, rewrites the headline, and walks away whistling quietly. (Via This Modern World and Different Strings.) [More Inside]