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Why did the NYT editorialist get his Churchill bust facts wrong?

Because he, by his own admission, as Charles Krauthammer explains, relied on the White House communications director:

. . . New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal, who at first repeated Pfeiffer’s denunciation of the Churchill bust “falsehood,” . . . later honorably corrected himself, admitting that “I got some facts wrong, because I made the mistake of relying on a White House blog post by the communications director Dan Pfeiffer.” Rosenthal then chided Pfeiffer for posting “a weaselly follow-up comment” after the facts became clear that “fails to acknowledge that his post the previous day was false.”

Emphasis added.  Read the whole thing.  (Via Instapundit.)



  1. Why did the NYT editorialist get his Churchill bust facts wrong?

    Short answer? Because it FIT THE NARRATIVE.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — July 30, 2012 @ 3:34 pm - July 30, 2012

  2. […] It’s telling, isn’t it? That the NY Times doesn’t seem to think fact checking the White House is worth any time or effort. Because, you know, they can be trusted. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to […]

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  3. The NYT isn’t a place for journalists but DNC propagandists; therefore, he didn’t check his source. Fail.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — July 30, 2012 @ 7:13 pm - July 30, 2012

  4. There’s a saying among tabloid writers in the UK – “too good to check.” If there’s a risk that looking into a story you want to believe will disprove it, you just don’t look into it.

    On the other hand, if 3-1/2 years into this presidency he actually still believes that the PR flacks (and everybody else of that matter) in this White House won’t lie through their teeth, he’s too naive to hold any job that required interaction with other people.

    Comment by AndyN — July 31, 2012 @ 11:23 am - July 31, 2012

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