May 30, 2017

NYT Covers Up Hillary’s Nixon Impeachment Error With Fake Correction and Headline

In covering Hillary Clinton’s commencement speech at Wellesley College on Friday, New York Times reporters Jess Bidgood and Katharine Q. Seelye originally bought what Mrs. Clinton was selling when she said that President Richard Nixon was ultimately impeached in 1974. Of course, as I noted in a Sunday morning post, he wasn’t, because he resigned before an impeachment vote took place in the full House of Representatives. In “correcting” their story and revising its headline, the Times acted as if Mrs. Clinton committed no error, and grudgingly acknowledged it in later text.

The evidence that the two reporters originally thought Mrs. Clinton was telling the truth is seen in the following tweet, which appears to have since been removed. Fortunately, Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s blog got a sceenshot:


Not only did Mrs. Clinton “recall” Mr. Nixon’s impeachment, she did so, in the reporters’ telling, “pointedly.”

The Times then made a point of leaving out what Mrs. Clinton has “pointedly” said in its “correction”:

Correction: May 26, 2017

An earlier version of this article, and an accompanying headline and alert, misstated the circumstances surrounding Richard Nixon’s departure from the presidency. He resigned, he was not impeached.

Any reader who didn’t read Mrs. Clinton’s speech or otherwise learn what she actually said would think, upon reading the correction, that the Times itself “misstated the circumstances surrounding Richard Nixon’s departure from the presidency.” No, Mrs. Clinton did. No “correction” was needed — just consistently honest reporting on what she said.

Moreover, the Times changed the story’s headline to act as if Mrs. Clinton had referred to Nixon’s resignation in her speech, and changed the opening two paragraphs to make it seem that she said something she didn’t say:

At Wellesley, Hillary Clinton Criticizes Trump and Invokes Nixon Resignation

Hillary Clinton never named him, but she excoriated him.

Speaking at the Wellesley College commencement on Friday, she alluded again and again to Donald J. Trump, the man who defeated her for president. She referred to an “assault on truth and reason,” criticized Mr. Trump’s proposed budget, and drew parallels to Richard Nixon and his ultimate fate: being forced from office under a threat of impeachment.

Hillary Clinton didn’t invoke or draw parallels to Nixon’s resignation. She invoked and drew parallels to his impeachment.

What was eventually needed to save the remnants of the paper’s credibility was story text noting that Mrs. Clinton was wrong. It finally arrived in Paragraph 9. But the Times acted as if it was no big deal — because, after all, the crowd of historically challenged college graduates and their families lapped it up:

At one point, Mrs. Clinton, who as a young lawyer worked on the Watergate Committee, misremembered history. Referring to Nixon, she said that his presidency “would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice.” While the House had begun impeachment proceedings against Nixon, he resigned before the full House voted. Still, her audience roared with approval as she hinted that the fate of the former president could befall this one.

Naturally, the Times never mentioned that Hillary Clinton’s husband truly was impeached.


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