New York Times Cleans up Franken Quote
"I don't know why he did it," Mr. Franken said, according to a transcript of the broadcast made by the Department of Investigation. "I don't know where the money went. I don't know if it was used for operations. I think he was borrowing from Peter to pay Paul."Actual quote:
"I don't know why they did it and I don't know where the money went. I don't know if it was used for, uh, operations, which I imagine it was. I think he was robbing Peter to pay Paul."(Brainster's blog has an .mp3 of Franken's comments, if anyone wants to hear them.) There are two differences there. 1) The Times reported "borrowing from" where Franken actually said "robbing." 2) The Times omitted entirely the comment that "I imagine it was [used for operations]." Each of the changes softens the meaning of the quote. And the changes allow them to make one more slam at the right side of the blogosphere.
Nonetheless, word of the investigations ignited a firestorm of criticism on the Internet, especially among conservative-leaning blogs that have essentially accused the network of robbing from the poor to pay its bills.As the actual quote shows, it isn't merely "conservative-leaning blogs" accusing the network of robbing from the poor - it's also liberal Air America radio hosts...