Dowd’s hidden correction
After the terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia, Maureen Dowd claimed in her May 14 New York Times column that President Bush had said Al Qaeda was no longer a threat.
“Al Qaeda is on the run,” President Bush said last week. “That group of terrorists who attacked our country is slowly but surely being decimated … they’re not a problem anymore.”
Left out by the three little dots was the meaning. Bush really had said:
“Al Qaeda is on the run. That group of terrorists who attacked our country is slowly but surely being decimated. Right now, about half of all the top Al Qaeda operatives are either jailed or dead. In either case, they’re not a problem anymore.”
Now, in a classically incoherent column, she’s printed the entire Bush quote, without admitting the previous distortion. It’s a sort of hidden correction. This won’t do.
Zev Chafets has turned Dowd in to the Times’ new rat-on-a-reporter hotline. We’ll see what happens.