Disrespect Towards the Truth
by map, Sun May 25, 2008 at 04:33:37 PM EDT
I'm sure we all know that it is bad form to make stealth edits to a diary. On a blog it is one of the fastest ways to lose credibility.
First, the rec diary references a news story quoting President Clinton.
As reported by ABC News:
Former President Bill Clinton in South Dakota today delivered a harsh critique of how his wife has been treated during her presidential bid, telling the crowd that he has "never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running," and that, "she will win the general election if you nominate her. They're just trying to make sure you don't."
Clinton spent more than six minutes calmly discussing what he called a "frantic effort to push her out" of this race, saying that no one asked Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson or Gary Hart to end their presidential campaigns early.
Then the diarist asked the following question.
Well, what about that? Was Ted Kennedy pressured to bow out for the sake of "party unity?"
I've bolded the part that was stealth edited out of the diary.
Why, you ask?
Because the question was answered in comments, and it turns out that yes, Kennedy was pressured to bow out for the sake of "party unity". Instead of updating the diary with the answer, the question was edited out. Amazing.
Was Kennedy asked to drop out?
Newsweek - Feb 4, 1980
But some worried among themselves whether their solicitations were really meant to retire back debts preparatory to an early Kennedy secession from the race. A reporter put their question to him directly: would he withdraw? Kennedy's head jerked angrily around. "No!" he barked, disappearing into a waiting elevator.
The Washington Post - June 6, 1980
As he has done scores of times in the last few weeks, Kennedy fended off all the reporters' suggestions that his cause is hopeless.
Carter appeared relaxed, almost serene, as he discussed the meeting, saying it was Kennedy's decision to remain in the race or not, that he had not asked the senator to withdraw and that he remained confident that "regardless of any conceivable circumstances" he will be renominated in August.
I find those with a couple minutes effort on Lexis. There are many more examples of news reports that sound exactly like what we are seeing today.
So the question I have is two-fold.
1) Why is Bill Clinton trying to deceive people about our history?
2) Why would someone ask a question and then delete the question when the answer doesn't fit their world view?