NYT fictionalizes again

The New York Times invents a McCain gaffe. Unfortunately for the NYT, John Hinderaker checked the transcript.

UPDATE (4/17): Power Line notes that the NYT has finally issued a correction. The correction doesn’t seem right either, but it’s an improvement.  What’s more interesting is this bit from a follow-up post:

I’ve had an email exchange with someone at the Times who shed interesting light on the story. It turns out that the reporters who wrote the original story didn’t fabricate the claim that McCain said Iran was training al Qaeda in Iraq; that was interpolated by an editor who “changed the copy!” The paper’s spokesman declined my request that he identify the editor who juiced up the story to put McCain in a bad light.

I thought editors were supposed to be a strength of the established papers.

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