VP debate transcript in error

Michael Ledeen notes that the transcript of the Vice-Presidential debate is in error at the New York Times and at CNN. As you might expect, the error does not favor Sarah Palin.

Both transcripts render part of one of Palin’s answers this way:

. . . And I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I’m going to talk straight to the American people. . .

When what she actually said was:

. . . And I may not answer the questions the way that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I’m going to talk straight to the American people. . .

(Emphasis mine.) This site at the NYT makes it easy to confirm this. Scroll through the transcript on the right to Palin’s answer at 11:42. (No way to link, alas.)

Obviously, the omission of those two words changes her answer considerably, and not for the better. If these errors were simply mistakes, wouldn’t they occasionally favor the Republican?

POSTSCRIPT: Jonah Goldberg also notes a more minor transcript error.

UPDATE (10/16): A week-and-a-half later, the NYT has fixed its transcript, but not CNN.

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