Our New York Times. Caught by surprise, the New York Times committed some actual journalism lifting the rock and showing the Romney campaign in all its repulsive inglory. This can not stand, so the story was rewritten allowing an anonymous source (Lanhee Chen) to delete his revealing statements in exchange for being named in the sanitized quote. Also, actual reporter David Sanger was booted and replaced by reliable courtier Peter Baker. The story was just too unimportant to allow Times access to be threatened by actual reporting.
I am not Sparticus. I am not even Josh Marshall. However, I here copy and paste the original story in full (totally unfair use) and tell the Times that if they sue Marshall they will have to sue me too (I boldly say that assuming they will never read it).
“I don’t know if you’ve ever been involved in victims’ rights, but this is like a judge telling the woman that got raped, you asked for it because of the way you dressed,” Mr. Kyl said. “For a member of our State Department to put out a statement like that? It had to be cleared by somebody. They don’t just do that at the spur of the moment.”