The Executive Editor of the New York Times defended his newspaper’s decision to alter a story focused on allegations of sexual assault against Joe Biden Tuesday; saying they changed the article because the phrasing was “awkward.”
“I want to ask about some edits that were made after publication, the deletion of the second half of the sentence: ‘The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden, beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.’ Why did you do that?” asked the Times’ Ben Smith.
“Even though a lot of us, including me, had looked at it before the story went into the paper, I think that the campaign thought that the phrasing was awkward and made it look like there were other instances in which he had been accused of sexual misconduct. And that’s not what the sentence was intended to say,” said Executive Editor Dean Baquet.
“We didn’t think it was a factual mistake. I thought it was an awkward phrasing issue that could be read different ways and that it wasn’t something factual we were correcting. So I didn’t think that was necessary,” he added.
Read the full interview here.
AOC ICED OUT? Ocasio-Cortez Says Biden Team Hasn’t Reached Out to Her for Support
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weighed-in on the 2020 race for the White House during a recent interview with the New York Times; complaining the Biden campaign hasn’t reached out to her for support.
“Has the Biden campaign reached out to you?” asked the Times.
“No,” fired-back Ocasio-Cotez. “There’s this talk about unity as this kind of vague, kumbaya, kind of term. Unity and unifying isn’t a feeling, it’s a process. And what I hope does not happen in this process is that everyone just tries to shoo it along and brush real policies — that mean the difference of life and death or affording your insulin and not affording your insulin — just brush that under the rug as an aesthetic difference of style.”
We are not endorsing @JoeBiden.
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“There’s also this idea that if we all just support the nominee that voters will come along as well. I’ve flagged, very early, two patterns that I saw [among Biden’s campaign], which is underperformance among Latinos and young people, both of which are very important demographics in November. And so, I don’t think this conversation about changes that need to be made is one about throwing the progressive wing of the party a couple of bones — I think this is about how we can win,” she added.
Read the full interview at the New York Times.
BAD MEMORY: After 8 Years in the White House, Biden Blames Trump for ‘Crumbling Infrastructure’
Former Vice President Joe Biden publicly blamed Donald Trump for the nation’s “crumbling infrastructure” on social media Thursday; conveniently ignoring his own eight years in the White House.
“President Trump campaigned on repairing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. But after countless ‘Infrastructure Weeks,’ he has failed to deliver results. It has to change. Today, I’m calling for a transformational investment in our nation’s future,” tweeted Biden.
President Trump campaigned on repairing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. But after countless “Infrastructure Weeks,” he has failed to deliver results. It has to change.
Today, I'm calling for a transformational investment in our nation's future: https://t.co/mHG958ffo8
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 14, 2019
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign continued to struggle in Iowa this week; plunging to 4th place in the latest round of polling just months before voters cast their ballots in the nation’s first 2020 contest.
According to the New York Times, Elizabeth Warren tops the list with 22% of support from registered Iowa Democrats; followed by Bernie Sanders at 19%, and Pete Buttigieg at 18%.
Biden stands at 17%.
“The survey is among a series of recent polls showing Warren leading the field in Iowa. A RealClearPolitics average of polls showed the senator ahead of the former vice president by an average of 5 percentage points Friday morning,” reports The Hill.
“I plan on doing very well in both those,” Biden said Tuesday. “I’ve been ahead in Iowa. I’ve been ahead in South Carolina. I’m ahead in all the national polls with the occasional one that pops up that’s different.”
Iowa voters head to the polls on February 3rd.
Read the full report at The Hill.