by John V. Walsh / January 28th, 2018
The original front page top headline on Friday’s New York Times (January 26) was: “Trump Did Not Fire Mueller in June.” The subheading was: “Also Trump did not fire Mueller in July, August, September, October, November, December or even January.”
You may be mystified by this, dear reader, since the headline you read, which was not the original but an altered version, was: “Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit.” Now clearly that first part is not true, for if Trump had ordered Mueller fired, he would not be there now. But Mueller is still rattling around the precincts of the Capital of Exceptionalism.
So obviously the correct version is: “Trump Did Not Fire Mueller in June.” The claim that Trump “ordered” Mueller to be fired raises the question of what an “order” is. And the answer according to the Times is that the “order” is something that has no effect. Was “the order” a point of discussion or suggestion with the White House Attorney to whom it was allegedly issued? What exactly was this “order” and where is its text. An executive order must have a recorded text, but none is to be found or even claimed to exist by the Times.
So how did the original Times headline which we have obtained only with considerable sleuthing get altered? All of the country outside Washington is abuzz with this question now. In response to this…