blinked, you missed it.
York Times quietly amended a report last week that originally claimed
embattled National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre had
discussed bankrolling President Trump’s impeachment defense in return for
assurances the White House would back off gun-control legislation.
language alleging a quid pro quo between the president and the NRA has been
removed since from the Times report. There is no editor’s note
highlighting the change.
spokeswoman for the paper defended the move Wednesday, telling the Washington
Examiner that the story’s unannounced changes are representative of
the Times’ normal editing process.
regularly edit web stories to refine the story, add new information, additional
context or analysis,” she said, “The crux of the story – that
according to sources familiar with the meeting, President Trump met with Wayne
LaPeirre of the N.R.A. and discussed prospective gun legislation as well as
whether the N.R.A. could provide support for the president as he faces an
impeachment inquiry and re-election – never changed.”
The Sept. 27 Times article, authored by reporters Maggie Haberman and Annie Karni, began originally with these paragraphs:
President Trump met on Friday with Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association, to discuss how the N.R.A. could provide financial support for the president’s defense as he faces political headwinds, including impeachment, according to two people familiar with the meeting.
It was not clear whether Mr. Trump asked Mr. LaPierre for his support, or if the idea was pitched by the N.R.A. But in return for the support, Mr. LaPierre asked that the White House “stop the games” over gun control legislation, people familiar with the meeting said. [Read More]