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Was NYT in the wrong?

The New York TimesIs the New York Times trying to pull a fast one? They published a withering editorial about privacy fears under the Obama administration online Thursday ahead of its appearance in Friday’s paper. It was particularly noteworthy, considering NYT‘s editorial board is generally aligned with the administration on policy, for one sentence: “The administration has now lost all credibility.”

But by late Thursday that line got an add-on that even the NYT‘s public editor says significantly changed its meaning. No longer had the administration lost all credibility, but rather, it had “lost all credibility on this issue.Andy Rosenthal, NYT‘s editorial page editor, said in a published statement that the change was for clarity’s sake. What looks like a complete softening of NYT‘s position was, he told the public editor, not a softening at all.

The right-wing reaction has so far been uncharacteristically tame, at least on Twitter. The Daily Caller has a question, though:

So, what do you think FishbowlDC readers? Did The Grey Lady cave? Should they have changed their editorial? Take our Fish Poll.

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