Goodness gracious. If somebody from the White House isn’t screaming at the New York Times yet for this article…
He had just hung up the telephone with the devastated parents before heading in front of the cameras. Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist, James Foley, and vowed to “be relentless” against Islamic radicals threatening to kill another American.
But as soon as the cameras went off, Mr. Obama headed to his favorite golf course on Martha’s Vineyard, where he is on vacation, seemingly able to put the savagery out of his mind.
…they will be. Come, I will conceal nothing from you: when I did this post last night I merely looked at the tweet and didn’t click through to the article*. But now that I did… hoo, boy. The NYT front-loaded the criticism, and stuck the apologia somewhere down where people start to stop reading the article; this probably came as an unpleasant surprise to White House staff, given that they’re not really used to criticism from the NYT at all. (more…)