It should not be this easy for a conspiracy theory to make its way into the pages of the most powerful newspaper in the United States.
Yet it is.
The New York Times this week promoted a deranged, easily debunked rumor that President Trump’s Oct. 8 video address to senior citizens was shot inside a studio and digitally manipulated to make it appear as if it was recorded on the White House lawn.
The paper then stealth-edited the article to remove its initial attempt to legitimize this bizarre rumor. There is no editor’s note explaining the changes. And don’t hold your breath waiting for an apology or even a concession from the New York Times. In fact, the way things are going over there, the since-amended report will probably win a Pulitzer Prize.
The White House released Trump’s address to senior citizens at 1:13 pm on Oct. 8.
Political commentators, including MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, and other assorted