An editorial in the New York Times this weekend tried to provide ridiculous cover for President Obama’s repeated promise of “if you like your plan you can keep it,” which has turned out to be a huge lie. The Times claimed Obama merely “misspoke.”
The Times’ defense sounds equally ridiculous when applied to other situations:
"Mr. Coleman cleary misspoke when he said that. He well knew what Willis was talking about."–NYT editorial board.
— Daniel Foster (@DanFosterType) November 3, 2013
"Anyone who claims to have read James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake is probably misspeaking."–NYT editorial board.
— David Freddoso (@freddoso) November 3, 2013
We doubt the government, or the New York Times editorial board for that matter, would be as accepting of a similar phrasing from others:
Gee, I hope I don't misspeak on my taxes this year.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 3, 2013
That said, maybe the New York Times editorial board simply discovered that a good way to generate buzz is though making patently ridiculous defenses of President Obama’s lies.
On the other hand, when was the last time anyone paid this much attention to a NYT editorial?
— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) November 3, 2013