— Matt O'Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) September 8, 2016
Murphy the Trickster God bless Newsdiffs! I don’t have the tech skills for a screen shot, so you’ll have to click over to see the color-coded, line-by-line “revision” the NYTimes tried to pull off. To a non-professional observer — and also some of the professionals — it looks like Alexander Burns’ honest description of the event (highlighted in pink) was replaced by Patrick Healy’s (predictable) attack-HRC-kiss-up-to-Trump hit piece (highlighted in green). Except the NYTimes would like to pretend the original article never existed, for some reason.
I'd note, unpublishing an entire news article would violate Business Insider's editorial standards, and those of most publications.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) September 8, 2016
And this … "shifting stands." Are you f****ing kidding me? Trump's stand on Iraq hasn't shifted. HE IS LYING pic.twitter.com/EPyfprvWaY
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) September 8, 2016
Matt Lauer’s taking some well-deserved abuse, as well…
Lauer: “Did you learn new things?” Thats the question. That’s the fucking question.
— Lauren Katzenberg (@Lkatzenberg) September 8, 2016
Trump got multiple deferments, mocked POW, attacked Gold Star family. Yet Lauer doesn't bring up at veterans event: https://t.co/1r41csEmi6
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) September 8, 2016
Hadas Gold, in Politico, “Media turn on Lauer for not fact-checking Trump“:
… “The main thing is: I have great judgment,” Trump said in response to a question as what he has done in his life that prepared him to send America’s men and women into harm’s way. “I heard Hillary Clinton say I was not against the war in Iraq. I was totally against the war in Iraq. You can look at Esquire magazine from 2004. You can look at before that. And I was against the war in Iraq, I said it’s going to totally destabilize the Middle East, which it has. It’s been a disastrous war. And perhaps almost as bad was the way Barack Obama got out. That was a disaster.”
According to fact checks by several news organizations — particularly BuzzFeed and others like PolitiFact —Trump did, in fact, support the Iraq war in 2002. But Lauer, co-host of NBC’s “Today” show, immediately moved on, asking Trump about his temperament.
“So Lauer didn’t correct Trump on his record about Iraq?” The Washington Post’s Phil Rucker tweeted.
The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof wrote that the forum was “an embarrassment to journalism,” while his colleague Paul Krugman wrote that “everyone knew this would happen,” but Lauer didn’t “have a follow-up planned” for Trump’s answer.
“I hate media-on-media violence, but Trump’s support for the invasion of Iraq has been. .. rather well documented. No Lauer follow-up?” wrote Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox.
NBC News’ own political unit fact-checked Trump’s claim later, calling it “false”…
One thing we can all agree on is that Matt Lauer is terrible. Bad format, I know, but still terrible
— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) September 8, 2016
Lauer says the night was a "success"
Fact check: Pants on fire
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 8, 2016
After that forum & Chris Wallace saying he won't call out lies as moderator, what's the incentive not to make up stuff wholesale at debates?
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) September 8, 2016