This is a minor thing that might be part of something larger going on at The NY Times, considering the collusion and message-control the JournoList scandal proved goes on in the lamestream media.
Yesterday, I noticed an article by Peter Baker in the Times called “Obama, Seeking Votes, Makes Appeal to Liberals”.
It leads off with this:
With four weeks until Congressional elections that will shape the remainder of his term, President Obama is increasingly focused on generating enthusiasm within the base that helped put him in the White House two years ago, from college students to African-Americans.
Since January 20th, 2009, the New York Times has consistently referred to the years 2009-2013 as “Obama’s first term”. Not “his term”. His “first term”, insisting he was guaranteed re-election in 2012 and that he is a two-term president with the 2012 race a mere formality they would just as soon see disposed of to save everyone a lot of time, money, effort, and energy.
There are editors that check the work of writers like Baker, who edit (or at least I assume they do, since the word’s part of their title) their copy and correct anything that doesn’t meet the Times’ standards and formatting.
So, an editor read that “his term” reference and didn’t correct it to the “remainder of his first term” the way the Times use to phrase things.
Did a memo go out on a list-serve somewhere?
I try not to read too much into small things like this, but when it comes to the Left I recognize how unwilling they ever are to admit they are wrong. The New York Times will never come out and directly talk about Obama being a complete failure and disaster of a president who has no winning coalition in place for 2012.
But, the Times, and its writers, don’t want to look TOO STUPID going forward…so, to me, it seems like they are backing away from Obama in subtle ways the Left won’t call them on the carpet for…like admitting the reality this is “his term”, not his “first term”…just as Jimmy Carter had “a term” in office and not “a first term”.
Thank Great Merciful Zeus.
Have you noticed other Lefty writers change their verbiage when it comes to Obama and his “term”?
What other Obama cheerleaders have you seen walk back their adulation and hero-worship?
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