The New York Times Just Memory-Holed This Devastating Obama Admission

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By Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist

The New York Times Just Memory-Holed This Devastating Obama Admission

"Obama indicated that he did not see enough cable television to fully appreciate the anxiety after the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino."

A story published by the New York Times late Thursday night caused some major media waves. The story, which was written by reporters Peter Baker and Gardiner Harris, included a remarkable admission by Obama about his response to the recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.

By Friday morning, however, the entire passage containing Obama’s admission had been erased from the story without any explanation from the New York Times. Here’s the passage that was included in the story when it was published Thursday night, courtesy of CNN’s Brian Stelter:

In his meeting with the columnists, Mr. Obama indicated that he did not see enough cable television to fully appreciate the anxiety after the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and made clear that he plans to step up his public arguments. Republicans were telling Americans that he is not doing anything when he is doing a lot, he said.

The version of the New York Times story that was published early Thursday evening indicated that Obama knew he was out of touch with the country on terrorism, and he thought that was due to not watching enough television. Obama critics immediately pounced on the stunning admission from the president, expressing shock that he would claim that a lack of TV time was the real reason for him not understanding Americans’ anxiety about terrorism.

As of Friday morning, however, the passage containing Obama’s admission was gone., a web site which captures changes made to online news stories, indicates that the major revision to the NYT story happened late on Thursday night, several hours after the story was published (text with a red background and strike-through is text that was eliminated from the story; text with a green background is text that was added to the story since its last revision):


The unexplained deletion of that major passage wasn’t the only significant change made to the story since it was first published. New York Times editors also changed the story’s headline four separate times, according to Each headline revision either put Obama in a better light or put the GOP in a worse one.

The original headline when the story was first published was “Obama Visiting National Counterterrorism Center.” Less than two hours later, the headline was “Obama, at Counterterrorism Center, Offers Assurances On Safety.” Then the headline was changed to “Frustrated by Republican Critics, Obama Defends Muted Response to Attacks.” Two hours later, the headline was once again revised to “Under Fire From G.O.P., Obama Defends Response to Terror Attacks.” The most recent headline revision, which accompanied the deletion of the passage where Obama admitted he didn’t understand the American public’s anxiety about terrorism, now reads, “Assailed by G.O.P., Obama Defends His Response To Terror Attacks.”



Baker and Gardiner, the two reporters who authored the NYT story, have yet to explain why Obama’s admission about being out of touch with the public on terrorism was deleted from their story.

UPDATE: The New York Times claimed in a statement late Friday morning that its deletion of the Obama passage was not “unusual” and that it was merely “trimmed for space in the print paper”:

The problem with this explanation is that it doesn’t make any sense when you review the first major online revision, which archived at 10:21 p.m. EST. In that version, only one substantive revision was made: the paragraph about Obama not watching enough cable TV was removed and replaced with two paragraphs about Obama’s plan to combat ISIS.

The section that was removed contained 66 words. The section that was added in its place contained 116 words. If the New York Times was indeed “trimming for space” in that particular revision, it will need to explain why its revision to that section added 50 words.

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NoPension's picture

Cover for his ass. All the news that's fit to print. Yeah, right.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

You know the television 'audience' has hit rock bottom when the head narcissist of the land doesn't even want to watch himself on it.

More surprising is that anyone still reads the joo york times to uncover this farce.

wee-weed up's picture



Don't be so naive... Why the fukin' shock?...

The New York Slimes is THE most Liberal large paper in the US...

And has had it's nose firmly planted up Obozo's ass for at least 7-8 years.

Why are you surprised that they would try to protect him...

He's their Lib Savior.

Surely you weren't expecting them to practice unbiased journalism?

AlaricBalth's picture

New York Times - All the news that fits (the narrative), we print.

underman's picture

To hell with TV and the media.

Ignatius's picture

The story within the story -- the counter-terrorism center that Obama visited -- are a product of the CIA's Phoenix Program from Vietnam.  Administrative detention laws that strip due process and a program that detains and murders dissidents who are organizing politically, understanding that one must organize politically before one can organize resistance in any other way.  This is modern warfare and it's being conducted on all of us at home and abroad.  Counter-terrorism is terrorism -- San Bernardino, et al, are you listening?

Never One Roach's picture
The Multi-Million Pricetag of the Obama Family Vacations

You think your holiday plane ticket was expensive?

As the Obama family heads off on their annual Christmas vacation to Hawaii, critics are taking aim, due to the financial burden that flying Air Force One puts on American taxpayers.

The cost of operating the presidential plane is a staggering $206,337 per hour, according to the watchdog site Judicial Watch, which describes itself as a “conservative, non-partisan educational foundation” that “promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics, and the law.”

Multiply that by the 18 hours that it takes to fly from Washington, D.C. to Honolulu and you’re talking about a $3.7 million bill for operating the flight alone.


" Yes we can! "


Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Nothing says White Housenigger rich like a $3.7 million dollar flight put to the taxpayers!

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

im starting to suspect a conspiracy where Obama is stupendously insipid as a means of driving americans to the point where theyd prefer a warmongering demogogue

im nearly there myself when i read quotes like the above

Four chan's picture
  I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the great contributions of the Black community to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture. Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real estate values are fueled by the mix of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nature of these communities, an example of all they have achieved through their enthusiasm for self improvement by hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation.
Laowei Gweilo's picture

to be fair to Obama, CNN or FOX probably are the best guages have how stupidly fearful or anxious people are


because they're the ones they create the fear and anxiety


as if either attack actually poses a practical threat to averageman in a way that he needs to be visibily fearful or anxious on the street



said fear and anxiety is a product of MSM so without watching MSM you would be unaware of it

jeff montanye's picture

it's "gauges" but you are absolutely right, laowei, 

the new york times: for the jews (zionists), (written) by the catholics, to confuse the protestants.

same as it ever was.

tc06rtw's picture

… If that moron enjoys photos of him like THIS getting broadcast,  can you imagine what a  HORSE’S ASS  he must be in private?

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) tc06rtw Dec 19, 2015 7:08 AM

Obama the NYT boss???  More like the other way around.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Meet the press....stinks, always has, for a long time.

So since CISA has passed, can I say Joos? 

Jewish owned press, almost entirly, globally in the 20th century...

Not worth the paper they are printed or the bits and bytes they shine on...

Dr. Spin's picture

Damn, this is some funny stuff. 

The Orwellian real time rewriting of history has begun.  The Internet is the perfect Petri dish for this experiment. 

The Overton Window is just flying around. 

Merry Christmas Y'all from Hooterville, Texas,,,

Spoctor Din

RonArgent's picture

The jew media helped Bush out all of the time too, and never blamed him for anything that happened on his watch either, because as most here claim, both parties are the same!



I mean both parties do work for the jew run FED, but they are hardly the same.

-.-'s picture

66 sentences removed and replaced with 116 sentences instead; yes, we did this to save some space and trim up the article.


17 seconds in Turkish airspace, but, actually, 0.00 seconds in Turkish airspace; yes, we did this to save our soveriegnty and trim up Russia. 

Manthong's picture

A trillion dollars or more into un-Constitutional spying, eavesdropping, data theft and intelligence collection assets and the semi-black buffoon-in chief  claims he need cable TV to judge the mood of the country.

Once again, the usurper is lying.

He knows damn well what is going on but since it doesn’t fit his “fundamental transformation” plan to destroy the Constitutional republic, he just does not care.

And >90% of the Con-gress needs to be tried for violations of their oaths and abuse of office.

smithcreek's picture

I'm tired of all this the public is "scared", "anxious", "nervous" and "afraid" shit.  It's coming from both sides of the aisle and I don't buy it.  I don't know anyone that is actually scared at all.  Everyone I know if fucking pissed that our government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on a never-ending war for over a decade, set up a spying program that can't catch the bad guys but does manage to trample all over normal people's freedoms and liberties.  And, all they can do is ask for more money and take away more liberties.  Fuck this scared crap.

NidStyles's picture

It's likely them pushing for a different approach at disarming the people. 

nufio's picture

what is this cable tv that everyone is talking about?

SMG's picture

Just more proof we live in an Inverted Totalitarian State run by Olidarchs with Obama and the other potician as front men puppets.


NidStyles's picture

Only cowards rule from the shadows.

TruxtonSpangler's picture

To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise - Voltaire

OldPhart's picture

With ya, Smitty.

I'm not ascairt, I'm fucking pissed.

And I'm fucking pissed at our war criminal government.

It's time to alter or abolish it.  And Insitute new government designed with a foundation on such principles and organized in its powers in a form, that we would view most likely to effect our Safety and Happiness.

Historically, how has that ever happened?  Ever?!

NidStyles's picture

Everything this guy does is scripted, not sure why people can't seem to remember that.


They are probably consuming too much TV themselves. 

847328_3527's picture
California governor declares emergency in response to San Bernardino attack



Just in time for Barry's visit explaining to the dead peeoples' families how he'mis-vetted' some folks.

Never One Roach's picture

You will NOT see that news on Yahoo, HuffPo or National Propaganda Radio.

Never One Roach's picture

You will NOT see that news on Yahoo, HuffPo or National Propaganda Radio.


MSN has it as their lead story.

Son of Loki's picture

Left-wing Jerry Brown will most likely set up "Safe Zones" for the tearrists.

OldPhart's picture

In reality, all this asshat is doing is allowing other counties to loan health inspectors to San Berdoo since most of ours got killed.  That's all this is.

To me, this is a legitimate function of government.  Enforcing health and safety law.  So, as much as this just sends a god damned fucked up force up my spine...he's, unfortunately correct in this.  Bring in a few spare health inspectors from other counties to check the shit out for the next several months until the useless county of San Bernardino Commissioners get their shit together (like that's ever happened).

There are certain legitimate functions of government.  Ensuring weight and measures, maintaining public health and safety, regulating the roadways...and others.  And we need to commend them on doing their proper role while maintaining the attack on their independent broadening of their powers.


SixIsNinE's picture

just giving us more common core sensibilities: 

see this is how it works 116-66 = 50

50 is less than 66 - see, they trimmed it down.   

Raising the debt limit doesn't increase the debt.  

It's really easy math, just have to participate and we all win


daveO's picture

The warfare(R)/welfare(D) state. We've had 8 years of handouts. Now, it's time for 8 more years of war. Get with the program!

OldPhart's picture

Ok, but we've already had fourteen years of war.

So we're now going for twenty two years total of war?

TeamDepends's picture

And the Winston Smith Award for wanton memory-holage goes to............gosh, can't open this thing...............the NYT (golf clap)!

mvsjcl's picture

Anxiety over the attacks? The average American feels more anxiety over the football play-offs than any freaking "terrorist" attack.


This "anxiety" is a manufactured meme, courtesy of the MSM and the propaganda/programming mavens at Langley .

smithcreek's picture

Funny, that's what I just posted above.  No one I know is "anxious", they are fucking mad that our useless monstrosity of a government spends hundreds or billions on wars and domestic spying, but can't catch people that advertise their intentions on facebook.

McCormick No. 9's picture

This is TRUE. No-one, literally no-one, except those geting "attacked" are worried about terrorism. The few "attacks" in which real people get killed, yes, thise people are terrified, but no-one else is. Here's the thing: First, Obama spends a LOT of time, with sophisticated polling professionals, gauging the public reaction to every attack. He asks the question, "Are people frightened enough yet?" When the response from his experts is "No", then he says, "Stage another attack!"

So by saying "I don't wacth enough television to know how peple feel", the lie is several stages deep.

1.Obama lies about his TV time. He watches lots of TV:

2. Obama lies about not knowing how people feel about terrorism. He knows Exactly how people feel, and they aren't scared enough yet.

3. The NYT prints the lies.

4. Then the NYT removes the lies, and replaces them with more lies.

5. Then the NYT lies about the lies.



JRobby's picture

A conceal and carry permit holder who carries is an unafraid UN-anxious person.

Do you think an "operative" that opens up on a crowd expects return fire?

NidStyles's picture

That's why they do it gun free zones....


OceanX's picture

" I think this would be a wonderful opportunity"

We're going to see how your ethnic group does after it is blocked from finance/economic opportunity for the next 10 gnerations  I'm sure it is very resiilent and will fare quite well  ..."Endeavor to persevere"  yes, that should suffice, all the nourishment and motivation you will need,

847328_3527's picture

If America ever returns to a merit-based system, the landscape will change dramatically.


Take those boxes off college appications and same for job apps and scholarship applications; make the applications anonymous and based on grades, acheivement, national test scores and perhaps a written essay [for whatever that's worth].

Make scholarships based either on academic merit or economic disadvantage [or both] instead of what box you check off.


Otherwise, the country simply gets moar Gruberized and dumb-downed.

Son of Loki's picture

Whatever you do, DO NOT check off the "white" or "Asian" box or you be pushed to the end of the line and/or denied a scholarship. A good example is the lawsuit againt UT where economically disadvantaged applicants and even Hispanics were discriminated against in favor of another 'diverse' group.

Four chan's picture

diversity is the elimination of white people and the civilization they invented and perfected. beware what you wish for liberals.

RafterManFMJ's picture

I think it important that we take a few moments to gather our families around us today, and look in awe at all the incredible inventions and contributions to the sciences made by the Black community with their average 75 IQ.

Some say it takes 1000 years for a race to civilize, and our black benefactors are only 1200 years away from being capable of competing and living productively in a modern, first world society - but I say, as I look around at a Black middle class supported by real, productive affirmative action jobs and a class of youths whose sartorial excellence is only exceeded by their peaceful decorum - to these reprobates I say, "You're clearly a bigot."

The Black community is clearly a boon to every nation they infest.

TheDanimal's picture

Or it would be a wonderful opportunity to pause and look at the exceptions to the stereotypes.  I live in a majority black area and shitty building.  Our landlord neglected the pipes and when the upstairs neighbors would shower it would rain in my apartment.  My upstairs neighbors who were black were considerate enough to just stop showering until they moved out.  This is not a joke.