September 10, 2011
HEY, WAIT A MINUTE: PBS ALTERS TRANSCRIPT TO HIDE OBAMA LINCOLN GAFFE.
UPDATE: Byron York emails that they’re lazy, not dishonest: “On the pbs obama transcript thing…I looked at the text of the speech that the white house sent out before it was delivered…and the transcript of the speech that the white house sent out after it was delivered…and he adlibbed the ‘founder of the republican party’ line…it wasn’t in the original text…it seems pretty clear to me that pbs simply posted the text of the speech on its website and went home…and the new york times posted the transcript of the speech, which is what he actually said…pbs was wrong, but i don’t think they altered the transcript.”
ANOTHER UPDATE: On the other hand, reader Mike Macedonia writes: “PBS still has not fixed and the moderator is deleting comments about it.” They should really post a note; the page says it’s a “transcript,” not a “prepared text,” and there’s a difference. And if they’re deleting comments without posting an explanation, well, that’s tacky.
LATER: They’ve updated, with an explanation.