Big Edit at the New York Times

Before turning off the light and going to sleep last night, I sent myself a bookmark from the NYT writeup of that fatal shooting in Texas. What I should have done was screencapped it instead.

Last night, Liam Stack’s story described Pamela Gellar and her American Freedom Defense Initiative as being “anti-Islamist.” This morning, they’re both “anti-Islam.” That’s some big difference. “Islamist” refers to the radicals, the terrorists. “Islam” is the entire religion.

Last night, Stack’s story ended with a quote from Gellar about the security risks she faced, in what read to me like an attempt to make her sound paranoid — even though two gunmen had just shot up her event and a security guard. That graf has now been replaced with this instead:

Ms. Geller described Sunday’s event as pro-free speech, and said that Muslims had become a “special class” that Americans were no longer allowed to offend.

“The media is self-enforcing a Shariah,” she said, referring to Islamic law. “Under the Shariah you cannot criticize or offend Islam.”

The story has been changed so that now Gellar just seems paranoid about media outlets like the NYT, who “self-enforce” in favor of a “special class.”

Well — shouldn’t she be?