So Glenn Thrush of Politico, seeking to post a sexy headline and justify it, hid the context of a Tom Perriello quote with ellipses to make it seem like he was tarring everyone who attended his town halls as a racist. When questioned, Thrush restored the full text without commenting that he changed it.
Today, he rightly offers an apology - but the content of it is truly revealing:
A couple of days ago I ran an item on Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), who appeared on MSNBC to talk about the town halls -- and commented that he had witnessed some racist comments over the summer.
The video, which had gone viral among conservatives, was sent to me by a tipster. I watched it, thought it was interesting, and began to transcribe the key parts. As I was transcribing, I got an email from a NRCC spokesman Andy Sere, who wanted to comment on it, appending what appeared to be a full a transcript of the exchange.
A time saver, I thought, so I cut-and-pasted. What I didn't immediately realize was that Sere had replaced key words -- that provided important context --with elipses. When the error was pointed out, I quickly fixed it.
Shorter Glenn Thrush - I was writing a story when a partisan operative passed me some text, so I dutifully copied it without checking.
I think this comment says it all: "did you WIN THE AFTERNOON though?"