I learned about the New York Times’ John Boehner piece through Boehner’s Twitter feed. Boehner, @GOPLeader, linked to his “Setting the Record Straight” blog post responding to the article. In its response, Team Boehner complained that the Times “refused to include on-the-record quotes from Boehner staff…Boehner’s press staff cooperated with the piece and provided two on-the-record quotes …[which were] left on the cutting room floor for the story that first appeared on the paper’s website.” One of the quotes Boehner complains was cut (“Like the American people, Boehner – a former small-businessman – is most concerned right now about the issue of jobs, so he often speaks with employers, rather than, for example, labor unions or environmentalists who support job-killing policies.”) appears int the article I read last night and this morning.
The fact that Boehner’s complaint is about “the story that first appeared on the paper’s website” and the inclusion of the above quote suggests that the Times altered the story to include more of the Majority Leader’s perspective. Were that the case, however, surely the Times would provide a note making that clear and transparent, no?