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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The Rove Speech: One of These Texts is NOT Like the Others


      The Washington Post, the New York Post, and Michael Barone have texts of what Karl Rove allegedly said to the New York State Conservative Party.  Interestingly, they do NOT agree.

      I wrote this to the Washington Post.  Similar letters will go out to the New York Post, and (if I can find his e-mail) Michael Barone.

Text of the letter:

      On Friday, June 24th, you printed what APPEARED to be the complete text of Karl Rove's speech to the New York State Conservative Party.  The online URL is http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/24/AR2005062400097.html

      On Friday, June 24th, the New York Post printed "excerpts" of Mr. Rove's remarks.  The URL is http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/48751.htm.

      On Monday, June 27th, a commentary by Michael Barone at RealClearPolitics quoted from the speech.  The URL is http://www.realclearpolitics.com/Commentary/com-6_27_05_MB.html.

      I can't help but notice that the speech texts are somewhat different.

Washington Post: I am not joking.
New York Post:     I'm   not joking,
Michael Barone:   I'm   not joking.

Washington Post: Submitting a petition
New York Post:     Submitting a petition
Michael Barone:   Submitting a petition

Washington Post:     is precisely what
New York Post:     was precisely what
Michael Barone:   was precisely what

Washington Post: Moveon.org
New York Post:     Moveon.org, then known
Michael Barone:   Moveon.org, then known

Washington Post:                                did.
New York Post:     as 9-11peace.org did.
Michael Barone:   as 9/11peace.org did.

Washington Post:
New York Post:     You may have seen it in The
Michael Barone:   You may have seen it in The

Washington Post:
New York Post:     New York Times or The
Michael Barone:   New York Times or The

Washington Post:
New York Post:     Washington Post, the San
Michael Barone:   Washington Post, the San

Washington Post:
New York Post:     Francisco Examiner or the
Michael Barone:   Francisco Examiner or the

Washington Post:
New York Post:     L.A. Times. (Funny, I didn't
Michael Barone:   L.A. Times. (Funny, I didn't

Washington Post:
New York Post:     the Amarillo Globe News.)
Michael Barone:   the Amarillo Globe News.)

Washington Post: It was a petition
New York Post:     It was a petition that
Michael Barone:   It was a petition that

Washington Post:  imploring the powers that be"
New York Post:     'implored  the powers that be'
Michael Barone:  "implored  the powers that be'

Washington Post: to "use moderation and
New York Post:     to  'use moderation and
Michael Barone:   to "use moderation and

Washington Post: restraint in responding to
New York Post:     restraint in responding to
Michael Barone:   restraint in responding to

Washington Post: theā€¦ terrorist attacks
New York Post:     the     terrorist attacks
Michael Barone:   the     terrorist attacks

Washington Post: against the United States."
New York Post:     against the United States.'"
Michael Barone:   against the United States.

      As you can see, the differences here are not minor.  I would appreciate it if you could tell me where you obtained your copy of the speech, and why it differs from the other two, which are identical except for punctuation.  If you have a URL for the official White House release, I'd like to have it too.



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