TNR Graf is Twice as Nice (UPDATE)

It looks like The New Republic was so eager to go live today with a fascinating story on Hillary Clinton’s press operation that they got a little careless with the editing. Here’s a graf that, until about 2:20 this afternoon, appeared in the opening section of the piece:

Perhaps not. Unfortunately for the beleaguered hacks covering Hillary Clinton, she remains the most reliable means of boosting ratings and selling papers in U.S. politics. And many of the strategists and reporters with whom I spoke were resigned to the idea that, in modern politics and media, nice guys finish last. After complaining about the Clinton machine for a spell, one political reporter fondly described how much easier dealing with the Obama campaign had been: "The Obama press office is nothing like this. They’ve got a very open and friendly press office." There was a pause. "But, then, he’s losing."

And here’s the story’s concluding graf:

Perhaps not. Unfortunately for the beleaguered hacks covering Hillary Clinton, she remains the most reliable means of boosting ratings and selling papers in U.S. politics. And many of the strategists and reporters with whom I spoke were resigned to the idea that, in modern politics and media, nice guys finish last. After complaining about the Clinton machine for a spell, one political reporter fondly described how much easier dealing with the Obama campaign had been: "The Obama press office is nothing like this. They’ve got a very open and friendly press office." There was a pause. "But, then, he’s losing."

Let’s hope those print copies haven’t gone out…

UPDATE: The piece’s author, TNR senior editor Michael Crowley, emails to say that the mistake was the result of a computer glitch which was quickly fixed, and does not reflect on the editing of the TNR staff.  Media Mob apologizes for jumping to conclusions.