“The same Republicans who have so eagerly prosecuted the war on terror, running up huge deficits in the process, are now behaving like the enemies on which they ahve squandered so much blood and treasure: They are acting like terrorists. Yes, terrorists.”
Apparently hyperbole does not fly at the new, grown-up AOL HuffPost. A few hours later, the headline downgraded “terrorism” to a mere “hostage” situation and the column’s lede was rewritten. The toned down Mr. Goodman wrote:
“In refusing to lift the nation’s debt ceiling without first extracting spending cuts, Republicans are in essence threatening to obliterate the underpinnings of the global financial system — the bed-rock faith that, come what may, Uncle Sam always makes good. How can any rational negotiation take place in the face of such a threat?”
Not to condone scaremongering or anything but bo-ring. We liked it better the first time, or at least, until a tipster pointed us to the editor’s note, which was kind of an understatement.
But even editor’s notes can be fixed! The post changed a third time.
Now readers wonder: Where is the top editor’s note to explain the failures of the first editor’s note?
Just kidding. The Observer changes and updates her blog posts all the time and is grateful not to be under screenshot surveillance. In fact, please don’t even read this.