NY Times: We Botched Initial Report of Latest Christie Allegations
1:58 PM, Feb 4, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
David Wildstein, a former Port Authority official appointed by Governor Chris Christie, leveled a very serious accusation last Friday in a letter released by his lawyer. The letter claimed that “evidence exists … tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the Governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference.”
Although Wildstein claimed that "evidence exists" that Christie knew about the lane closures, the New York Times initially reported that Wildstein "had the evidence to prove it."
Christie's office is now highlighting an interview with Kate Zernike, the author of the New York Times story, in which she acknowledged that the initial report was inaccurate:
The public editor at the New York Times wrote in a column Monday that the "change was more than a nuance. Acknowledging that could have taken the form of a straightforward correction. The change also could have been explained in an editor’s note or could even have been acknowledged in a sentence in the body of the article."
Wildstein's accusation is still serious, and if evidence is produced proving that Christie knew that the lanes were closed as an act of political revenge, it will most likely end his political career. But so far that evidence hasn't been produced, and Wildstein, contrary to the Times's intial reporting, never even claimed to have it.
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