A New Cope

Joe Biden speaks to the press on the South Lawn of the White House on February 19, 2024. (Photo by Aaron Schwartz/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

“Do the NYT editors really want a Republican victory in November?” author Joyce Carol Oates asked in a tweet Wednesday.

The answer, I suspect, is, er, no. A newspaper produced by and for America’s liberal intelligentsia likely does not want a boorish coup-plotting proto-fascist returned to power. For Oates to entertain the possibility, the evidence she has of a sudden right-wing shift inside the Times must be shocking and overwhelming, right?

The answer to that is also no. The “evidence” in this case turns out to be a single headline at the paper that was tweaked to place a slightly more negative spin on Joe Biden’s latest inexcusable giveaway to student-loan debtors.

It would be comforting to know that Oates’ overreaction was an isolated case of Very Online brain worms, but the social media outcry at the headline among the left was apparently loud enough to prompt the Times to tweak it again, removing a reference to Biden being “beleaguered.” Someday, perhaps, when the history of the 2024 election is written, scholars will point back to that copy edit as the moment the race was won and the slaying of the Trumpian dragon assured.

Absurd episodes like this one are happening lately among Democrats more often than you might think.

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