Don’t try joking with the humor-impaired.
The New York Times flashed out an email this morning with the hed: “Donald J. Trump called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power’s cyberspying.”
What Trump actually said was: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” while staring into the cameras. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
The online hed was corrected to say: “Donald Trump Challenges Russia to Find Hillary Clinton’s Missing Emails.” More accurate, but the lede still included the editorialization that he was sanctioning cyberspying, instead of ribbing the Democratic National Committee and Clinton for lax computer security.
Apparently in all seriousness, the Times account went on say:
Later in the news conference, when asked if he was really urging a foreign nation to hack into the private email server of Mrs. Clinton, or at least meddle in the nation’s elections, he dismissed the question. “That’s up to the president,” Mr. Trump said, before finally telling the female questioner to “be quiet — let the president talk to them.”
Now, why did the story include the fact the questioner was female? To imply that Trump was telling the little lady to mind her manners and be quiet?
Such subtleties are surely lost on the folks at the Gray Lady.
The Times reported earlier that spy agencies have said they now have “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the purloined emails, but were uncertain whether the act was routine spying or an attempt to manipulate the presidential election.