We’re Shocked! Shocked!

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You mean to tell us that White House lawyers, led by then-counsel Alberto Gonzales, and including Dick Cheney’s legal enabler, David Addington, played a bigger role in the CIA torture tapes episode than the administration has acknowledged? No way!!

UPDATE: After objections from the White House, the New York Times has corrected the subhead to its story. The subhead — “White House Role Was Wider Than It Said” — suggests that the “White House” had officially commented about the destruction of the CIA interrogation tapes, comments that turned out to be misleading. In fact, the White House has never officially commented on the issue. But administration officials have, on background. The distinction is real, since “It” – the White House — never described its role. And so the Times is correcting the subhead. But the Times is standing by the story itself, which says “the involvement of White House officials in the discussions before the destruction of the tapes in November 2005 was more extensive than Bush administration officials have acknowledged.”

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