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NY Times Repeats Itself on Bush Using Loaded ?Quotas? " Term The New York Times repeats itself. Two separate New York Times stories on Thursday included the identical sentence about how President Bush used the term ?quotas? because it's ?a word that inevitably draws strong opposition in polls.? Former MRCer Clay Waters alerted me to the repetition in the January 16 edition. A front page story by Washington bureau reporter Neil Lewis, was headlined: ?President Faults Race Preferences as Admission Tool.? The story had this as its sixth paragraph, whether written by Lewis or inserted by an editor: ?In a sign of the careful political calibration of his words, the President repeatedly used the term 'quotas' to describe Michigan's admissions policy, a word that inevitably draws strong opposition in polls.? The printed, hard copy version of the paper then had this in brackets: ?[News Analysis, page A24]? The Lewis story is online at: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/16/national/16AFFI.html  Washington bureau reporter Adam Nagourney opened his ?News Analysis? piece, which carried the headline, ?With His Eye on Two Prizes, the President Picks His Words Carefully?: ?In announcing today that his administration would urge the Supreme Court to declare the University of Michigan's admissions program unconstitutional, President Bush was careful to present a hard-line decision to intervene in the case with soft language, as he has with great effectiveness throughout his public career.? The second paragraph: ?He denounced 'the wrong of racial prejudice' and emphasized the value to society of racial diversity. In a sign of the careful political calibration of his words, the President repeatedly used the term 'quotas,' to describe Michigan's admissions policy, a word that inevitably draws strong opposition in polls.? Nagourney's piece in online at: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/16/national/16ASSE.html  Other than one comma, the two sentences are identical.
- Brent Baker