New York Times Editorial on Bush’s Death Borrows Heavily from One on 1992 Election Loss

Posted on December 6, 2018 2:00 am

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The New York Times editorial about the death of President George H. W. Bush cribs entire sentences and phrases from a past one released by the newspaper following his failed re-election bid in 1992.

In the postmortem about Bush’s loss to Bill Clinton, called “An Incomplete President,” the Times in 1992 brought up his famous “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge. Bush reneged on the promise in 1990, in order to reduce the deficit as part of a budget agreement with congressional Democrats, and the Times hit him for not defending it better and then later apologizing to conservatives for it.

“Even when