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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Time Magazine's Pooty Coverup

The New York Post reports:

TIME Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey got off on the wrong foot when he sat down to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with Time managing editor Rick Stengel and deputy managing editor Adi Ignatius. According to a "full and complete" transcript of the interview that first turned up on a New Zealand Web site, Huey started off a question about the Cold War by saying, "You were born in 1946 - I was born in 1948. We belong to the same generation." Putin gives the correct year of his birth, 1952. The exchange is missing from the "full transcript" posted on Time's Web site, and now some bloggers are screaming "fraudulent cover-up." But Time spokeswoman Ali Zelenko told Page Six that even "full" transcripts need some editing. "It's embarrassing, but it was a false start and they moved on. There's no cover-up. We knew the Kremlin was releasing its own transcript. It was a three-and-a-half-hour interview."

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