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NYT editor responds to accusations Benghazi report published to vindicate Hillary: ‘We have not chosen Mrs. Clinton’

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By Doug Powers  •  December 31, 2013 10:33 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

The New York Times’ editorial page editor responds to criticism that the paper’s recent Benghazi story was published to lower an extremely tall hurdle for Hillary in 2016:

Which brings us to one particularly hilarious theme in the response to the Times investigation. According to Mr. Rogers, the article was intended to “clear the deck” for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said today that The Times was “already laying the groundwork” for a Clinton campaign. Other Republicans referred to Mrs. Clinton as our “candidate of choice.”

Since I will have more to say about which candidate we will endorse in 2016 than any other editor at the Times, let me be clear: We have not chosen Mrs. Clinton. We have not chosen anyone. I can also state definitively that there was no editorial/newsroom conspiracy of any kind, because I knew nothing about the Benghazi article until I read it in the paper on Sunday.

No, the Times hasn’t officially endorsed Hillary yet and probably won’t until October of 2016, but let me be clear: That endorsement is most likely half written and sitting on a hope chest somewhere in Manhattan as we speak.

(h/t James Taranto)

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