Quote of the Day

George W. Bush on the crisis in the Middle East.

Published July 17, 2006 1:38PM (EDT)

"What they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over." -- George W. Bush, talking to Tony Blair today with his mouth full and a microphone on.

Sensitivity alert: In a story just posted on its Web site, the New York Times takes the unusual (for the Times) step of linking Bush's words to an audio recording of his saying them -- but deletes the four-letter word at the heart of Bush's quote from both the story and the audio recording itself.

Or not: An updated version of the Times story and the audio recording to which it links now contain the expletive that was deleted previously.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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