NYT Clears Up Confusion With a Mistake

Common knowledge places former President George W. Bush inside a classroom reading The Pet Goat to second graders when he was told that planes had hit the World Trade Center towers. Countless reports have him reading about goats for seven minutes after he learned that planes struck the towers.

Well, only part of that is true. On Sept. 11, 2001, Bush was told about the first plane on the way into the school. Bush’s then-Chief of Staff Andrew Card famously informed him that the second plane hit as he was reading that children’s story.

Thankfully NYT screwed it up last Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the tragedy and a correction was offered over the weekend. “A chronology of events last Sunday with an article about oral histories of the Sept. 11 attacks misstated President George W. Bush’s whereabouts at 8:50 a.m. when he was told taht a plane had hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. He was about to enter Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla. to visit a second-grade class; he was not reading to the students at that time. (At 9:05 a.m. he was listening to the students read when he was told that the south tower had been hit by a plane.)”