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Instant Revisionism: John King Sanitizes Bush on WTC1 Hit

Is there a telling discrepancy in the CNN transcript of the December 4, 2001 Town Hall Meeting? As most of us know, in response to a question from a boy in the audience, Bush says this:

Well, Jordan (ph), you're not going to believe what state I was in when I heard about the terrorist attack. I was in Florida. And my chief of staff, Andy Card -- actually I was in a classroom talking about a reading program that works. And I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower -- the TV was obviously on, and I use to fly myself, and I said, "There's one terrible pilot." And I said, "It must have been a horrible accident."

But I was whisked off there -- I didn't have much time to think about it, and I was sitting in the classroom, and Andy Card, my chief who was sitting over here walked in and said, "A second plane has hit the tower. America's under attack."

For some reason, CNN Senior White House Correspondent John King, who according to Wolf Blitzer is "on the scene", singles out the exchange for comment, but summarizes it like this: