CBS Altered Letterman Transcript, Not New York Times
I guess I owe the NY Times an apology from when I suggested they altered the Letterman transcript and failed to note it. Courtesy of Tim Blair, it seems that it was CBS itself that altered the transcript before it was released. They obviously knew it was problematic. Why haven't they apologized as a network, at least to the Palins, for airing it?
Given that it was CBS, the only question that remains is, did they use a word processor, PC or an imitation of an old typewriter from Bush's National Guard days to do it before they sent it out?
UPDATE. Letterman’s bosses knew that the joke was wrong: The remark was aired live, but CBS removed it from the transcript it makes available to media, including the New York Times, which publishes Letterman’s opening monologue on its blog site.
Update: To add a thought and the Letterman video from last night - Letterman claimed he didn't see a problem and was unaware of this until "today." But someone at CBS edited that transcript before this even became a public issue. Someone at CBS, possibly on Letterman's staff, was the first person to have a problem with this. Letterman is lying here, I believe - see Fausta who has the let's add insult to injury for more cheap laughs Letterman video from last night up via YouTube.