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The New York Times quietly deleted an embarrassing comment by President Obama

On Thursday, The New York Times published a profile piece on President Obama's reactions to terrorism that included this sentence: "In his meeting with the columnists, Mr. Obama indicated that he did not see enough cable television to fully appreciate the anxiety after the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and made clear that he plans to step up his public arguments."

The comment — apparently indicating that the president struggled to comprehend why Americans were fearful following these recent attacks — quickly drew attention. Then, just as quickly, it disappeared.

The Times updated its story four hours after publication without a correction notice. The deleted portion was replaced with two new paragraphs about Obama's war on terror strategy.