The Globe ran an online column today in which Luke O'Neil called for the permanent ostracizing of Kirstjen Nielsen, ousted as head of Homeland Security for not throwing enough babies in cages.
But the Globe did a bit of editing between the time O'Neil's column first went up and now. Here's his original beginning:
One of the biggest regrets of my life is not pissing in Bill Kristol’s salmon. I was waiting on the disgraced neoconservative pundit and chief Iraq War cheerleader about 10 years ago at a restaurant in Cambridge and to my eternal dismay, some combination of professionalism and pusillanimity prevented me from appropriately seasoning his entree. A ramekin of blood on the side might have been the better option, come to think of it. He always did seem really thirsty for the stuff.
Here's what the Globe re-wrote that as:
One of the biggest regrets in my life was serving Bill Kristol salmon and not telling the neoconservative pundit and chief Iraq War cheerleader what I really thought about him. That was 10 years ago, at a restaurant in Cambridge, and I was reminded of that episode this week when Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, the purportedly reluctant triggerman for Donald Trump’s inhumane policies of ethnic cleansing, announced she would be stepping down from her post at the president’s request.
The Globe also spiked this line:
As for the waiters out there, I’m not saying you should tamper with anyone’s food, as that could get you into trouble. You might lose your serving job. But you’d be serving America. And you won’t have any regrets years later.
The Globe also stuck an editor's note at the top:
Editor’s note: A version of this column as originally published did not meet Globe standards and has been changed. The Globe regrets the previous tone of the piece.
On his Twitter feed, O'Neill responded:
I would like to apologize for my commentary regarding the warden of the baby jail.
H/t Ron Newman.