Republicans are pretending that they don't want white supremacists within their ranks. This seems like a dangerous gambit given their base voters, but they need to look to the future and there's something oddly encouraging about this move. They've stripped the Iowa Republican of all committee assignments and publicly rebuked him for his remarks questioning whether white supremacy and nationalism is really such a bad thing. In his defense, he quickly disavowed white supremacy, but he has a history of similar incendiary remarks and it's become a bit of a thorn for the GOP.https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/14/politics ... index.html
Predictably, he shot the messenger. Because why not? You can't trust a quote from the New York Times, can you?
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/11/politics ... index.html
And the Iowa Republican said he's not worried that his comments -- when he told The New York Times, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" -- will affect his chances at re-election. He said he has not heard push back from local Republican leaders in Iowa.
Speaking as someone who was once interviewed by the NT Times, when someone says they were misquoted it taken out of context by The NY Times, I believe them.
One day The Times did a hit piece on someone I knew. I spent about 45 minutes talking about how great the guy was. The Times attributed two quotes to me, both of which made it sound like I was ripping the guy a new one. One was taken out of context in a way it made it seem the opposite of what it meant in context. The other one was changed to mean the exact opposite of what I really said.
Fortunately a mutual friend arranged for the three of us to have lunch together so I could explain myself. He was actually really understanding. Strange thing is, a supermarket tabloid later tricked him into an interview, and they did a much better job than The Times. A few year later he gave an exclusive interview to that tabloid and refused to talk to The Times.
Anyone who is a public figure or who knows any public figures will tell you reporters misquote ALL the time. I once sent a friend a favorable article about her from a different NY paper. She told me she quit counting the misquotes after the first couple of dozen.
I think the Republicans believe King when he says his quotes were out of context. Thing is, they were looking for some excuse to throw him under the bus for all his other racist shit. Assuming King is telling the truth, he is still an embarrassment to the GOP.
The problem with doing it over this quote is it puts them in a bind. On one hand they complain about the “lying press”, and then throw their guy under the bus when he says the press are lying.