Not long ago, it called for something like a general, or blanket pardon for non-violent drug offenders. This week, Loretta Lynch, the Attorney General of the United States said, publicly, twice, that the President of the United States does not have the power to grant such pardons. Clemency, she said, had to be granted on a individual basis, one application of time - a notion grossly inaccurate and certainly at odd with American history. Yet, the Times appears not to have even noticed Lynch's stupendous blunder.
Now, as President Obama is engaged in record breaking last-minute clemency, the Times says:
And most presidents - including Mr. Obama - have waited until the end of their presidencies before issuing pardons and making grants of commutation.In fact, most presidents, throughout most of history have granted pardons and commutations regularly throughout the term - "regularly" meaning every single month of the term, or missing 1 or 2 months at most. President Obama has not been doing it like "most presidents." While Bill Clinton's last-minute stunt may have impressed those who cannot see much further than their own nose, a world of empirical data shows Clinton's behavior was an historical oddity. Consequently, there is very little "normal" about what President Obama is doing.
The Times should stop reporting fake news.
UPDATE: The Times has adjusted the writing in its article and added this note: