New York Times Issues Correction on Hillary Clinton Email Story: DOJ Not Requesting Investigation

“An earlier version of this article and an earlier headline … misstated the nature of the referral to the Justice Department regarding Hillary Clinton’s personal email account,” correction says

The New York Times has issued a correction to its story on a potential criminal probe launched by the Department of Justice into the email use of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

The paper published the story late Thursday night reporting the DOJ was launching a criminal investigation into Clinton’s emails. The story received media brushback after the Times changed its headline and certain sections without notations or corrections in response to the Clinton campaign complaining.

“An earlier version of this article and an earlier headline, using information from senior government officials, misstated the nature of the referral to the Justice Department regarding Hillary Clinton’s personal email account while she was secretary of state,” the correction stated. “The referral addressed the potential compromise of classified information in connection with that personal email account. It did not specifically request an investigation into Mrs. Clinton.”

Co-author Michael Schmidt, who told Politico the changes to the piece were made after the Clinton campaign complained, retweeted a tweet Friday that defended the Times against media critics.

The Times first reported two inspectors general had requested the Justice Department to probe “into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state.”

That sentence was changed to “into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state.”

The story’s headline was also changed from “Criminal Inquiry Sought in Hillary Clinton’s Use of Email” to “Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account.” Other journalists pummeled the Times in response.