Readers on social media were quick to point out the inaccuracies and suggest the Times had bought into the campaign's song-and-dance about a softer touch on immigration issues.
NYDN vs. NYT on deportation force. NYT is literally on another planet tonight. pic.twitter.com/4NNkIRholQ
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) September 1, 2016
Your lede is wrong. He didn't shelve his deportation plan, he detailed it, repackaged it. Wanted ledes like yours.https://t.co/Xlt7yo5e92
— Frank Sharry (@FrankSharry) September 1, 2016
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) September 1, 2016
About an hour after the original story was published, the story underwent a substantial rewrite to eliminate language about Mexico pitching in to solve the immigration crisis.
The Times didn't run an editor's note explaining the story had been substantively changed, but the edit-tracking site NewsDiff clearly shows the extent of the revisions. You can see the full edits here.
An eagle-eyed TPM reader also flagged that the Times' unedited story made it onto the front page of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday: