"I don’t know why he did it," Mr. Franken said, according to a transcript of the broadcast made by the Department of Investigation. "I don’t know where the money went. I don’t know if it was used for operations. I think he was borrowing from Peter to pay Paul."And here is the actual as presented by Patterico with the changes in bold:
I don’t know why they did it, and I don’t know where the money went, I don’t know if it was used for operations, which I imagine it was. I think he was robbing Peter to pay Paul.Every one of the changes helps Air America:
Any of these changes alone might be excused as a mistake, but when there are three mistakes and all of them work to Air America's advantage, that's a trend.
changing "they" to "he" makes this a bad behavior by one fall guy rather than a conspiracy that might bring down several powerful Democrat activists. leaving off "which I imagine it was" removes an admission of guilt and lets the Times continue to play this as just an accusation. changing "robbing" to "borrowing" removes the criminal implications and lets the Times continue to pretend that only right-wing bloggers suspect there was anything criminal going on.
Finally, as Dwilkers points out in the comments, the Times has still not corrected one "mistake": the mistake where they said they got this quote from an official NY government transcript. Apparently there is no transcript.