The article, written by former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reporter Ronald Kessler, addressed the growing criticisms of the US Secret Service in recent weeks. But the part that's raising eyebrows comes at the very last paragraph:
"Agents tell me it’s a miracle an assassination has not already occurred," Kessler wrote. "Sadly, given Obama’s colossal lack of management judgment, that calamity may be the only catalyst that will reform the Secret Service."
So wait, the only way to improve the Secret Service would be if Obama was assassinated? And if that did happen, it'd be Obama's own fault for not fixing things in the first place?
Other readers had similar reactions:
— sfpelosi (@sfpelosi) October 1, 2014
Politico Mag pubs article implying Obama will be the one to blame if Secret Service lets him get killed http://t.co/IHRdTezpgn
— Elias Isquith (@eliasisquith) October 1, 2014
— nancy wiler (@nw8pdx) October 1, 2014
UPDATE: Politico later removed the line in question and inserted an editor's note, stressing that the critiques of the last paragraph "couldn't be further from the truth."
Read the full note below (h/t: Peter Maass):
Editor’s note: Some readers have misinterpreted the original last line of Kessler’s article as somehow suggesting that the president should be held responsible in the event of his own assassination. That couldn't be further from the truth, and we’re sorry if anyone interpreted Kessler’s meaning in any other way.