The New York Times sometimes acts as if things don't exist until they appear in its newspaper.
Thus, George W. Bush did not exist until Nov. 8, 1967, when the New York Times made its first mention of the man who would be the 43rd president.
At the time, Bush was a senior at Yale University and former president of the school's chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon.
In the article, Bush defends the practice of branding new fraternity pledges with a hot coat hanger. Bush says in the story that the resulting wound is "only a cigarette burn."
Bob Woodward mentions this article in his latest book, "State Of Denial," but he doesn't say whether the folks at Delta Kappa Epsilon complained about the coverage. You know, did DKE demand to know where were the New York Times stories about the things the fraternity did that didn't involve burning its pledges?