Can you help me find a specific NYT Magazine article with an interview with a Bush administration official, or help me figure out where this article appeared that was not the NYTimes?
Working on a reference question for a friend of mine. Not time sensitive. He asks "finding an article, written some time ago in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. A reporter was interviewing a senior official during the Bush Years and the man ridiculed him for trying to find the "facts". He said something like, 'We make history. And by the time you’ve figured out what actually happened, we’ve moved on and created another reality.' It was a very powerful and frightening admission of the contempt in which Power holds knowledge..."
He's pretty sure this happened towards the end of the Bush administration and "certain" it was NYTimes magazine. Thinks "reporter may have been named Sidney or Stanley" and says "It sounds like classic Rumsfeld, but the figure was not identified." This
was the closest I found but that isn't it.
This sort of thing is usually solidly in my wheelhouse. I have gone to the NYTimes and used their advanced search to dig in the archives using many combinations of these terms (facts, bush administration, senior official, "we make history", reality, interview, Iraq) and date ranges from 2004-2009, and expanded back to 2001. I've limited the search to the magazine only, and I've broadened it out again. I've done some broad-based Google searching to see it it was possibly published someplace else.
I am just not finding this and I thought it might be the sort of thing that someone had read and could immediately be like "Oh here it is!" or give me some pointers as far as who the interviewer/writer might be and where else I could look. Thanks in advance for the extra eyes.