The wrong word?

You may have read about the latest discussion regarding the “cleansing” of quotes in news stories. The incident in that case happened at The Washington Post, and it involved Redskins player Clinton Portis. (Here’s a good recap if you missed it.)

Along comes another quote in possible need of repair, this one from The New York Times. President Bush is speaking about Alberto Gonzales, his departing attorney general. The direct quote, already awkward, becomes especially pained at the end:

What is “proof of wrong”? He likely meant “proof of wrongdoing.” Would those who suggest repairing direct quotes get out their tools for this one?

UPDATE: Fellow blogger John McIntyre of the Baltimore paper weighs in on the issue. His post includes the Sun’s policy on quotes.