By Clay Waters
When you’re a Republican running for president, it’s phony charge on the front page of the New York Times, but vindication on Page 11. Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who was smeared with trumped-up charges of abuse of power by Democrats in Texas while running for the Republican presidential nomination, was finally vindicated, as the last of the phony charges were dismissed: “Texas Court Dismisses Case That Dogged Perry’s Presidential Campaign.” It was the top story in the paper’s National section Thursday, on Page 11. But when the partisan charges were first filed in 2014, they made the front page, with Times‘ reporters excitedly reciting details of the “stunning rebuke” of Perry and his presidential hopes.