What’s in a word?

Do you think this quotation:
“Heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war.”

Has a different meaning than this one:
Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war.”

NPR posted about Donald Rumsfeld’s response to a Paul Krugman column about 9/11. For some reason, they left out the word ‘fake’ when highlighting the column. When I read the NPR piece, I noted to myself that Krugman called Kerik, Bush, and Giuliani heroes, which seemed weird. But he didn’t. Why would NPR leave out that word, slightly changing the meaning of the quotation? What angle does that even push?

What’s in a word?

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