Ashley scrubbed what Reagan famously said, only to write an article criticizing the same people who Reagan called out by name:
"Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so."
It's seems as if the point was to soften the confrontation. But it is a quote, which renders the writer virtually unaccountable to any controversy over the statement.
According to Reagan: It's not the trouble with "some people" it is "the trouble with our Liberal friends"