Thursday, July 06, 2006


The NY Times: an observation

Compare and Contrast:

New York Times editor Bill Keller said that he and his staff concluded after a long and vigorous debate" that publishing the cartoon would be "perceived as a particularly deliberate insult" by Muslims. "Like any decision to withhold elements of a story, this was neither easy nor entirely satisfying, but it feels like the right thing to do." - Media draw the line on running cartoons (February 7, 2006)

Hmmm “…feels like the right thing to do.” Yeah, you wouldn’t want to tick off a bunch of Muslims, not when there is the even more important business of “not” sticking it to a Republican administration:

Our decision to publish the story of the Administration's penetration of the international banking system followed weeks of discussion between Administration officials and The Times, not only the reporters who wrote the story but senior editors, including me. We listened patiently and attentively…

“…But nobody should think that we made this decision casually, with any animus toward the current Administration, or without fully weighing the issues.” Letter From Bill Keller on The Times's Banking Records Report - New York Times (June 25, 2006)

Now, just for fun, imagine how different things would have been if the NY Times had instead left the to-publish-or-not-to-publish decisions up to the Islamo-fascists we are fighting…

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