The Utterly Shameless NYT

At the NYT, civility is only a club with which to beat its favorite target:

It was important that Mr. Obama transcend the debate about whose partisanship has been excessive and whose words have sown the most division and dread. This page and many others have identified those voices and called on them to stop demonizing their political opponents. The president’s role in Tucson was to comfort and honor, and instill hope.

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The president’s words were an important contrast to the ugliness that continues to swirl in some parts of the country. The accusation by Sarah Palin that “journalists and pundits” had committed a “blood libel” when they raised questions about overheated rhetoric was especially disturbing, given the grave meaning of that phrase in the history of the Jewish people.

Unlike President Obama, Sarah Palin was specifically and falsely accused of complicity in mass murder.  The demonstrably false accusation was made without regard to fact, and was a purely partisan attack from the left.  So it was pretty damn easy for Obama to rise above the fray — it was his compatriots attacking another on the other side of the political spectrum.

In particular, it was the NYT’s editorial board and some of its most prominent columnists who caused “the ugliness that continues to swirl in some parts of the country.”  Yet the NYT has the audacity to attack Palin for defending herself in strong terms, while elevating Obama yet again to godlike status for, not having been a target but an intended beneficiary of the attacks on Palin and other conservatives, not having to respond to them. 

The NYT demonstrated yet again that it is not a news organization by spreading disinformation about the Tucson shootings.  Maybe it should consider joining the Pima County Sheriff and just shut up for a while.

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Published in: on January 13, 2011 at 11:33 am  Leave a Comment  

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