Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The record of the "paper of record"

As a general rule giant media conglomerates don't go after each other. They happily attack police officers for not outing bad cops. They happily point out how hard it is to get one doctor to testify in another's malpractice case. But they generally only attack each other in cases like the Eason Jordon, Jayson Blair or Dan Rather/Mary Mapes where the issue isn't what is covered or what slant is put on it but the fact that it is intolerably bad journalism. They will cover it when a competitor is telling out and out lies but that is about it. That is why we need folks like RantingProfs to cover that for us.

The New York Post goes after not the nature of the coverage from the New York Times, not the liberal slant they tell it with, not the substance or facts of their reporting but their patriotism. "The Gray Lady Toys with Treason" is a must read piece.

The Jayson Blair and Judith Miller fiascoes were high-profile embarrassments for The Times, but at the end of the day mostly damaged the newspaper alone.

The NSA, CIA and NYPD stories are of a different order of magnitude they place in unnecessary danger the lives of U.S. citizens.

The New York Times a once-great and still-powerful institution is badly in need of adult supervision.



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