Sunday, September 21, 2008

NY Times Own Public Editor Admits Hit Piece on Palin Was Unfair

You know things are bad at the NY Times when its own Public Editor, Clark Hoyt, is forced to admit that the paper is biased against Republicans. It keeps happening. One notable incident was when the Times ran that ridiculous hit piece about McCain and a lobbyist, which Hoyt ripped to shreds. The latest incident involves a hit piece on Palin -- Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes -- which the Times published on its front page on September 13. Today Hoyt acknowledged that the attack on Palin was unfair:

It began with a sweeping assertion: “Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.” Scott Blum of Atlanta said, “To justify stating this conclusion so forcefully in a front-page news article, the body of evidence had better be so compelling that most reasonable people would agree.” But Blum found the article “largely one-sided” and unconvincing. I think it presented a series of unflattering anecdotes, some confusing and incomplete, but never made the connection between style and results necessary to judge a politician who was overwhelmingly re-elected mayor and has an 80 percent approval rating as governor.

So even Hoyt realizes the Times is in the bag for the Democrats. I think the Times should adopt a new logo: "All the news that's fit to print ... if you write for the Daily Kos."

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