Thursday, June 10, 2004
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Blogging will be light the next couple of days, as I'll be attending/presenting at the Council on Foreign Relations National Meeting. I'm bringing the wi-fi, but this meeting is an all-day affair, and blogging is not an accepted social practice at CFR meetings.... yet.
Last year, Howell Raines resigned while I was en route -- I wonder if something big will happen this time around.....posted by Dan on 06.10.04 at 09:27 AM
In retrospect, was Howell Raines having resigned, a big happening? I mean, what has changed, edtorially at the Times? Have they ceased being the fact challanged leftst cheerleader they were under Howell Raines? A quick glance at their recent stories and editorials seems to suggest nothing, in fact, has changed.posted by: Bithead on 06.10.04 at 09:27 AM [permalink]
No kidding. If that's the standard for big happenings, Dan, you should be aware that the Braves are thinking of moving Chipper Jones to first base to keep his bat in the lineup while he works through his hamstring problems. Maybe they'll hold off until you get back from the CFR conference, but you never know.posted by: Zathras on 06.10.04 at 09:27 AM [permalink]
Hopefully, someone higher up will resign this time around.posted by: goethean on 06.10.04 at 09:27 AM [permalink]
"Hopefully, someone higher up will resign this time around."
Look, let’s be honest, here. Sulzberger himself is the biggest problem, and that situation doesn’t look to change very soon.
Sulzberger has always held the conviction that journalism is about 'helping people' (as HE alone defines 'helping) and building what he and the remainder of the rabid left considers a better society. If you think this isn’t the prevailing nonsense in the news world today, ask anyone coming out of journalism schools why THEY’RE doing what they’re doing, and they’ll tell you ‘to make a difference’, not to "report the news". Simply and fairly reporting the news, and perhaps offering an even-handed comment on it, is too dull an assignment, for those on this ‘great mission’.
Once again, the Times shows up as the largest example of this kind of bias inducement. This is not something that’s just cropped up since Raines took over the ummm... errr…… reins. (Yeah, I know... sorry) It's not likely to disappear unless the ownership of the Times changes, or Suzberger's attitudes change... neither of which seems likely at least in the shorter term.
Blair was simply the one who happened to get caught at doing his job, what the ownership wanted, as were Raines and Boyd. And Raines and Boyd at least were true beleivers in the leftist mantra.
Raines: “Reagan couldn’t tie his shoelaces if his life depended on it.”
To give you an idea how prevailing this bias is, try this one: Ever notice how it used to be ‘newsman’, and now it’s “journalist”? The
”Newsman” is listed as : “A man who gathers, reports, or edits news”;
Journalist is listed as someone who keeps a journal, whereas a journal is listed as “The writings of what someone sees or thinks.” A subtle
Is it any wonder why the country moved to the left
Consider the move prioer to the current editor, reinstating Lelyveld, follwoing Raines' departure. That seemed to me at the time designed to maintain status quo particularly as regards this “mission”... which ironiclly enough has little if anything to do with being an actual NEWS paper.
Another exampleof 'the leftist mission at all costs: Moron Dowd still has a job at the Times, last I looked.posted by: Bithead on 06.10.04 at 09:27 AM [permalink]
"Is it any wonder why the country moved to the left as we moved from "Newsman" to "Journalist"? All part of the 'greater mission'."
I've never previously heard of this theory. It gives me something to think about. I am,though, convinced that many of today's journalists are rabid liberals. In the past, those involved in reporting the news had to be far more subtle and polite. You could often even shame them into behaving themselves. The new breed could care less. Deconstructionist notions underpin their concept of truth. This inevitably results in an adversarial attitude towards the perceived enemy. More than a few, are openly hostile towards anyone even slightly to the right. Their number one goal seems to be pushing a leftist agenda. The culture must be changed. Being employed by a media outlet is a mere means to achieve that end.posted by: David Thomson on 06.10.04 at 09:27 AM [permalink]
I should add an example of how rabid much of the media may have become. This morning the Los Angeles Times reported that Senator Kerry is leading President Bush by a six to seven point margin. A few pollsters are starting to come forward to claim that this poll is a total mess. Was this study done by the same polling organization which wrongly showed Arnold Schwarzenegger far behind in his race for governor? Only a few years ago a major news organization would take extra steps to insure that their published polling numbers were accurate. I now suspect that some editors might subconsciously care only about slamming the President today---and will nonchalantly deal with any possible errors in the undetermined future. Am I too cynical?posted by: David Thomson on 06.10.04 at 09:27 AM [permalink]
No.posted by: Bithead on 06.10.04 at 09:27 AM [permalink]
I’m a liberal who was drafted into Vietnam, saw scared soldiers who couldn’t tell friendly from VC people and killed more than a few innocent bystanders. I learned in my gut, as Eisenhower did, that war is hell and wastes too many good men and resources (and women) to ever start a war. I’m just as unhappy with the NY Times as many of you seem to be, perhaps for different reasons. I think that the Times and WP simply echoed government announcements and propaganda about Iraq. The WP has broken free of that, but I’m not so sure about NYT. No doubt M Dowd and F Rich offend some of you, but they are no more biased than many of the WSJ editorial writers, and they write opinion columns, not news.
“I learned in my gut, as Eisenhower did, that war is hell and wastes too many good men and resources (and women) to ever start a war.”
Eisenhower also strongly believed that war is sometimes necessary---and gave the order to invade Normandy on D-Day. He was not a pacifist. Did you prefer victory for the Nazis? The war in Iraq has saved countless lives. This country now has a chance to become affluent and democratic. We Americans are also safer when nihilistic Islamism and Baathist ideology are defeated in the region. Alas, I sense that you are severely disappointed the Iraqi situation is vastly improving. Do you prefer defeat? You also mentioned Vietnam. Were you ever upset that the news media deceived our citizens into believing that we were losing?posted by: David Thomson on 06.10.04 at 09:27 AM [permalink]
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