Live By The Times, Die By The Times
When I asked Kerry what it would take for Americans to feel safe again, he displayed a much less apocalyptic worldview. ''We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance,'' Kerry said. ''As a former law-enforcement person, I know we're never going to end prostitution. We're never going to end illegal gambling. But we're going to reduce it, organized crime, to a level where it isn't on the rise. It isn't threatening people's lives every day, and fundamentally, it's something that you continue to fight, but it's not threatening the fabric of your life.''Almost immediately, that quote produced this ad by the GOP. In a post titled "The New York Times Accidentally Reveals Kerry", Jim Geraghty writes:
I am sure the New York Times did not set out to torpedo the Kerry candidacy when it published Sunday's New York Times Magazine article on his views on the war on terror.
As of March, the Times had a total circulation volume of 1,133,763 copies daily. However, the circulation volume of the paper itself does not reflect the paper’s total impact on the marketplace of information. The New York Times Co. publishes the New York Times, the Boston Globe and 16 other newspapers; owns eight network-affiliated television stations and two New York radio stations; and has more than 40 Web sites, including NYTimes.com and Boston.com."Pinch" Sulzberger's ideology is of course, a perfect dovetail with Kerry, as this exchange illustrates:
Pinch was a political activist in the Sixties, and was twice arrested in anti-Vietnam protests. One day, the elder Sulzberger asked his son what Pinch calls, "the dumbest question I've ever heard in my life." If an American soldier runs into a North Vietnamese soldier, which would you like to see get shot? Young Arthur answered, "I would want to see the American get shot. It's the other guy's country." Some Sixties activists have since thought better of their early enthusiasms. Pinch hasn't.Sound very much like a certain Winter Soldier we know?
It would be a perfect example of blowback, if a puff piece on Kerry published by the Times ends up destroying him, considering that this election is as much a referendum on the legacy media--whose bias (heck, even the Times admits it now!) has never been more transparent--as it is between the two men running for the White House.
Update: Not surprisingly, James Lileks uncorks one on Mr. Nuanced Nuisance:
A nuisance?And Hugh Hewitt has some thoughts as well. Start here and just keep scrolling.
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