Monday, September 24, 2007

The New York Times Erred in MoveOn's Petraeus Ad

After two weeks of navel gazing, denials, obfuscations and dissemblance the august investigation faculties at the New York Times have come to the conclusion that they erred in giving MoveOn a price break on their scurrilous full page advertisement attacking General David Petraeus. Oh, and they said the attack ad violated their own policy against publishing personal attacks. Gee, do you think? Don't they have editors there or something?

The paper's public editor Clark Hoyt, after much consultation with journalism textbooks and black plastic orbs enumerated with a white "8", came to the realization that The Times' felicitous tandem error "gave fresh ammunition to a cottage industry that loves to bash The Times as a bastion of the liberal media. " No Clark, not at all. Giving MoveOn a 54% discount and publishing an unprecedented full page personal attack on September 10 calling Gen. Petraeus a traitor during a shooting war is just an honest mistake. Taking two weeks to determine/admit what everybody already knew doesn't bode well for The Times either. What a braying Jackass.

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