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Oh, That Liberal Media

April 22nd, 2005 - 9:41 am

The first time I read this New York Sun story, I almost figured it was a put-on. I mean, it’s got ‘punchline’ written all over it: Ted Kennedy’s brother-in-law pleads guilty to political corruption related to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, it’s revealed that he’s been a secret informant to the FBI for years, and oh, by the way, he’s also under investigation for trying to lure young girls into his car using a fake police light. But it’s not a joke–it’s a real story.

And what a story! It’s got corruption, Kennedys, secret informants, Clintons, even weird sexual allegations. You’d think it would be the lead headline from coast to coast.

But funny thing–you can’t find it much of anywhere. It’s nowhere to be seen at CNN.com, even on the Politics page. It’s not on the front of the New York Times website, and the only mention within the site is a canned AP story.

Gee, I thought the Times was supposed to be the ‘newspaper of record,’ with the best reporters in the world–they couldn’t even spare one of them to cover a story involving the Democratic Party’s two most prominent elected officials, Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton?

The Washington Post, allegedly the Times’ biggest competitor for political news, doesn’t mention the story at all. A search for “Raymond Reggie” at WaPo gets no relevant hits.

Golly, I wonder why not.

But have no fear, I’m sure Steve Lovelady and the Columbia Journalism review are on top of things, and will weigh in with a scathing Corey Pein condemnation in no time.

Of course, it’ll be a condemnation of the Sun for daring to print the Reggie story in the first place…

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