Ed Driscoll

Live By The Times, Die By The Times

That New York Times article that H.D. Miller linked to (see my post below) is also the same one that has this quote from Senator Kerry:

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.

And yet, reading it, part of me wonders if this article – and the ads that have resulted from it – will mark a turning point in the final month of the race.


The New York Times has played a huge, huge role in keeping Kerry’s swift boat of a campaign afloat. As Jonathan M. Stein wrote in a piece we linked to back in August:

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