The New York Times still prides itself, via the tiny box on the front page of the newspaper as having “All the News that’s Fit to Print,” a vestigial holdover from the end of the 19th century, designed to brand the paper as a classier alternative during the days of so-called “yellow journalism.” Back then, “All the News that’s Fit to Print,” kept some of the sleazier stories of the day out of the paper, or at least tarted up for public consumption by the paper’s Victorian gentlemen.
Today though, “All the News that’s Fit to Print” is a euphemism for the tiny box of information the paper provides its readers, keeping them cocooned by keeping anything that benefits Republicans out of the house organ of the Democrat party. In 2008, the paper refused to run John McCain’s rebuttal to an op-ed written under Barack Obama’s name, and in 2011, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin’s op-ed somehow never successfully made it over the transom, either, as the Blaze notes:
These are uneasy times in Wisconsin. Not only is the state recovering from almost a month of mass protests, but today a judge heard arguments about whether or not the state’s new collective bargaining law was a) legal and b) already in effect. And through it all, the media has become as much a part of the story as Gov. Scott Walker. So today, Walker exacted his revenge — a little.
The governor’s target was the New York Times. According to him, the Times has spent a lot of page space giving voice to those opposed to his reforms in Wisconsin. So he sent the paper an op-ed explaining his position. It rejected that op-ed. He put it on his website anyway.
Update: Mickey Kaus adds, “Wake Up, Wingers! Scott Walker’s anti-union team could suffer a big defeat in Wisconsin’s April 5 Supreme Court election.”