'What the New York Times is Doing is Ass-Covering'
Now is the time when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals-style:
—Headline, NewsBusters, yesterday.
—Headline, NewsBusters, April 15, 2013.
—Headline at NRO's Corner blog, September 4, 2013.
Kate Zernike of the New York Times describes how tea-party activists explore “dusty bookshelves for long-dormant ideas” and study “once-obscure texts” by “long-dead authors.” She is of course referring to Friedrich Hayek, whose book The Road to Serfdom was excerpted in Reader’s Digest and never has been out of print, whose Nobel Prize for economics in 1974 celebrated the importance and mainstream acceptance of his thinking, and whose death in 1992 isn’t exactly ancient history. The article fails to illuminate tea-party philosophy and some of what it tries to say is bizarre. (Check out Zernike’s jaw-dropping attempt to define “the rule of law,” which is apparently a term she hadn’t heard until recently.) But it does serve the useful purpose of highlighting the biases and blinders of certain journalists.
—"Obscurantism," a post by John J. Miller at the Corner, October 3, 2010.
Or as Neo-Neocon wrote earlier this week on the NYT blackout of the IRS scandal, "what the Times is doing is ass-covering:"
They can’t think of a way to spin Obama’s abysmal failures any more (they do have certain standards, although those standards are pretty low), so they are silent.
They’re also very accustomed to setting the news agenda, and think they can get away with ignoring news they don’t like. That Times slogan “All the news that’s fit to print” takes on new meaning, doesn’t it? Up till now I’d always assumed they were conveying the idea that they cover the news thoroughly (they’d like us to think they cover it objectively, too, but that’s an absurdity). But did you ever wonder what sort of news isn’t “fit to print”? Why, it’s news that would hurt liberals and help conservatives, that’s what news. And it doesn’t matter if that news constitutes the biggest scandal since Watergate—potentially even bigger than Watergate.
The Gray Lady fancies itself a world-class newspaper, and a paper capable of covering all of America, but its output is as remarkably provincial as the worldview depicted in Saul Steinberg's classic "View of the World from 9th Avenue" New Yorker cover from 1976. Which is exactly how Timesmen view middle America -- just ask them.
But of course, all of this presumes that the Times, in classic Orwellian doublethink mode, still primarily considers itself a newspaper, and not a house organ for a political party.
Or to put it another way, "Rush Limbaugh Was Right: For Liberals In And Out Of Media, It's The Ideology, Stupid."