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wFriday, September 10, 2004

FAIR AND BALANCED: My latest piece for the Spectator looks at charges of bias in the New York Times and finds them funny. Several years ago, I was involved with publishing a campus newspaper. We'd get letters accusing us of "bias" like that was some debate-ending charge. I never did quite get their point:

Item: Last week, former President George H.W. Bush announced that he was through with the New York Times -- sort of. Bush said on CNN that he had "given up" on the paper, though his comments gave some wiggle room as to the meaning of "given up." He speculated that his son might fall into the same category as former first wife Barbara Bush, who refuses to even leaf through it anymore.

Stop laughing.

Forty-one charged that the news pages of the Times "are getting to show a certain bias." Through analysis pieces under headings such as Reporter's Notebook, Bush argued, journalists are allowed to insinuate their own opinions in pages that were previously the Platonic ideal of "objective reporting." Thus the paper's sales pitch, on the front page of every issue: "All the news that's fit to print." [more]

UPDATE: Yes, the site is currently shut down, due to the evil machinations of one Matt Drudge. Hopefully, it'll be back later today.

posted by Jeremy at 12:04 AM