The pot and the kettle

February 21, 2008

It must really be awful to have a short memory. I wouldn’t know; I can remember images and words from many, many years ago. My memory has typically been one of the stronger aspects of my mind.

Which makes me thankful, because otherwise, I would probably be another hapless bystander in convulsions right now over the New York Time’s assasination job of John McCain. Don’t balk at my language; “assasination job” is exactly what it is. There is nothing substantive in the bloated piece (which talks more about ethics controversies long since fumigated than the actual “affair” (so called) between Senator McCain and a lobbyist). The NY Times, always a beacon on intellectual integrity and forthrightness, is simply trying to save their own tail. The paper made the mistake of endorsing Hillary Clinton, whose campaign is tanking faster than Jayson Blair’s journalistic career. It is no small secret that most national polls have McCain convincingly beating Mrs. Clinton in a general election. So the Times has two options: smear Obama or smear McCain. Well, I guess that’s really only one option; to attack Obama at this point in the campaign would spell idealogical exile for anyone who calls themself a Democrat.

So that leaves John McCain the target. I’m no McCain fan, and I don’t necessarily think questions regarding his integrity are without value. But in all things, you have to know “where it came from.” The Times would like to be disgusted with the character of the presumed Republican nominee: Nothing more. This isn’t a serious, balanced evaluation of one man’s values. It is a verbal drive-by shooting. Even if its true.

Yes, I said it: Even if the accusations are true. McCain’s innocence or guilt it completely irrelevant to the Times’ mission; timing and delivery can give a wealth of insight into factual statements made by dishonest people (Swift Boats, anyone?). The New York Times is right to insist that character matters; what they miss is that that includes them! Judicial Watch found the Times’ favorite Senator topping the list of “Most Wanted Corrupt Politicans of 2007.” And lest you think the list also a partisan assination piece, they don’t hesistate to include Republicans like Mike Huckabee and Rudy Guiliani on there too. The Clinton blurb:

In addition to her long and sordid ethics record, Senator Hillary Clinton took a lot of heat in 2007 – and rightly so – for blocking the release her official White House records.  Many suspect these records contain a treasure trove of information related to her role in a number of serious Clinton-era scandals.  Moreover, in March 2007, Judicial Watch filed an ethics complaint against Senator Clinton for filing false financial disclosure forms with the U.S. Senate (again).  And Hillary’s top campaign contributor, Norman Hsu, was exposed as a felon and a fugitive from justice in 2007.  Hsu pleaded guilt to one count of grand theft for defrauding investors as part of a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme.

The New York Times would like you to forget this. They’d prefer if you stood gaping at the newspaper stand, thinking that you’ve never seen Dan Rather or Swift Boats of Daily Kos pieces. This has all been done before, and frankly, its been done by more respectable peple. The New York Times stands as a textbook example of the pot calling the kettle black. When is America going to get “all the truth that’s fit to print”?


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