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July 2, 2006

The New York Times, Public Enemy Number One?

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media
The New York Times consistently gives screaming front page coverage to every real or imaginary transgression of American troops and American policy, while downplaying and sometimes all but ignoring the many daily terrors, war crimes, conspiracies, and atrocities committed and attempted by Islamic Jihadists throughout the Middle East and elsewhere around the world.
In the sense explained by Raymond Kraft at ChronWatch, the answer is yes:
In the law there is a variant of the tort of invasion of privacy and defamation called "false light." The gist of it is that someone has published information which, although technically true, is distorted in some way so as to make the subject appear to be worse, or different, than he, or she, really is. This is often done by telling only part of the truth. Let me illustrate, with two hypothetical news stories, both about the same person, and both "true."

News Story One
"John Smith has admitted to the police that he set fire to his ex-wife's house yesterday morning. Although the fire department responded, the house burned to the ground. An insurance company spokesman told us that no claim has been made, yet. A source in the District Attorney's Office stated that no decision has been made to prosecute Mr. Smith for arson, and that he has not been arrested. Mr. Smith's ex-wife has not returned our call. The investigation is continuing."

Sounds bad, doesn't it? Now, here's the rest of the story, from the other paper.

News Story Two
"John Smith, a well-known local building contractor, contracted with his former wife to tear down an old house on her property and build a new one in the location. He decided that the cheapest and fastest way to do the demolition was to burn the house, which was old, with little salvageable wood. He contacted the Fire Department for a burn permit, and they agreed to use the fire as a training exercise. Afterward, John and his former wife hosted a BBQ for the Smalltown Volunteer Fire Department and the city police officers and their families, using coals from the old house to grill hamburgers and steaks. Our favorite local band, The Smalltown Blues, played until midnight, and a great time was had by everybody there."

Even though the facts in Story One are true, so far as they go, the way the story is slanted and spun makes John Smith seem to be a criminal arsonist, while adding the rest of the facts, the context, tells us that he's a contractor on good terms with his ex-wife and a friend to the local fire and police departments. Big difference.

Almost since the beginning of the War on Islamic Terrorism, the New York Times and the rest of the Liberal Media Cabal have been persistently and incessantly portraying the president's conduct of the war, the events of the war, the conduct of American troops in the Middle East, and the efforts of America to defeat the emergence of the new Islamic Imperialism, the Jihad against Western Civilization, in a false light.

I hardly need to repeat the litany of events and editorial board policies. They are familiar. But I will mention a few briefly to make the point.

The New York Times consistently gives screaming front page coverage to every real or imaginary transgression of American troops and American policy, while downplaying and sometimes all but ignoring the many daily terrors, war crimes, conspiracies, and atrocities committed and attempted by Islamic Jihadists throughout the Middle East and elsewhere around the world. Stories about the humiliation of a couple dozen Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib by a handful of troops were on the front page daily for more than a year, while reports of Muslim terrorists cutting off heads and blowing up children and women and civilian men or police recruits waiting in line to get on a bus, or shopping for vegetables in the market, usually get short and rather blasé attention, often somewhere on the inside pages, casting a false light on America's conduct of the Iraq war, telling part of the truth, slanting, spinning, making America's behavior appear far worse than that of those who routinely kill anyone they can, at random, for effect.

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So, "When is The New York Times going to get around to uncovering an al-Qaida secret program? That's exactly what Ann Coulter would like to know!

Related:Honor free press; just quit buying New York Times

Posted by Richard at July 2, 2006 10:16 AM



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