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June 4, 2007

For The NYT, What's Bigger News Than A Foiled Terror Plot? - 'Indian Brick Making!'

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media

I don't know about you, but the NYTs' ranking of the importance of news events continues to leave me puzzled. Stories I find to be of great importance to the nation will end up somewhere on page 30-plus, while stories of no consequence will be front page news. This is especially the case when the Times is pushing their favorite liberal agenda of the day, publishing our national secrets, trashing Republican politicians and conservative issues, and the like. Yesterday, a day in which the big news story was a Muslim terrorist plot to blow up fuel and terminals at JFK, proved to be no exception.

In Opinion Journal's "Best of the Web" today, James Taranto points to this image of yesterday's New York Times front page.

One would think it was a pretty slow news day, for the lead story, "President's Push on Immigration Tests G.O.P. Base," merits only one column. Three other stories appear above the fold:

* "A Legal Debate in Guantanamo on Boy Fighters"
* "After Sanctions, Doctors Get Drug Company Pay"
* "In a New India, an Old Industry Buoys Peasants"

That last story is about brick making. Below the fold are two more stories: one about President Bush's Korea-Iraq analogy (a subject we wrote about three days earlier) and one about violin maintenance.

Then there's this story:

Four men, including a onetime airport cargo handler and a former member of the Parliament of Guyana, were charged yesterday with plotting to blow up fuel tanks, terminal buildings and the web of fuel lines running beneath Kennedy International Airport.

This appeared not on the front page, but on page 37. (We're told it appeared on page 30 of the NYT's' national edition.)

In other words, brick making in India and violin maintenance rank higher than a terrorist plot to blow up fuel tanks and terminal buildings at JFK and kill thousands of people in the process.

As I like to say, go figure!

Posted by Richard at June 4, 2007 8:14 PM

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