Out of the Closet: New York Times Censored McCain's Op-Ed Response to Obama
Ahhh, the Good Grey Lady, as the New York Times, was once known, back in the days when it was a newspaper and not a hack propaganda rag. Now the Times, in a stunning example of political censorship said "nyet" to Sen. John McCain's opinion piece, but published Sen. Barack Obama's op ed.
Making the call? Former senior Clinton administration insider David Shipley. Apparently Shipley, following former Pres. Bill Clinton's lead, has selected the posture of a devilish intern in a blue dress as the appropriate model for what once was respectable journalism.
Want to know what the Times didn't want you to see? Here it is.
Update: The Times contined to make its mission clear again today as it published a laudatory pro-Obama editorial masquerading as news analysis. The headline reads: "For Obama, A First Step is Not a Misstep".
That's clearly an opinion, not news headline. Here's an out-take: "After a day spent meeting Iraqi leaders and American military commanders, Mr. Obama seemed to have navigated one of the riskiest parts of a weeklong international trip without a noticeable hitch and to have gained a new opportunity to blunt attacks on his national security credentials by his Republican rival in the presidential race, Senator John McCain."
Although the Times does, in small type, does include the term "News Analysis", the presentation of the piece, coupled with the censoring of McCain's piece while promoting Obama's, sends a clear message: the Times is in this campaign to win the White House for Obama. This is a sad time for American journalism.
Update: The McCain campaign and various commentators are pointing out that Obama is negotiating with other leaders on his Middle East trip. As David Gergen points out: ""...Barack Obama made the first mistake of his trip, in my judgment, in releasing a statement in which he said exactly what Maliki had said in those conversations. We have a long tradition in this country that we only have one president at a time. He's the commander in chief and the negotiator in chief. I cannot remember a campaign which a rival seeking the presidency has been in a position negotiating a war that's under way with another party outside the country." --
Gloria Borger declared "And it's not up to Barack Obama right now to negotiate troop withdrawals."
You won't see that material in the New York Times, either.
Note: opinion is included in the lead-in commentary, above.
The New York Times on Friday blocked an opinion piece submitted by John McCain to the newspaper shortly after it printed a piece by his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, McCain campaign officials confirmed to FOX News on Monday.
Obama’s piece detailed his plans for Iraq and Afghanistan. While McCain’s proposed piece also discussed Iraq, The Times told McCain’s advisers that it would not accept the op-ed in its current form because it did not offer new information. Obama’s speech previewed a series of speeches leading up to a highly publicized trip to war zones in the Middle East.