Monday, June 04, 2007

What War On Terror?

The news of the plot by Islamic terrorists to blow up Kennedy Airport didn't rate front-page coverage on the New York Times, nor did it make the front of the National section.

The NYT buried the story in its regional news, with just a "tease" on Page 1.

By contrast, the major out-of-state papers in Washington and California ran it as the front-page headline story.

The NYT's reluctantance to acknowledge the very real threat posed by Islamic terrorism raises all sorts of questions in my mind about the paper's motivations.

Here's one thought, for starters: the NYT acknowledging the terrorists in our midst would undermine the candidacy of at least one Democrat candidate, John Edwards, who has insisted on multiple occasions that the War on Terror is no more than a bumper sticker...

Tuesday Update: The New York Post takes the New York Times to task.

The Post lists the stories that the Times felt qualified for the front page instead of the terror plot -- which included bricklaying in India and how to maintain violins -- and concluded: "Let's be clear here: The 'paper of record' isn't guilty of merely poor news judgment. It's got an agenda."


Blogger Wolf Flywheel said...

It's amazing that Mr. Edwards is still considered a candidate by some. What an empty jar he is.I actually saw my first Edwards '08 bumper sticker today. I wonder if he realizes that is all he is to most people: a bumper sticker. -------------Just a shameless plug: Tune in tonight to hear JC and myself on Geekerati radio. There was a link in today's roundup.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Unfortunately it will take something as extreme as the NYTs' own offices being blown up for them to admit that the barbarians have already stormed the gates.

Gah. I don't even like John Edwards' hair.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Ugly Naked Guy said...

No, no, no...

If the NYT's own offices are blown up they will publish somehow the front page editorial will feature apologies to their atttackers for being American and "deserving" what we got. Idiots.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

"If the NYT's own offices are blown up they will publish somehow the front page editorial will feature apologies to their atttackers for being American and "deserving" what we got."

Ain't it the truth!

I enjoyed the 'Net radio show, Wolf!

Best wishes,

9:08 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Again, what's either amusing or galling about today's NYT's take on the matter is their continued belief that the public is as in denial as they are.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Agreed, Dana! The level of their denial is particularly amazing given that this incident was (again) in New York!


9:52 PM  
Blogger Ugly Naked Guy said...


Thanks for doing the legwork on this. I was wondering how much play it would get, but I hadn't seen the NYT's ho-hum placement. I gave you credit and I also posted what I believe the reason for their reticence is.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

That was a good post -- thanks for the link! Here's the link to your post to make it easy for everyone to find it:

I think you make a great point that the media usually fall all over themselves to scare us (i.e., global warming) but here they want to ignore the story. It's so reflective of their ideology. (Another great example in recent months, on a completely different topic, is the relative coverage of Sandy Berger vs. Scooter Libby.)

Best wishes,

11:18 PM  
Blogger Bag Of Bones said...

What war on terror? Open borders, the Dubai ports deal, unchecked cargo containers, non-enforcement of visa violations, airlines not reinforced, Osama bin Laden not captured, unchecked gangs allowed to roam our urban areas and now recruited by terror agents, unconditional amnesty for every illegal alien, drug cartels free to move dope into the country as border agents are imprisoned . . . Edwards is right. It's just a bumper sticker.

11:28 PM  
Blogger Wolf Flywheel said...

Bag Of Bones

And they haven't caught DB Cooper or figured out how they built the pyramids, or found who shot JFK, or even stopped the world from turning. What a horrible government! They can stop all of it at once with no effort if they really wanted to.

6:15 AM  

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