If a newspaper has a story on a political candidate that could easily wreck that candidate’s chances of winning and they spike that story because they ideologically agree with that candidate and want him elected it goes beyond bias. Given the multitude of protections given to the media under our system of a free press, one could argue that such actions are treasonous against America. The New York Times did just that.
A lawyer involved with legal action against Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) told a House Judiciary subcommittee on March 19 The New York Times had killed a story in October that would have shown a close link between ACORN, Project Vote and the Obama campaign because it would have been a “a game changer.”
I would submit that the New York Times committed treason against the people of the United States.
Heather Heidelbaugh, who represented the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee in the lawsuit against the group, recounted for the ommittee what she had been told by a former ACORN worker who had worked in the group’s Washington, D.C. office. The former worker, Anita Moncrief, told Ms. Heidelbaugh last October, during the state committee’s litigation against ACORN, she had been a “confidential informant for several months to The New York Times reporter, Stephanie Strom.”
So the New York Times is using secret informants. That is fine, that is journalism as long as it is a reasonably credible source, as a former ACORN worker would likely be.
Ms. Moncrief told Ms. Heidelbaugh the campaign had asked her and her boss to “reach out to the maxed-out donors and solicit donations from them for Get Out the Vote efforts to be run by ACORN.”
Ms. Heidelbaugh then told the congressional panel:
“Upon learning this information and receiving the list of donors from the Obama campaign, Ms. Strom reported to Ms. Moncrief that her editors at The New York Times wanted her to kill the story because, and I quote, “it was a game changer.”’
So, the NYT (the newsletter for the Social Democrats) is doing investigative journalism on a story but they stop cold once it becomes obvious that their story could reflect negatively on their chosen candidate for President. They have critical information on the man likely to be the next leader of the “free world” and they keep it to themselves because they want him elected – talk about a smoking gun of outright media bias!
Rep. Sensenbrenner (R), had some poignant observations:
“If true, The New York Times is showing once again that it is a not an impartial observer of the political scene,” he said. “If they want to be a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party, they should put Barack Obama approves of this in their newspaper.”
That would be a good thing for their masthead. Perhaps they should change their name to Pravda as well. Some arguably less partisan academics had similar criticisms of how the NYT reported on Democrats versus Republicans:
Academicians and journalism experts expressed similar criticism of the Times.
“The New York Times keeps going over the line in every single campaign and last year was the worst, easily,” said Mal Kline of the American Journalism Center. “They would ignore real questions worth examining about Obama, the questions about Bill Ayers or about how he got his house. Then on the other side they would try to manufacture scandals.”
Mr. Kline mentioned Gov. Sarah Palin was cleared by investigators of improperly firing an Alaska State Trooper, but went unnoticed by The Times.
“How many stories about this were in The New York Times,” he asked.
“If this is true, it would not surprise me at all. The New York Times is a liberal newspaper. It is dedicated to furthering the Democratic Party,” said Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of Political Science at Grove City College. “People think The New York Times is an objective news source and it is not. It would not surprise me that if they had a news story that would have swayed the election into McCain’s favor they would not have used it.”
Hammer meet nail. And don’t forget the completely manufactured story about John McCain having an affair with a lobbyist; that one ranks up there with Mary Mapes’ and Dan Rather’s fake George Bush National Guard scandal.
The New York Times committed treason against the citizens of America. Read the story on this from the Philadelphia Bulletin here.