Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Liberal Media Quote Of The Day

"I also believe that columnists are entitled by their mandate to engage in the unfair use of statistics, the misleading representation of opposing positions, and the conscious withholding of contrary data." --Daniel Okrent, former NYT public editor.

This is the guy the Times chose to be its in-house watchdog. The guy who was supposed to keep them honest refrained from criticizing the editors because he believed they had the right--no the mandate--to lie? Now that he is no longer public editor, he feels free to do what I thought he was hired to do 18 months ago. Just what is the public editor's job anyway? Apparently it's to portray the Times as liberal. Funny, I thought that was Brent Bozell's job. I guess if you're a tool of the conservative propaganda machine you can't have too many people calling you liberal.

Seriously, the main reason that people believe the media to be liberal is that the media portrays itself as liberal--Mr. Okrent is just exhibit A. But portraying the media as liberal is itself a conservative act (again see Mr. Bozell and his crew), an act that both indicates their conservatism and which clearly benefits the conservatives.

By the way Danny, you still haven't backed up your claim that Krugman leaves himself open to substantive assault with any substantive assault. No self-respecting journalist would ever admit to being unfamiliar with a study that might (if correct) weaken his argument? Puleaze!


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