June 27, 2006

The Mindset Of The NYT
— Ace

...is demonstrated by their choice of what letters to publish. Powerline Blog notes they found the following letter -- written as a parody -- was well-received by the NYT:

Dear Mr. Keller:

I want to thank you personally for breaking the story on the government illegally using the SWIFT system to track money.

This administration is always breaking the law. They all belong behind bars. Just remember, it's your duty to make sure they're kicked out of office, in the most humiliating way possible. Republicans are killers of poor people all around the world. Crimes against humanity should not go unpunished.

Keep up the good work.

Henry David

Click on the link to read the Times' gratitude in receiving such plaudits.

Posted by: Ace at 11:43 AM | Comments (6)
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1 May be over-reaching. That response looks like it could be a form letter.

Posted by: Phil at June 27, 2006 11:44 AM (39DNf)

2 A form letter usually just says "your letter has been received."

It's possible that some reader just scans through and categorizes letters as either supportive or critical, and hits a button to send either a "Thanks!" or "We're sorry you feel that way" form letter.

Still, in that case, someone read it, and categorized it as a thanks for the good work.

Posted by: ace at June 27, 2006 11:47 AM (h7Mal)

3 Loose shit, ace. Your point is accurate and valid, but you worded it in a way that might lead people to believe that the Times actually published the letter (if they didn't click through to Powerline).

Posted by: DaveS at June 27, 2006 02:54 PM (m/5FH)

4 Any statement is quotable and therefore the difference between sending a response and publishing the letter is not very signifigant; furthermore it could be said that a response is actually more signifigant considering that papers actually do sometimes publish letters which they disagree with, whereas their response leaves no uncertainty about the fact that they wholeheartedly agree with it.

I want to thank you personally for breaking the story on the government illegally using the SWIFT system to track money.

This administration is always breaking the law. They all belong behind bars. Just remember, it's your duty to make sure they're kicked out of office, in the most humiliating way possible. Republicans are killers of poor people all around the world. Crimes against humanity should not go unpunished.

Such a target rich environment. By impliedly agreeing with this letter, the Times (or a staffer familiar with the Times' general behind-closed-doors attitude on the matter) is effectively stating that 1) They do feel SWIFT was illegal despite their previous grudging admission otherwise, 2) They see this ultimately as a vendetta against Bush and the republicans and probably most damning 3) What Keller tried to justify as a reporter's higher duty to the Truth in fact is nothing more than an attempt at punishing Bush and the republicans.

Even if this letter came from Willie the Mailboy (which it probably did), it's still a very interesting window onto the Times' true feelings - and motivations.

The irony here is that just as there are always going to be people in govt willing to betray it, so too will there always be similar people in the MSM - it's just a matter of knowing who to ask. Something that becomes an increasingly more looming threat the closer govt comes to mustering enough backbone to order investigations and hearings.

As Anxious Andy once said to Howell Raines - tick tock Bill Keller, tick tock.*

*This was pre-BDS and shortly following Raines' decision to ax Sully's contract, but it still had a nice ring to it.

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