If you got your news exclusively from The New York Times, you would be unaware of the following:
- On April 7, The Department of Homeland Security issued a controversial report alleging that gun owners, pro-lifers, immigration-reform activists and returning Iraq veterans (among others) were ripe for recruitment by “right-wing extremists.”
- DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano defended her department’s smear of conservatives.
- The unsubstantiated and inflammatory report has been widely criticized. In a letter to Napolitano, American Legion National Commander David K. Rehbein called the report politically biased. House Minority Leader John A. Boehner said DHS “owes our veterans an apology.”
- With the support of the Thomas Moore Law Center, Michael Savage — one of America’s most popular talk-show hosts — is suing DHS for targeting “for disfavored treatment” individuals and groups considered to be “right-wing extremists.”
Among other mainstream media, the controversy has been covered by The Washington Post (April 16), ABC News (April 23) and MSNBC (April 16) — but not The New York Times.
The Times claims it reports “all the news that’s fit to print.” (It’s right there in the masthead.) We’ve said it before, but it bears repetition: The Times tailors its coverage to advance the causes it supports.
If it feels a story would be harmful to the left or present conservatives in a positive light, it simply ignores it. (The Times refuses to cover the largest political demonstration of the year, the annual March for Life in the nation’s capital.) If it deems a story that’s minimally newsworthy useful for promoting its agenda, it gives it wall-to-wall coverage.
Imagine The Times’ response if the Bush administration had issued a report saying feminists, environmentalists and multiculturalists were apt to be recruited by potentially violent left-wing extremists.
The New York Times is fanatically devoted to biased reporting and willing to go to extremes to use coverage to sell its agenda.