Emmett Tyrrell

I read the liberal press every day, the Times along with The Washington Post. What is most troubling about the Times is not its ideology or even its inaccuracies. Those of us who read widely can generally spot a newspaper's inaccuracies. The problem with the Times is its ethics. Just the other day, it claimed to have broken, through its aggressive reporting, a very significant story. It claimed to break the story that a Democratic Senate candidate in Connecticut -- the state's attorney general, Richard Blumenthal -- repeatedly made false claims about having served in combat during the Vietnam War.

Now we find out that some of the information used by the Times came from one of Blumenthal's potential opponents, Republican Linda McMahon. Once the story was published, McMahon boasted of it. Surely it was the duty of the newspaper to inform us of its reporters' use of McMahon's material. For that matter, surely the newspaper's editors should have expected that McMahon would blow their cover. As I say, modern journalists tend to be arrogant and provincial. Here is a good example of it.


Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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