?It is no secret to the few who actually still read the Times that the organization prides itself on its Progressive views. It is pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, and favors the use of government as an instrument for the redistribution of wealth. It believes that global warming and Darwinian evolution are established, indisputable facts. Anyone who departs from this orthodoxy, i.e. the majority of Republicans, is branded by the Times as an unenlightened, anti-choice, anti-science, homophobic, racist, xenophobic troglodyte. In addition to serving as ideological fodder for its Liberal fan base, these ad hominem caricatures are designed to have a chilling effect on voters who might be inclined to embrace a candidate upon whom the Times does not look favorably. ??It is any wonder, then, that Gingrich's attacks on the elite media establishment are resonating with voters in America's hinterlands and "fly-over" states? Any surprise that many conservatives have lost confidence in the once-revered bastions of American journalism and now look to other outlets for news and information?
For all of the faults that may be found with the Republican debates (and there are many), at least the candidates' rhetoric more often than not includes appeals to facts and logic. Liberals might prefer vague allusions to "hope and change" to the sometimes uncomfortable realities of America's current political, economic, and social condition, but South Carolina voters and millions like them across these United States are fed up with meaningless, feel-good rhetoric and are ready for action – with or without the blessing of the New York Times.