NY Times criticizes, ignores self + mini rant

In a nutshell, the Times ran a piece in early April 2006 claiming that El Salvador punishes women who have had abortions with 30-year prison terms. It cited one Carmen Climaco as proof. Well, in November, LifeSiteNews obtained the court ruling in Climaco’s case and discovered that she had been convicted not of abortion, but of strangling her normally-born infant.

The fact that the paper would allow such inaccurate reporting to be printed is bad enough. A certain type of reader might even call it a lie, and suspect intentionality rather than error. But the story went to a new level this week when Times’s ombudsman published an editorial admitting the error and criticizing the paper for not publishing a retraction or correction.

Just a heads up to anyone who reads the Times. The spirit of Jayson Blair is alive and well in New York.

This reminds me of something else from one of the most unhinged sites online: DailyKos. After the 2004 elections, the site published two maps side by side: one showing which counties voted Democrat or Republican, and another with a dot on the map for every American death in Iraq. Coincidentally, densely populated urban areas, which invariably voted Democrat, also boasted the highest concentration of Iraq deaths. Kos posted the map to “prove” that Dems were more patriotic than GOPers; and when one of his readers pointed out the speciousness of the logic, another reader replied:

The implication of the maps is false, but who cares, its an obvious implication and we should push it.

Can we trust the Times? DailyKos? Michael Moore? Al Gore? Jimmy Carter? What public figure is a committed liberal and also perfectly honest and fair in argumentation and depiction of his/her opponents?

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4 Responses to “NY Times criticizes, ignores self + mini rant”

  1. Subcomandante Marcos Says:

    This is specious:

    “Can we trust the Times? DailyKos? Michael Moore? Al Gore? Jimmy Carter? What public figure is a committed liberal and also perfectly honest and fair in argumentation and depiction of his/her opponents?”

    Name a public figure on the Right who would stand up to such scrutiny.

    “Fair and Balanced”, come on. Please… I expect more from the Couch. Your valid criticism of the NYT piece is undone by your last statement.

  2. Curly Says:

    My question can’t really be specious, since I meant it in truth as a request for a name or names of honest public liberals. I am ignorant on this point.

    As for honest conservatives, Benedict XVI is an obvious choice. I don’t think he’d have too much trouble standing up to that kind of scrutiny. In politics, John Bolton seems to be an honest man. I also–though this will make liberals laugh–perceive Rick Santorum as honest. Ed Whelan, head of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. I could go on if I thought for a while longer.

    I await the posting of names of honest liberals, so I may read their works . . .

    All the people/organs I named in my final comment, though, have documented cases of egregious deception and/or mischaracterization of their opponents.

  3. Herbesse Says:

    Will this make my Al Gore stocks on trendio rise? http://www.trendio.com/word.php?language=en&wordid=74

  4. Subcomandante Marcos Says:

    “I await the posting of names of honest liberals, so I may read their works . . .”

    This is your perennial comeback, Curly… Old, tired, dare I say crabby? I am not claiming to hold a stash of honest liberals to face down your imagined model citizens. I am just saying that your quest for the “perfectly honest and fair” is completely naive.

    It is a pee stain on the Couch, that’s all.

    But I’m down here in the muddy jungles of southern Mexico. I would kill several capitalists for a nice pee-stained couch…

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