Paper of Wreckage
reporters caught red-handed reporting
By Allan Uthman
North Korea. Iran can wait. America faces a much
more clever and powerful enemy: the elitofascists at the New
York Times. If you listen to the insistent, unavoidable blabber
of right-wing opinion, the Gray Lady is a commie terrorist,
doing whatever she can to help the Jihadists destroy America.
talker Melanie Morgan said that if the New York Times’ executive
editor were tired and convicted for the article, she "would
have no problem with him being sent to the gas chamber."
These sentiments were more or less echoed by Michelle Malkin,
Cal Thomas, Bill Kristol, and the usual gang of idiots, including
a few congressmen and the White House itself. The charges
are the usual bullshit: treason, sedition, espionage. The
one thing these various accusers have in common, besides an
abiding devotion to the Bush administration, is that they
all have a troubled relationship with the first amendment,
and have now grown to despise it.
Times is certainly far from perfect. It has had its share
of embarrassingly false reportage. It promotes the gleefully
dumb opinions of respected buffoons like Tom Friedman and
David Brooks. Even worse are its sins of omission, like their
near-total blackout on our international status as a rogue
criminal, or any serious coverage of election fraud.
that really is beside the point here. This mob assault is
the same thing that happened to Newsweek last year. It’s about
intimidation, about keeping a lid on things. When Abu Ghraib
broke, they focused their outrage on the people who leaked
the pictures. When the NSA domestic spying campaign went public,
it was the press they attacked. Whenever any story breaks
that makes the White House look bad, they see it either as
anti-Bush propaganda, or as an act of sedition designed to
weaken national security, or both.
doesn’t seem to bother them too much, though, is when the
press lies. I didn’t notice much scathing rhetoric from the
right when it became clear that both the New York Times and
the Washington Post had penned a string of false stories about
WMD in Iraq. And none of them seemed to mind being lied to
about the circumstances surrounding the death of Pat Tillman
or the rescue of Jessica Lynch—although they certainly directed
anger at the reporters who so cruelly relieved them of those
now these people are so used to hating the press and in particular
the Times that they’re not even making sense anymore. As with
the still-recent bashing the Times underwent following its
revelation the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program, there
is no way that anything damaging was revealed to al Qaeda
(terrorists don’t care if you obtain a warrant before listening
animosity directed at the Times for its report on efforts
to track terrorist money isn’t just hyperbolic, it’s completely
baseless. The notion that Al Qaeda didn’t already know about
it is idiotic, especially considering that Bush has been bragging
about it for years, and the Belgian SWIFT database, which
helps track terrorist financiers, promotes that fact on their
website. The same story was also “exposed” by the Wall Street
Journal and the L.A. Times, to no ill effect (although the
WSJ managed, in a single inexplicable editorial, to defend
their printing the story while attacking the Times for theirs).
In a normal world, these facts would have shut everybody up
within a couple of days. But facts like these just bounce
off the skulls of Bush loyalists, and they keep right on repeating
the charges which have just been refuted so effectively, still
insisting that vital secrets have been revealed to the enemy,
as if they can simply will it to be true.
in a sense they can, because it has the cumulative effect
of inoculating followers against further information. People
will actually say, straight-faced, that you can’t believe
what you read in the New York Times, while espousing devotion
to the largely fictional content of magazines like the Weekly
Standard or the American Spectator. Right wingers have successfully
politicized the act of reporting. They’ve made informing
the public into an act of disloyalty. Works out great
for the White House, but not so much for the rest of us.
David Horowitz. Horowitz is head ape at the Scaife-funded
an online magazine that specializes in accusing left-wingers—mostly
journalists and university professors—of treason. Always quick
to attack media reports which inform us of our own
government’s activities as deliberate attempts to inform “our
enemies,” FrontPageMag needs no more proof against its opponents
than that they disseminate information that doesn’t please
the editors of FrontPageMag. Their rhetoric is so reminiscent
of similar Nazi accusations of the press and intellectuals
in general that it is nearly impossible not to notice.
is also in hysterics over an article in the New York Times,
but it isn’t about tracking financial transactions. The new
big threat to our national security in the Times, he says,
is a piece
in the travel section about Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld’s
vacation homes in St. Michaels, Maryland.
office gave permission for the photos of his home that accompany
the article. Even the Secret Service told the American Prospect
that the Times article “is not a security threat.” But Horowitz
and his insane clown posse know better. Horowitz called
the article an “apparent retaliation for criticism of its
disclosure of classified intelligence to America's enemies.”
Again, this is about a fluff piece in the travel section.
no mistake about it, there is a war going on in this country.
The aggressors in this war are Democrats, liberals and leftists,”
Horowitz wrote. The “initiators” in Horowitz’ war are Al Gore
and Jimmy Carter.
fellow FrontPage contributor Rocco DiPippo, at his
blog, took it from there, issuing “a call to the blogosphere
to begin finding and publicly listing the addresses of all
New York Times reporters and editors.”
slavering readers did just that, and DiPippo vomited forth
the locations of Times editor Arthur O. Sulzberger and Linda
J. Spillers, the photographer that took pictures of Rumsfeld’s
place for the article.
inevitably, a liberal blogger responded to DiPippo’s “campaign
to hold the New York Times's staff accountable for
its treasonous and irresponsible actions in this time of war”
by publishing his personal information (337 Water Street,
Warren, RI, 02885; 401-569-6245), he commented that he “expect[s]
this sort of behavior”—precisely the behavior he engaged
in—“from the lunatic Left.”
and his fellow FrontPage fascists are some of the worst scumbags
to befoul politics today. Their appeals to nationalist loyalty
and bullying attacks on dissenters are truly un-American,
and I mean it when I say that I’ll gladly publish his home
address, phone number and cell phone coordinates if anyone
can provide me with them. I want him to know what it’s like
to be targeted and intimidated. I want him to piss his pants
with fear every time he walks from his house to his car. Maybe
then he would gain a little perspective; maybe he’d see what’s
wrong with his little pogrom against freedom of the press.
Probably not, but either way I’d like to see it.
these people are not alone. There are a lot of them, crying
out with unnerving bloodlust for journalists to be punished,
and severely, for daring to question the almighty leader.
Most reasonable people don’t want to deal with them, of course.
But they need to be engaged and shouted down, because the
quieter and more timid we are, the louder and stronger they
New York Times is just a symbol to these people: a symbol
of their ultimate enemy, the free press. It’s just too dangerous
to tolerate “in this time of war,” so it’ll just have to go.
Where have I heard this before? Democracy depends on
a free, independent press—it is absolutely essential to maintaining
a free country. And the conservatives are, putting it mildly,
against the idea.
is right; there is a war going on in this country.
A war between people who actually believe in freedom, and
people who would have their own countrymen jailed or killed
for violating their precious ignorance. And the way things
look today, with a mainstream bore like the New York Times
on the chopping block, I’m not feeling very confident about