The testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act is required for a certain infamous crime; we ask whether the subscribers to the NYT count as two witnesses. But that’s a theme that we don’t really want to pursue — too worn out. Indeed, we continue to get worn out following the depths that the Times continues to sink to. The latest outrage is the photo below from New York Times, via Powerline:
Assistant Managing Editor for Photography Michele McNally commented on this photo: A sniper loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada al Sadr fires towards U.S. positions in the cemetery in Najaf, Iraq……”Right there with the Mahdi army. Incredible courage.”
As awful as the photo is, Michele McNally is worse, for the photo appears to have been staged (see Jeff Goldstein). That means that Ms. McNally is admiring a put-up job, pure anti-American propaganda for the klieg lights and the Pulitzers. Her gushing emotion — for the photographer only — appears real, however.
What would the New York Times have been called if it employed a photographer to be stationed in a pillbox above Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, taking pictures of the Germans killing our boys in their LST’s and on the shores? What would be said if a New York Times department head praised the “incredible courage” of the photographer snapping photos of the enemy killing our soldiers? What would the FDR have done to the NYT? Absent that, what would have home-town America done with that newspaper and its executives?
In a bizarre editorial entitled The Real Agenda, the NYT today says that the war has been really about aggrandizing George Bush. Huh?
It is only now, nearly five years after Sept. 11, that the full picture of the Bush administration’s response to the terror attacks is becoming clear. Much of it, we can see now, had far less to do with fighting Osama bin Laden than with expanding presidential power.
You can agree or disagree with the policies of the Bush administration. Certainly there have been plenty to responsibly criticize. But when we read things like this, it becomes awfully hard to remember that there was a time when the NYT really was the newspaper of record in this country.