The New York Times

I have a soft spot for journalists, true nostalgia for print media (well, I have true nostalgia for a great many things), and a new t-shirt that I’m not sure where to wear.  You see, it’s political, and therefore offensive to some.

I read the New York Times on Sunday.  In the 14 September 2008 print edition, there was a very comprehensive page one story about Sarah Palin.  I thought it was well-researched and fair.  Only one comment struck me as snarky (below in bold):

The Wasilla High School yearbook archive now doubles as a veritable directory of state government. Ms. Palin appointed Mr. Bitney, her former junior high school band-mate, as her legislative director and chose another classmate, Joe Austerman, to manage the economic development office for $82,908 a year. Mr. Austerman had established an Alaska franchise for Mailboxes Etc.

I suppose there was never really a ‘good ole days’ when journalism was completely objective. Can anyone be truly objective? It’s difficult. But when I mentioned this New York Times article about Sara Palin to an educated acquaintance, he derided the paper as a completely unreliable source of information.

Excuse me?  The authors of the Palin article say they interviewed “60 Republican and Democratic legislators and local officials.”  But to Palin supporters, the article is skewed.

Nowadays, we choose our media outlets carefully.  We’re mindful that they’re owned by large corporations (who like anyone else, tend to be self-interested).  But relief is in sight: Sean Hannity is interviewing Sarah Palin at 9pm eastern today!

UPDATE: Here’s one of the best political blog posts I’ve seen to date, courtesy of the brilliant LeahPeah.

Just when you thought this post indicated my Sarah obsession was subsiding just a wee bit — Donald Craig Mitchell: This Week’s Palin Primer from Alaska: Bristol and Levi, Earmarks, Troopergate, More

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4 Responses to “The New York Times”

  1. Stéphane Kardos Says:

    Thanks for your kind words on my blog, I really appreciate 🙂 I’m glad you like my work.

  2. Laurie Says:

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog today! How have I missed yours? You’re a wonderful writer — though curses to you for making me get caught up in the Sarah Palin/Bristol Palin pregnancy questions again.

    I must check out your archives — but I’m going to avoid too much political subject matter. I’ve blown all my political sparkplugs already on this election and I’m in need of some “LOL Cats!” kind of stuff until I get my batteries charged again.

    BTW, I enjoyed the link to Leah’s blog, too. SO many cool women blogging — I need more time to check everybody out.

    Oh, and a big thank you for adding me to your blogroll, my good woman! I’m returning the favor post haste! (I think that was an unintentional blogging pun…)

  3. Miss Havisham Says:

    I had to get out of the car and run in to an internet cafe to say: Holy Cow! They are trying to kill us.

  4. The Real Zajac Says:

    There’s a difference between having a bias and being slanted.

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