Thursday, October 06, 2005

The NY Times Finally Catches Up

A few weeks late, the New York Times finally published a story regarding the Democrats' credit report fraud scandal. Better late than never, right? Well, not exactly. The story published by the Times runs on page 20 and is packaged as an election piece, rather than a crime or scandal piece. It opens as follows:
National Republicans, who face an uphill battle in their efforts to capture the open United States Senate seat in heavily Democratic Maryland next year, are trying to exploit potential legal problems that Democrats are now suddenly facing in that race.

I bet you can't wait to read on after that hook. But that's the idea, sell the article as another boring election piece and bury the facts deep within the story so that no one ever finds them. For example, we don't even discover that there is an ongoing criminal investigation until the 7th paragraph. But when the Times finally ran a piece on the DSCC scandal, you had to expect them to cover for their Democrat friends.

As usual, Michelle Malkin was right on task:
The article fails to mention former DSCC research director Katie Barge's previous employment by the left-wing opposition research outfit, Media Matters.

The article fails to mention exactly how Barge and underling Lauren Weiner obtained Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's credit report--by abusing his Social Security number in order to obtain the report under false premises.

The article fails to mention that Barge and Weiner's employer, Sen. Charles Schumer, has ironically fashioned himself a champion of privacy and defender against identity theft. See this Newsday article for the angle the Times refused to print.

And the article fails to mention who's picking up the tab for Barge and Weiner's legal bills.

But there's no biased reporting going on here. One wonders how many key facts you can conveniently leave out of a story before it becomes a different story altogether.

Perhaps I'm being harsh, but Matthew Hoy's dissection of the Times' story argues that I'm not.

This story is a perfect example of MSM bias hard at work, and if you're looking for a case study on Agenda Journalism, you couldn't find a better source. Read the NY Times' piece, Hoy's dissection of it, and then the Newsday article that Malkin links to in the quote above. Once you finish, the truth should be glaringly evident.