Skip to comments.Times Public Editor Tries to Rationalize Paper’s Use of “Terrorist” Label
Posted on 12/15/2008 12:45:36 PM PST by AIM Freeper
An article in yesterdays New York Times by Public Editor Clark Hoyt, Separating the Terror and the Terrorists, is a nauseating example of the papers moral relativism applied to the war on terrorism.
Hoyt tries to rationalize The Times reluctance to apply the terrorist label to people who take hostages, blow up bystanders and shoot 5-year-old girls in their beds. Hoyt admits The Times is sparing in its use of terrorist when reporting on Palestinian atrocities.
In an effort to be even-handed, the paper has decided to call the murder of Jews inside the 1948 boundaries of Israel terrorist, but not the murder of Jews in the territory Israel acquired in 1967.
Hoyt also explains, The Times does not call Hamas a terrorist organization, though it sponsors acts of terror against Israel, because Hamas was elected to govern Gaza. And it provides social services and operates charities, hospitals, and clinics.
The National Socialists were elected to govern Germany. Does that mean the Holocaust wasnt a crime against humanity? If Al-Qaeda ran hospitals and clinics, would that make it something other than a terrorist gang?
If you cant call someone who kills a five-year-old girl to advance a political cause a terrorist, how do you describe them - as an overly enthusiastic partisan, a misguided freedom-fighter or an unfortunate individual who was driven to acts of desperation?
What Hoyt doesnt tell us is that while The Times may be appalled by terrorists acts, it frequently agrees with their goals.
Like Al-Qaeda, it believes there should be no U.S. presence in the Middle East. Like Hamas, it believes Israel is illegally occupying Palestinian land. Like jihadists around the world, it believes we brought 9/11 on ourselves by our arrogance and cultural insensitivity, and an imperialist foreign policy.
Some acts of terrorism are committed with bombs and bullets, others with newsprint and ink.
NYT is a terrorist organization so I don’t find this article at all surprising.
They support Communists who waged war inside the US during the Vietnam War and for years afterwards. Either that means they support acts of treason or believe that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.
They are decided pro-Weather Underground and decidedly anti-American.
Anyone still wonder why the Times enjoys junk bond status!
“NYT is a terrorist organization so I dont find this article at all surprising.”
I don’t think the NY Slimes is a terrorist organization. I think the NY Slimes is the excrement that comes from a terrorist who ate bad goat.
I'd like to stick the modifier "intentionally" in there. Without the modifier, the point applies equally well to us. The USA kills five-year old girls all the time, often because the bad guys intentionally hide behind her.
But we DON'T kill little girls on purpose. In fact, we go to extraordinary lengths to avoid killing them, and all other non-combatants. There is a significant moral distinction there, although the little girls are unfortunately just as dead either way.
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