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FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | Thursday, May 15, 2003 | By Ann Coulter

Posted on 05/14/2003 10:58:06 PM PDT by JohnHuang2

The Old Gray Liar
By Ann Coulter
FrontPageMagazine.com | May 15, 2003


The New York Times is to be commended for ferreting out Jayson Blair, the reporter recently discovered making up facts, plagiarizing other news organizations and lying about nonexistent trips and interviews. A newspaper that employs Maureen Dowd can't have had an easy time settling on Blair as the scapegoat. Blair's record of inaccuracies, lies and distortions made him a candidate for either immediate dismissal or his own regular column on the op-ed page.

The editors have set up a special e-mail address for readers to report falsehoods they discover in Jayson Blair articles. OK, but how about setting up one for Paul Krugman? They ought to claim all those front-page articles predicting a "quagmire" in Iraq were also written by Blair.

The Times has now willingly abandoned its mantle as the "newspaper of record," leapfrogging its impending technological obsolescence. It was already up against the Internet and Lexis-Nexis as a research tool. All the Times had left was its reputation for accuracy.

As this episode shows, the Times is not even attempting to preserve a reliable record of events. Instead of being a record of history, the Times is merely a "record" of what liberals would like history to be – the Pentagon in crisis, the war going badly, global warming melting the North Pole, and protests roiling Augusta National Golf Club. Publisher Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger has turned the paper into a sort of bulletin board for Manhattan liberals.

In the Soviet-style reporting preferred at the Times, its self-investigation of the Blair scandal included copious denials that race had anything to do with it:

Did Blair write that? If the Times "diversity" program refused to consider Blair's race, then it wasn't much of a diversity program, now was it? This is like job advertisements that proclaim: "Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer." Well, which is it?

In one of several feverish editorials supporting the University of Michigan's race-based admissions program, the Times denounced the Bush administration for imagining "that diversity can be achieved without explicitly taking race into account." Any diversity program that failed to do so, the Times lectured, was "necessarily flawed." But then it gets caught publishing Jayson Blair and the Times demurely insists that its own affirmative action program scrupulously ignored race.

The Times not only expressly took race into account, but also put Blair's race above everything – accuracy, credibility and the paper's reputation. It hired a kid barely out of college. In fact, it turns out he was not yet out of college. He had no professional journalistic experience, except at the Times. He screwed up over and over again and the paper had to print 50 corrections to articles he'd written.

Despite all this, Blair was repeatedly published on the front page, promoted and sent love notes from the editor in chief, Howell Raines. Ignoring the warnings of a few intrepid whistleblowers, top management kept assigning Blair to bigger stories in new departments without alerting the editors to Blair's history because – as Raines said – it would "stigmatize" him. (After this scandal, does the demand for black heart surgeons go up or down?) Raines jettisoned the Times' famous slogan, "All the News That's Fit to Print," preferring the slogan: "The New York Times: Now With Even More Black People!"

If mismanagement at Enron had been this clear-cut, the Times would be demanding the death penalty for Ken Lay. Indeed, taking a page from all corporate scandals, the Times insists that the organization is fine; it was just one bad apple. As I recall, the Times editorial page did not accept that explanation when Merrill Lynch said it about Henry Blodget.

Raines' behavior is far worse than the corporate chieftains. He clearly bears the most responsibility for this fiasco, but when disaster strikes ... he blames the black kid! So far, Raines' response has been basically to say: "You try to help these people ..." (Raines' other great contribution to race relations was his unintentionally comical magazine piece about his black maid, "Grady's Gift.")

Put aside whether race should be used as a hiring criterion. Even people who support affirmative action don't have to support Raines' approach of refusing to hold blacks responsible for anything, from fake reporting to gang-raping a jogger in Central Park. What Raines did to Blair was cruel.

Think of it in a nonracial context: Suppose the owner of a big company sends his kid to learn the business and tells low-level managers to treat him just like anyone else. The managers curry favor with the boss by reporting that his son is doing great and is a natural genius for this business. So the kid keeps getting praised and promoted, until one day he is actually put in charge of something he has no ability to run. That is cruel. And it's the story of Pinch Sulzberger, isn't it?



TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anncoulter; falsification; howellraines; jaysonblair; mediafraud; medialies; newyorktimes; nyt; plagiarism; thenewyorktimes
Thursday, May 15, 2003

Quote of the Day by Ed_in_NJ

1 posted on 05/14/2003 10:58:06 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: xm177e2; mercy; Wait4Truth; hole_n_one; GretchenEE; Clinton's a rapist; buffyt; ladyinred; Angel; ..

Ann Coulter MEGA PING!!


2 posted on 05/14/2003 10:59:15 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Thanks for the heads up!
3 posted on 05/14/2003 11:06:08 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: JohnHuang2
Good story this week...
4 posted on 05/14/2003 11:07:57 PM PDT by TLBSHOW (the gift is to see the truth)
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To: JohnHuang2
Evenin'/Mornin' JH2. Great article by Ann Coulter. There was too much screaming on Hannity and Idiot tonight to understand what she was saying. Even close captioning didn't pick up the dialogue.

Now we have you to thank for presenting the real story. :)

5 posted on 05/14/2003 11:12:52 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: JohnHuang2
For such a fine, well proportioned and stylin' lady, Ann certainly wears a pair of size 16 EEE kick-ass shoes.
6 posted on 05/14/2003 11:14:40 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Defund NPR, PBS and the LSC.)
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To: JohnHuang2

7 posted on 05/14/2003 11:17:39 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave
AWESOME graphic!!!
8 posted on 05/14/2003 11:21:05 PM PDT by byteback
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To: JohnHuang2
Oops.
9 posted on 05/14/2003 11:25:16 PM PDT by TomServo (Bring Back Illbay!!!)
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To: byteback
Thanks I borrowed it from a couple of threads. It says it all re these threads about the NY Slimes.
10 posted on 05/14/2003 11:38:18 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: JohnHuang2
Love this...


11 posted on 05/15/2003 1:01:36 AM PDT by SkyPilot (CNN- the "Al Jazeera" of the West)
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To: JohnHuang2
The editors have set up a special e-mail address for readers to report falsehoods they discover in Jayson Blair articles. OK, but how about setting up one for Paul Krugman?

Or Adam Clymer.

12 posted on 05/15/2003 1:07:51 AM PDT by Roscoe
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To: JohnHuang2; TomServo
Does anyone know how to get the attention of Ann Coulter concerning certain practices over at at her web site?
13 posted on 05/15/2003 1:50:16 AM PDT by Radix (I am just curious.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Q ERTY8 "All the News That's Print to Fit"BUMP

 


CNNs of Commission, Rapist Demagogues and 9/11


the movie


The REAL "Living History" -- clintoplasmodial slime


Personal Agitprop-and-Money-Laundering Machine, Cozy-clintonoid-Interviews-of-the-Colmes-Kind-Scheme
Bury
REAL "Living History"

Democratic Party's Problem Transcends Its Anti-War Contingent
 

Mrs. clinton's REAL virtual office update

14 posted on 05/15/2003 3:55:19 AM PDT by Mia T (SCUM (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations))
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To: JohnHuang2
BUMP
15 posted on 05/15/2003 4:10:06 AM PDT by RippleFire
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To: JohnHuang2

 

(After this scandal, does the demand for black heart surgeons go up or down?)

The Old Gray Liar, Ann Coulter
FrontPageMagazine.com | May 15, 2003

I had asked myself this very question when the story broke. My answer was, "Neither. It stays the same."

For those of us whose decisions are already consistent with the understanding that affirmative action, by definition, lowers standards for blacks, there is no change.

For those like Pinch and Co., this scandal demonstrates with both clarity and irony that a liberal's a$$ will trump pc poses, noxious nostrums and Southern/Jewish guilt every Times. (Alternatively, I argue: "What heart?")


16 posted on 05/15/2003 4:47:24 AM PDT by Mia T (SCUM (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations))
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To: Grampa Dave

17 posted on 05/15/2003 4:56:41 AM PDT by ventana
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To: JohnHuang2
Why doesn't Howell Raines resign? At any other paper he'd be toast.

I just love watching the NYT sink lower and lower. :))

18 posted on 05/15/2003 6:07:45 AM PDT by veronica (God bless our troops...)
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To: JohnHuang2

19 posted on 05/15/2003 6:12:16 AM PDT by Nick Danger (The liberals are slaughtering themselves at the gates of the newsroom)
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To: JohnHuang2
What Raines did to Blair was cruel.

Blair deserved it. Past Holds Little Explanation for The Meteoric Fall Of Jayson Blair .

20 posted on 05/15/2003 6:14:43 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: ventana
Slimes Reporters going into Circle Jerk Meeting!


21 posted on 05/15/2003 6:42:57 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Has The NY Slimes ever printed the truth in your life time?)
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To: Nick Danger
Thanks this is great. This a double whacker to the heads of CNN and the NY Slimes!


22 posted on 05/15/2003 6:45:41 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Has The NY Slimes ever printed the truth in your life time?)
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To: JohnHuang2
Instead of being a record of history, the Times is merely a "record" of what liberals would like history to be...

The whole story, in one succinct line.

23 posted on 05/15/2003 8:28:07 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves
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To: aristeides
Sounds like a grade-A bull$#it artist. He presented himself as the perfect diversity kiss-up hire, and the Times just ate it up. Then his classmates and colleagues admit he had a low character, yet are "amazed" when he's discovered acting amorally. People are ignorant. It's a damn shame most people today haven't been given a basic education in morality.
24 posted on 05/15/2003 12:09:32 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: Nick Danger
L-O-L!!!!

GREAT Graphic! Thanks for posting it!
25 posted on 05/15/2003 1:55:55 PM PDT by Publicus (Come November, We'll Remember)
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To: stands2reason; Bonaparte; PJ-Comix; Doctor Raoul
Boston Globe Spiked Column That Spanked Raines, Say Scribes.
26 posted on 05/15/2003 2:58:13 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; Miss Marple; Tamsey; ...

Schadenfreude

This is the New York Times Schadenfreude Ping List. Freepmail me to be added or dropped.


27 posted on 05/15/2003 5:50:07 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: JohnHuang2
All are invited to join the search for new NY Times slogan-

The top 30 Proposed so far:

1) ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO PRINT--NOT

2) LOTS OF NEWS THAT'S NOT FIT TO PRINT

3) ALL THE NEWS WE PRINT ISN'T FIT

4) All the Fits That's News to Print

5) All the News That We See Fit to Print

6) All the News As We See It

7) All the News, Fact or Better, Fiction

8) All the News, Well At Least Close

9) All the News That We Can Dream Up

10) All The News We Can Crib From Others

11) Some News, Some Fiction, You Figure It Out

12) All The News We Can Dream Up or Steal

13) All the News That's Fit to Print and Is Cleared by Our Lawyers

14) Lots of News We've Stolen From Other Papers

15) All the News Fit for a Plagiarist

16) All News Only a Plagiarist Can Love

17) All The News, Just Don't Check the Sources

18) All the News, Trust Us--Honest

19) All the News Bringing Fiction to Life

20) All News, No Credibility

21) All the lies we'll fit to print.

22) Face it, We Just Like to Print!

23) Aside from the pervasive Marxist bias, multitudinous errors and mis-information, and Anti-capitalist/anti-American posturing, we ain’t that bad!"

24) "All The News That Fits Our Views."

25) All The News That’s Fit to Print, Except For the Stuff We Make Up

26) All the News And Then the Part We Make Up

27) Some Facts, the Rest Fiction

28) Reporting Fiction Stranger than Fact

29) Reporting Facts And Stranger Fiction

30) When It's Raines, It Bores




28 posted on 05/15/2003 6:23:10 PM PDT by tvn
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To: JohnHuang2
bump
29 posted on 05/15/2003 9:01:01 PM PDT by GOPJ
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