New York Times Appreciation Day

I know a lot of people will be outraged by The New York Times‘ revelation today that the United States is expanding its clandestine military activity to disrupt militant groups in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Somalia. But I say all the outrage is misplaced. If you read the article closely, you’ll see that they’ve revealed nothing that isn’t absolutely obvious. I mean, if we’re not doing that, someone should be fired, yesterday. In fact, that has to be one of the top-ten most boring leaks of secret military information I’ve ever read.

I was a lot more surprised by the Souping up Spring Vegetables article. Did you all know that soup’s not just a winter food? Bravo to the Times for publishing that weird recipe involving asparagus, green garlic and eggs. All too easy to dismiss the sound of that one as simultaneously effete and nasty, so give them credit for bravery. It can’t have been an easy call in the newsroom.

I must admit, that article really challenged a lot of my assumptions about soup.

  1. Denise Moss
    C

    From said article:

    “While the Bush administration had approved some clandestine military activities far from designated war zones, the new order is intended to make such efforts more systematic and long term, officials said.”

    I just love the NYT spin on this one. So if you’re a lib you read this as: Bush didn’t do enough and Obama’s doing it right. Imagine the left’s outrage if it read like this:

    “While the Obama administration had approved some clandestine military activities far from the designated war zones, the new Bush order is intended to make such efforts more systematic and long term.”

  2. F. L. Booth

    Denise.. So true, just spot on.

    One would hope that the blindness that allows the situational political ethics that represents would be limited to the left. Not sure if there are any Bush era programs that Obama promised to end that haven’t been expanded, yet alone not ended.

    We don’t seem to see much about that..in MSM

  3. Malcolm Mead

    “Europeans Fear Crisis Threatens Liberal Benefits.” Imagine how hard it was for them to print this little gem.

    Dont be so hard on the poor fellas over there at the park avenue daily worker. they havent made news since spiderman climbed the walls of the new global headquarters. Their time is finite as their audience is disappearing to the web.

    Who will replace them when we dont have the old grey lady to kick around anymore? Its bad enough we are runnning out of Kennedys to shout at on the evening news…

  4. Brian

    Yes, it must be so hard to sit around and try to justify the expansion of so many of Bush’s “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity.”

    That the NYT still has a seat at anyone’s table is becoming ridiculous. We should not ascribe to the leftist justification of authority being “since you once had it, you now have it.” Isn’t this the same thinking exposed in the climate gate crisis? If the “experts” deem you an “expert” then you are allowed to speak on the matter, otherwise you are discredited.

    If the NYT can’t be bought by the likes of Murdoch while they are endlessly financed by Carlos Slim, it’s time they are shunned from the limelight.

  5. Brian

    And Claire, how right you are about Souping up Spring Vegetables. Such bravado supported by a nauseating, yet strangely appealing, photo. Perhaps the Health editorial staff should be handed the keys to the place.

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