Over at Just One Minute, Tom Maguire (who accused me elsewhere of “hammering” Andrew Sullivan!) takes the New York Times editors to task for a disingenuous editorial this morning on the latest revelations in the investigation of former Vice-Presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Be sure to read the whole thing because Tom does a great job of showing the paper’s ignorance (or perhaps I should say misrepresentation) of this whole kerfuffle.
Something else struck me about the editorial. Times’ editors write:
A year ago, Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called it “a monumental waste of time” to consider whether the White House manipulated intelligence to exaggerate the threat posed by Saddam Hussein.
Meanwhile, the evidence has steadily mounted that President Bush and his team not only did that before the war, but kept right on doing it after the invasion.
If your sources are left-wing blogs and Bush-hating politicians, you might accumulate a number of sources contending that the President “and his team” manipulated intelligence, but if you study the facts of the matter — and the various reports which have been issued, you will find that no such evidence exists. To be sure, investigations are ongoing, but those that have been completed have not provided any evidence to buttress the Times’ claim.
It is an article of faith among Bush-haters that he’s a dishonest, deceitful man out to smear his critics and push his policies in order to benefit himself and his cronies. It’s unfortunate that a once-respectable newspaper is peddling (at least part of) this mean-spirited (& false) dogma.
No wonder many who once read the paper (like yours truly) are becoming increasingly skeptical of its content. A good editorial page should make its case such that those who disagree at least acknowledge the merits of it the paper’s arguments. I, for one, simply cannot take seriously a paper which issues innuendo in its editorials and misrepresents the story on which it is commenting.
We need a serious debate in this country. Democrats and their allies in the MSM have every right to criticize the president (and his policies). But, when they do so, the should stick to the facts as they are and not as they want them to be. A number of panels and individuals (including a special prosecutor) have investigated this matter. Even though they have reached conclusions which differ from those the Times‘ editors and others on the Left anticipated, those conclusions are no less newsworthy. So convinced are they of president’s perniciousnes that they ignore conclusions which contradict their convictions.
More and more it seems, New York Times editors (and writers) like many on the unhinged left, seem to be living in a fantasy world where every accusation against the president is true because they want it to be so.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com