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The New York Times‘ sulfurous game of “Kill the witch”

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:29 am - October 19, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Media Bias

After Hillary Clinton withdrew from the race for the Democratic nomination, Maureen Dowd wrote in the New York Times:

It’s good news for Obama that Hillary’s out of the race. But it’s also bad news. Now Republicans can turn their full attention to demonizing Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama is the new, unwilling contestant in Round Two of the sulfurous national game of “Kill the witch.”

Perhaps, Dowd should be paying more attention to her editors and colleagues at the Times. It seems they’ve been playing their own sulfurous game.

First, it was a hit piece on Sarah Palin (leaving out the Alaska Governor’s accomplishments), an actual female candidate for public office. Now, they’ve chosen to demonize Cindy McCain. Their reporter Jodi Kantor even e-mailed (via Facebook) a friend of the McCains’ youngest daughter Bridget to ask her “advice” about covering Mrs. McCain.

Well, I guess a teenager could give a New York Times reporter some advice.  The article reads like opposition research on a candidate for public office.  And Mrs. McCain is not herself a candidate, just the spouse.  And the Times was once the paper of record, not the house organ of one candidate.

I wonder if Dowd has anything to say about her paper’s “unprecedented attack on a presidential candidate’s spouse.” Commenting on the Times article, McCain campaign blogger Michael Goldfarb writes:

The New York Times has stooped lower than this campaign ever imagined possible in an attempt to discredit a woman whose only apparent sin is being married to the man that would oppose that paper’s preferred candidate, Barack Obama, in his quest for the Presidency. It is a black mark on the record of a paper that was once widely respected, but is now little more than a propaganda organ for the Democratic party. The New York Times has accused John McCain of running a dishonorable campaign, but today it is plain to see where the real dishonor lies.

Kind of sounds like the way the Times covered Palin, paint a woman in the worst possible light, ignore her accomplishments, the good work she has done.  What does the paper have against Republican women? Maybe Maureen Dowd should look into this.

Words escape me. Editorialists fault Republicans for even mentioning the public statements of the wife of the Democratic nominee. And now, we’ve got a major daily assigning reporters to investigate the private life of the Republican nominee, even approaching her daughters’ friends.

Where’s the outrage? Where are all the liberal bloggers once aghast at Republicans for making an issue of Michelle Obama? Too busy snooping around the family of Sarah Palin?

Please find below the jump the full text of the letter of Cindy McCain’s lawyer to Bill Keller of the Times: (more…)