Jewish World Review June 21, 2004 / 2 Tamuz, 5764
The worst of Times
Radical conservatism? Reagan was a Barry Goldwater clone? According to R.W. Apple, the Times associate editor who wrote the piece, he was indeed. And so another example of how The Times itself has become radicalized is in the books.
Somewhere along the line, The Times got out of the news business and into the nation building business. Its primary intent is no longer to provide objective information and fair-minded analysis to its readers, but to convince them to support a brave new world in the U.S. The power of The Times is being used to promote the formation of a new America, a bright, shining progressive city on a hill of steep government entitlements.
Why should you care what an individual newspaper does? Even with a circulation of more than a million, most Americans don't read The Times. But consider this: Every morning, the powerful barons and anchor people who run the network TV news operations read The Times first thing. They often take editorial direction from the paper, sometimes duplicating story selection and even point of view. All-news radio does the same thing, and The Times' wire goes out to thousands of newspapers across the country and around the world. This is one extremely powerful outfit.
The transformation of The Times from news source to ideological journal has taken years. The absurdity of labeling Reagan a far-right radical is just the latest in a long line of over-the-top reportage. Two further recent examples:
In the world of The Times, Americans like Reagan who want a smaller federal government are radicals. Those who believe symbols of Judeo-Christian philosophy should be freely exhibited in public are fundamentalists. If you oppose abortion, you are anti-woman. If you're against gay marriage, you are, quite possibly, homophobic.
As the Blues Brothers once remarked: "We're on a mission from G-d." The Times, of course, would remove G-d from that quotation. The paper is definitely on a mission, and the gloves are off. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger and his tribe want a secular nation with few judgments on personal behavior, income redistribution through taxation of the affluent and a foreign policy that seeks consensus at almost all costs.
That's the sign of The Times today. And G-d (sorry) help you if you stand in its way.
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