Friday, September 15, 2006

What "Liberal Media"? A Decade Later, In An Unrelated News Story, New York Times Won't Let Clinton Forget Lewinsky

The New York Times has long been lambasted by fact-challenged conservatives as the nexus of the "liberal" media. But those able to look past the blind stereotyping would likely agree with this assessment from The Daily Howler:

"Celia Dugger writes a long, intriguing, front-page report about Bill Clinton’s work on AIDS in Africa. She considers Clinton’s record as president — and his work on the issue in the years that have followed. Clinton “plays a unique role in shining a light on the problem,” Bill Gates says at one point in the piece. But omigod! Early on, Dugger can’t help herself. Early in an informative piece, Dugger is found typing this:

DUGGER (8/29/06): [O]n this trip, Mr. Clinton seemed anything but a man tormented by guilt. Rather, he reveled in his role as a private citizen championing people with AIDS.

''The reason I do this work I do is that I really care about politics and people and public policy,'' he said in one of several interviews, scornfully dismissing questions about whether his global AIDS work is a form of redemption for what he failed to accomplish on the issue as president, or for the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Clinton was busting his ass about AIDS. But to Dugger, the question just had to be asked. What did all this say about Monica? Can’t we get back to The Girl?

But then, for the empty souls of our mainstream press corps, it has always been All About Monica."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Compare the amount of liberals on the op-ed pages to the amount of conservatives and anyone can figure out that the NY Times leans way left.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

There's a difference between the news pages and editorial pages.


9:18 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

The Monica Lewinsky-Clinton affair
was a non-story from the very beginning. Its only "news value" was to give the MSM an excuse to enable a blatantly hypocritical right-wing smear machine and to inject pornography onto the front pages.
We seldom hear of White House mistresses of several past presidents, including Eisenhower and Kennedy who had served during a time when the MSM had enough decency to keep personal matters private, and at a time when the public was more concerned about real-life accomplishments of their leaders on their behalf over irrelevant, rabid attack dog politics.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

I disagree, TWOT.

The story had value at the time. Clinton made a mistake, and then compounded that mistake by lying under oath. In fact, I wouldn't have been against Clinton being censured in some sort of non-binding Congressional resolution.

What is bothersome, though, is that while Clinton continues to get reminded of Monica, especially from the conservative noise machine, Bush is blameless, guiltless, and fascinatingly always right. No matter what goes wrong, no matter how many times he flip-flops or contradicts himself, no matter how many times administration policies fail miserably, there's no blaming Bush.

During the Monicagate, several Democrats were out there saying Clinton had done wrong. A majority of Americans thought Clinton had done wrong, even though they still thought he was a good president overall.

It'd be nice if conservatives were to have a similar reality check now. McCain is the anti-Christ on conservative radio, because he won't allow the U.S. to torture detainees. That's hardly a referendum against this failed presidency.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Bitwit1234 said...

Shameful and yet, and yet, here we have the weasel bush who started a war based on lies, let the people in Katrina drown, and the press gives him a pass.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous MookieWilson said...

I thought that was a bit weird too.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm assuming some editor asked the reporter to raise the issue, lest the times be accused of liberal media bias.

or it might just be pavlovian -- mention clinton positively, must mention something negative, like monica, to keep the story "fair and balanced."

11:24 AM  
Anonymous electprogdems said...

and yet they refuse to investigage gannon/guckert


And is current dem leadership paying attention? FIGHT BACK!

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush let the people of Katrina down? I think their own govt in Louisiana did that. Why cant you tell it like it is. Can you imagine what you libs would be saying if Bush went over the head of a female Gov and a black mayor? And Dave you are right. There is a difference between news and op-ed pages. The news page of the Slimes are 100% liberal. And 10 years later the Slimes is showing you just what Klinton's legacy is. The Lewinsky.

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

The news page of the Slimes are 100% liberal. And 10 years later the Slimes is showing you just what Klinton's legacy is. The Lewinsky.

The story was not in the op-eds, it was in the regular news pages. The news page is not 100% liberal, or whatever the hell you said. Were you hatched from an egg?

2:50 PM  

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