Quitting the New York Times
I have grown up with the New York Times. From whatever grade it was that I could understand the larger words and began to recognize the names and locations of other countries in the world, I have been a reader of the NYT. At a Greenwich Village Halloween shindig in the early 80’s I wore a “Sunday Morning” costume consisting of a bathrobe, a bagel and the Sunday NYT crossword. The NYT is so inhered in my weekend ritual that I cannot take a sip of coffee before holding the NYT front page open for review.
That is now over as I cancelled my subscription last night. The reason was its divulging of the government’s bank-data program that the NYT acknowledged was a rousing success and legal. Despite the interest such a report may generate, the downside was tipping off Islamic terrorists. And that endangers me, my family and my fellow Americans.
That the NYT is a voice for the Left never swayed my allegiance, attention and money. Much like citizens of the Soviet Union learned to interpret Pravda, I would read between the lines to reconfigure distortions and cull the truth in a report. The internet now provides us all a means to disprove many of the false assertions. I was also able to locate subtle, pro-big- government, socialist shadings in their economic reporting. I found it to be an intellectual game.
While the social and economic policies the NYT supports lead to increased unemployment, decreased opportunity, fatherless children, reduced economic production and all sorts of other harms to the very people they seek to benefit, at least these programs would be decided largely through legislative debate where public opinion would have access to all sides and projections. Even a good faith disagreement on foreign policy is a must in an open democracy. Well-stated reasoning in any disagreement is a necessity for better judgment of the polity.
I could also ignore its anti-Israel reporting as it provides an example of the moral equivalence philosophy in all of its vacuity. I considered its Middle East reporting as a natural progression of its earlier reporting on Stalinist Soviet Union and other socialist havens over the decades. While these examples persuade the unknowing, it also allows us to prove the fallacy of their arguments.
However, in this war instituted by Islamic Fascists, the NYT reporting has gone beyond anti-Bush bias. It has imperiled our nation to such a degree that I cannot provide further financial support to it. Maybe another weekend subscription loss of $3 per week is minor. I suspect this week we will see a report of considerable lost readership. And it is sad that the opponents of conservatism lose their most ardent yet articulate voice. Because that means what is left are the Murthas, the Moores and the Koskids. All positions in the national debate deserve strenuous, reasonable proponents. When a side of an argument loses its rational voice, the public loses out in the end.