Thursday, February 8, 2007
A comment to the "Princess of San Francisco" post a few days ago proposing that the New York Times and the Washington Post are America's most reliable newspapers was probably a bit of a tease, but I always enjoy replying to reader ideas. "Reliable" ... hmmmmmm ... I doubt that. Let's turn to some facts. Bunkerman has a good memory. Remember Jayson Blair who plagiarized stories for the New York Times (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayson_Blair )? How about Janet Cooke, who won a Pulitzer Prize for fabricated stories for the Washington Post (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_Cooke )? The most notorious is Walter Duranty, an apologist / defender of Stalin (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Duranty ). Writing for the New York Times and winning the Pulizer Prize, he denied the Stalin-created famine in Ukraine that murdered millions and defended the famous show trials. My favorite book, "I Chose Freedom", by Victor Kravchenko, contains first hand experiences of that horrible period. Duranty appears to have been a racist in his denigrating view of Slavs. I think these counterexamples mean that the hypothesis that those two newspapers are "reliable" is false. QED.