12 April 2005

It's not the crime, it's the coverup

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On March 24, former Congressman Bob Livingston was sent an e-mail by a New York Times editorial page staffer suggesting he write an op-ed essay. Would Livingston, who in 1998 gave up certain elevation to be House speaker because of a sexual affair, write about how Majority Leader Tom DeLay should now act under fire? In a subsequent conversation, it was made clear the Times wanted the prominent Republican to say DeLay should step aside for the good of the party.

Livingston in effect declined by responding that if he wrote anything for the Times, it would be pro-DeLay. But this remarkable case of that august newspaper fishing for an op-ed piece makes it appear part of a calculated campaign to bring down the single most powerful Republican in Congress. The Democratic establishment and left-wing activists have targeted DeLay as the way to end a decade of Republican control of the House.

I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it’s yet one more indication of the strong political bias that operates at the NY Times. On the other, it is the opinion page, why shouldn’t its proprietors look for opinions that are in agreement with theirs? I suppose it comes down to whether the NY Times is still pretending to be a non-partisan source of opinions as well as news.

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