Sunday, September 14, 2008

New York Times in Glass House Throwing Stones

Last night Mark Hemingway over at National Review Online linked to an article the New York Times has published today claiming that Gov. Palin rewards her friends and punishes her enemies.

Beyond the fact that is what the party system is all about (winners choose mostly people from their own party who agree with them to fill appointive positions), it’s a strange charge coming from the New York Times.

A Rasmussen poll this year found that only 24% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the New York Times and 66% thought it was trying to hurt John McCain with an article about McCain’s supposed ties to lobbyists.

A Rasmussen Reports survey earlier this year found that just 24% of American voters have a favorable opinion of the New York Times. The paper’s ratings divided sharply along partisan and ideological lines, with liberals far more supportive of the paper than conservatives.

At the time of that survey, the paper was being criticized for an article it had run about McCain’s ties to lobbyists. Sixty-six percent (66%) of those who were aware of the story in question believed it was an attempt by the New York Times to hurt the McCain campaign.

Sheesh, you’d think Palin thought she was the NYT or something treating friends differently than enemies.

What’s really strange is that Palin has an 80% approval rating in Alaska. If only 20% are miffed, Sarah must have a huge base of friends to pick from and not too many enemies being cold shouldered.

You can read the NYT article here and Jennifer Rubin’s masterful debunking of it here.

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