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NYT: Rightwing Attack Machine And Palin

From the New York Times:

Blogtalk: Pregnant Pause

By Kate Phillips

ST. PAUL — Conservative bloggers struck back today at their left-leaning Web counterparts, blaming them for forcing the family of John McCain’s vice-presidential choice, Gov. Sarah Palin, to release the news that their teenage daughter was pregnant. But right-leaning bloggers also used the megaphones of their Web sites to tout the idea — just as Republicans here at the convention site were doing — that a teenager giving birth and keeping the baby — reinforced their anti-abortion, family beliefs. And they seized the news today to attack Senator Barack Obama on his abortion rights views.

For several days, rumors had swirled around on the Internet -– including links on highly trafficked Web sites to speculative, accusatory posts — about whether the Palins’ youngest son Trig was actually their grandson. This morning, the campaign released a statement from Governor Palin and her husband that their oldest daughter, Bristol, who is unmarried, was pregnant.

On the one hand, conservative bloggers and Republicans alike tried to put a positive “pro-life” spin on the startling news, highlighting the fact that the 17-year-old Ms. Palin intended to keep the baby and marry the young father. At HotAir, conservative blogger Michelle Malkin’s headline blared: “Bristol Palin Chooses Life. Now Leave Her Alone.”

Supporters coupled this decision with the one made by Ms. Palin’s parents not to terminate the pregnancy that resulted in the birth of Trig, who has Down syndrome, earlier this year. Anti-abortion activists and religious conservatives have cited that facet of Governor Palin’s maternal life as reassuring evidence that she embraces their views, even if today’s news about her daughter served yet again to reveal how much they don’t know about Mr. McCain’s running mate

This is a textbook example of everything that is wrong with the New York Times. (Complete with an overly cutesy headline.)

The opening paragraphs of the piece portrays conservative bloggers as attack dogs while ignoring the seminal role of the left blogs and mainstream media in creating and peddling their disgusting smears against Mrs. Palin and her daughter in the first place.  

For several days, rumors had swirled around on the Internet -– including links on highly trafficked Web sites to speculative, accusatory posts — about whether the Palins’ youngest son Trig was actually their grandson.

You see, these rumors just “swirled around.” They weren’t invented out of whole cloth by a sociopath at the Daily Kos and then gleefully promulgated by Democrat Underground, Andrew Sullivan and the rest of the psychotic left and their mainstream media minions.

The rumors just happened.

The rest of the article describes how the venal rightwing attack machine is trying to spin this unfortunate incident to make political points.

But what can you expect from the New York Times?

And you have to hand it to them. They do put party above profits.

Unfortunately they also put party far above the truth.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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