Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Taranto Bowls a 300 With Smackdown of NYT, Krugboy

James Taranto grows in stature daily as he puts the Tucson hysteria in context:
The campaign of vilification against the right, led by the New York Times, is really about competition in the media industry--not commercial competition but competition for authority. When Bob Schieffer and Steny Hoyer were growing up, the New York Times had unrivaled authority to set the media's agenda, with the three major TV networks following its lead.

The ensuing decades have seen a proliferation of alternative media outlets, most notably talk radio and Fox News Channel, and a corresponding diminution of the so-called mainstream media's ability to set the boundaries of political debate.

Its authority dwindling, the New York Times is resorting to authoritarian tactics--slandering its competitors in the hope of tearing them down. Hoyer is right. Too many news outlets are busy "inciting people . . . to anger, to thinking the other side is less than moral." The worst offender, because it is the leader, is the New York Times. Decent people of whatever political stripe must say enough is enough.


The way the New York Times is hemorrhaging paid circulation and the Wall Street Journal is gaining paid circ, the NYT will be sinking beneath the waves in this decade.

A Titanic Ship of Fools sailing into the sunset. Bon Voyage.

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