Posts Tagged ‘General Betrayus Ad’
An Editorial in the NY Times today admitted that the bastion of liberal media violated its own written standards by running the Moveon.org General Betrayus Ad. While the editorial clearly admits that the ad violated written policy, they try and put the error off on some poor sales representative, who made an innocent mistake…
… The Times had maintained for a week that the standby rate was appropriate, but a company spokeswoman told me late Thursday afternoon that an advertising sales representative made a mistake.
Sure a mistake… I believe that as much as I would a Jason Blair byline.. The Editorial also fails to mention the identity of or what happened to the advertising sales representative. Did he lose his job, get some other reprimand, or high fives around the office? The Times has zero credibility so forgive me if I want to see something that corroborates this story.
As far as the insulting part of the ad itself, the Times written policy states:
“We do not accept opinion advertisements that are attacks of a personal nature.”
But at least one NY Times executive, Steph Jespersen feels that essentially calling a 4 star General with nine rows of ribbons on his chest, including a Bronze Star with a V for valor a traitor is nothing more than an exercise in free speech. The Times is distraught that the ad gave ” Fresh Ammunition” to the Bush Administration and it’s allies and diverted media discussion away from perceived failures in Iraq. In reality the discussion that the ad diverted away from was General Petraeus’s testimony about the progress we have made in Iraq. Of course the Times likely would not have printed anything that pointed to progress in Iraq.
Like I said earlier, the Times has absolutely zero credibility, and they have a long way to go before they can restore that credibility. A good first step in that direction would be a full page ad apologizing to General Petraeus. They could send the bill for the ad to Moveon.org, the DNC, and the Political Action Committees of the Senators who refused to vote to condemn personal attacks on the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all members of the United States Armed Forces.
Update: Here is MSNBC’s take on the story…