Peter Roff: The New York Times Carries Water for Obamacare
The New York Times was once considered the nation’s newspaper of record – and deservedly so. Of late, it is a far cry from the days when the legendary A.M. Rosenthal supervised the editorial page, which, to be sure, leaned to the left, but was generally fair and informative.
These days, what passes for editorial judgment at the Times is merely a recitation of the left’s talking points. Few, if any, new ideas are presented. Instead, the venerable “gray lady” of American journalism is being used as a cudgel against those who have a different vision for America’s future than the current occupant of Washington’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and his allies.
A recent post on the blog of the editor of the Times editorial page featured an ad raising questions about Obamacare and its implementation that was attacked – not so much for what it said – but because of who the author of the post believed to be behind it. Once again the paper, in what is now common practice among the liberal news organs that populate the marketplace throughout the country, chose to attack the messenger because it could not present an effective counter-argument to the message.
The questions the ad raises – “If we can’t pick our own doctor, how do I know my family’s going to get the care they need?” and “What am I getting in exchange for higher premiums and a smaller paycheck?” – are not only fair ones, they are on the minds of many now that the law has been passed and the changes it requires are, fitfully, being put into place.
Originally appeared in US News & World Report, please click here to read the full article.