Tuesday, January 30, 2007

NY Times reporter gets in trouble for wanting to win in Iraq

This story actually had me laughing out loud:

A New York Times reporter has been admonished by his superiors after voicing the hope that the U.S. can accomplish its goals in Iraq. Here's what Times chief military correspondent Michael Gordon said on The Charlie Rose show earlier this month — "As a purely personal view, I think it's worth it — one last effort for sure to try to get this right, because my personal view is we've never really tried to win. We've simply been managing our way to defeat. And I think that if it's done right, I think that there is the chance to accomplish something."

Public editor Byron Calame writes that Washington bureau chief Philip Taubman said Gordon "stepped over the line" and "went too far." Timeswatch.com points out that last summer Times reporter Neil MacFarquhar appeared on the Rose show, and criticized Bush administration practice of sending bombs to the Middle East — saying the policy "erodes and erodes and erodes America's reputation." MacFarquhar received no reprimand for his comments.

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10 Comments:

Anonymous darth luther said...

Even the mans quote starts with "as a purely personal view ..." so seems to me the NYT is out of line since the comments were clearly not masked as neutral reporting or as comments endorsed by the NYT but of his personal opinion.

Death to the Times!!! :)

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Princess Nancy said...

General Kenobi: Years ago, you served my father in the Media Wars; now he begs you to help him in his struggle against the Liberal Empire. I regret that I am unable to present my father's request to you in person; but conservatives have fallen under attack and I'm afraid my mission has failed. I've placed information vital to the survival of the rebellion into the memory systems of this blog. My father will know how to retrieve it. You must see that this blog is safely accessible to him on Alderaan. This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi; you're my only hope.

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Darth Luther said...

Darth Luther thinks someone keeps getting the stereotypes all wrong. (heavy iron lung sounding breathing) Darth Luther thinks the stereotype of a Conservative is mean, dark and evil. (heavy iron lung sounding breathing) Darth Luther thinks the stereotype of a Liberal is illogical and emotional. (heavy iron lung sounding breathing)

So when Darth Luther surfaces … it represents support of views clearly considered conservative. (heavy iron lung sounding breathing) Yes, Darth Luther thinks the pull of the dark side can be compelling at times. (heavy iron lung sounding breathing)

Oh and Darth Luther is a big Bob Dole fan.

Sincerely, (heavy iron lung sounding breathing)
DL

PS. However, (heavy iron lung sounding breathing) Darth Luther did find great humor in the writings of Princess Nancy and Yoda!!!!

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Obi-Wan Mikeobi said...

Princess Nancy, I have something here for you. Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough, but your uncle wouldn't allow it. He feared you might follow old Obi-Wan on some damn fool idealistic crusade like your father did. It's your father's National Review subscription. This magazine is the weapon of a Buckley Knight. Not as clumsy or as random as the Los Angeles Times, but an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. For over a thousand generations, the Buckley Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times, before the Liberal Empire.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Bob Dole said...

Oh and Darth Luther is a big Bob Dole fan.

Bob Dole appreciates your admiration. By the way, Bob Dole hears that chicks dig the heavy iron lung sounding breathing!!

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Luth Skywalker said...

Oh noble Luther, resist the temptation to refer to Conservatism as dark and evil even in a joking manner. Unbeknownst to you this only fuels the Liberal Empire with energy and emboldens them to tell of even more grandiose falsehoods. We must cast conservative thoughts in a blinding white light of pure righteousness, omniscience, and unwavering flawless logic. This is the chosen path that will lead the Conservative Rebel Alliance to the destruction of the MSM Death Star of lies and deceit.

Use the Force Luth! And resist its liberal side!! Then we can defeat - your FATHER!!!

11:03 PM  
Anonymous luther said...

Don't look back, look straight ahead,
Don't turn away, then the voice it said
Don't look back, yesterday's gone,
Don't turn away, you can take it on
Voices, I hear voices,
Voices, I hear voices

11:03 PM  
Anonymous christina aguilera said...

Mr Dole, I'm totally jealous that you never choose to promote links to my sites.

11:11 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Darth Luther thinks someone keeps getting the stereotypes all wrong.

Yeah, I just picked up the meme and ran with it.

It's your father's National Review subscription.

Do you know I got my first issue of National Review this month? I was very excited to subscribe, but I have to say, so far it hasn't changed my life.

7:37 AM  
Blogger Mike in S.A. said...

I've been a National Review subscriber for fifteen years. I wouldn't say it has changed my life, but I have enjoyed reading it.

Of course, without NR I would never have found Cathy's World or Bystander!

12:39 AM  

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