As of now, many mainstream media outlets have run fair and balanced reports about the Obamacare fiasco.
Now, however, the editors of the New York Times seem to have decided that the coverage is hurting the president and the Democratic Party. They are going to show you how to kill a story that makes them and their favorite politicians look bad.
Ann Althouse draws our attention to yet another instance of editorial malpractice in The New York Times.
Take a look at the front page of the Times website. How long does it take you to find any reference to the Obamacare debacle?
Scroll down to the U. S. Politics section and you will find this:
Troubleshooter Reports Progress and Barriers in Bid to Repair the Health Care Portal.
With one ambiguous headline the Times has trivialized the calamity of Obamacare, dissociated it from the name of its architect, ignored the question of whether or not Obama lied and made it all seem like a technological glitch. How many people are going to grasp that the “portal” in question is the dysfunctional Obamacare website?
What articles did the Times believe to be more important than the Obamacare debacle:
A Pakistani comic moving to Australia.
LED bulbs are catching on.
Climate change posing a risk to food supplies.
Angela Merkel is being transformed from fiscal scold to profligate spender.
U. S. drones kill a terrorist leader.
Improved service by Aeroflot.
I have occasionally praised the good work of some Times writers. But, this morning’s website shows that the paper’s editors see themselves as propagandists, not as journalists. They are not interested in informing their readers by reporting the news. They want to manipulate the minds of their readers. In that they have had considerable success.
Perhaps, it’s too subtle for most readers to notice. Perhaps, many Times readers prefer to have their prejudices stoked than to learn what is happening in the world.
There is more to propaganda than purveying lies. Editorial judgments in selecting stories can also be a fraud.