Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Newt, The NYT, & The Presidential Scarlet Letter

Newt Gingrich is poised to announce his bid for the Presidency, likely today. And as to be fully expected, this event is celebrated in the pages of the NYT with a lengthy column, though it is a column that seems drawn in inspiration from the pages of Nathaniel Hawthorne's magnum opus, The Scarlet Letter. Titling their first real hit job of the 2012 Presidential season "Gingrich Set to Run, With Wife in Central Role," the NYT revels in . . . . well, you guess. Is it, (A), a news worthy analysis of what makes Newt a viable candidate to challenge Obama? Or is it (B), a lengthy walk down the memory lane of Newt's marital infidelities? For the answer, let's go to the opening paragraphs of the NYT announcement of Newt's presidential aspirations:

Callista Bisek’s friends from rural Wisconsin were stunned when, well over a decade ago, she confided that she was secretly dating an older, married man: Newt Gingrich.

Still in her 20s when they met, Ms. Bisek had been raised in a town of 1,500, the only child of a meat packer and a secretary. A churchgoing Roman Catholic, she had attended a Lutheran college where she practiced piano five hours a day. “Is this the wisest course for you to be taking?” Karen Olson, her best friend, recalled asking. . . .

I think this piece may be even too low brow for the Enquirer. They at least have some journalistic standards. How long before this left wing rag finally goes into bankruptcy?

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