Monday, August 27, 2007

Oh how the mighty have fallen

It is also true that The New York Times is not a crusading newspaper. It is impressed with the responsibility of what it prints. It is conservative and independent, and so far as possible -- consistent with honest journalism -- attempts to aid and support those who are charged with the responsibility of government. There are many newspapers conducted along different lines, some of them vicious, ill-natured, and destructive of character and reputation, and for mere purposes of sensation they frequently terrorize well qualified and well meaning men to the point where they are discouraged from accepting invitations to give their ability, genius, and experience to the administration of public affairs."

Those words were in a letter written in 1931 by Adolph Ochs, the publisher of The New York Times.

This came from a Power Line post with William Latz. That those words quoted above were once said by the publisher of the old gray lady is both exceedingly funny (in light of recent NYT events) and at the same time exceedingly sad. Sad that the "paper of record" has become a caricature of a news paper, has sold its integrity and reputation for cheap partisan shots and has done all that it can to soil the profession of journalism. It is though the paper has spent the last 30 years doing all that it could to invalidate that once proud quote.

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