NY Times Tale of the Investigative Tape:
John Edwards: Ten months
Sarah Palin: Five days
It all boils down to what you're interested in investigating.
ITEM: It took the New York Times ten months to muster the willpower to look into the John Edwards affair, scandal and ongoing cover-up. It took the Grey Shady only five days to swing into action on Sarah Palin.
ITEM: It was reported today that the NY Times lost another 30,000+ subscribers.
Are the two items related?
The Times' investigative sleuths better go back to Dirt Digging 101: the dirt as seen through the eyes of the proud party progressives who labor in the editorial room wouldn't fill a small sweeper bag.
Times' "reporter", Elisabeth Bumiller is worried about the "vetting process" by the John McCain campaign when they chose Palin. After all, Palin's daughter is pregnant and Palin's husband had a DUI 22 years ago.
From Disclosures on Palin Raise Questions on Vetting Process:
On Monday morning, Ms. Palin and her husband, Todd, issued a statement saying that their 17-year-old unmarried daughter, Bristol, was five months pregnant and that she intended to marry the father.
Among other less attention-grabbing news of the day: it was learned that Ms. Palin now has a private lawyer in a legislative ethics investigation in Alaska into whether she abused her power in dismissing the state’s public safety commissioner; that she was a member for two years in the 1990s of the Alaska Independence Party, which has at times sought a vote on whether the state should secede; and that Mr. Palin was arrested 22 years ago on a drunken-driving charge.
A drunken driving charge against Todd Palin from twenty-two years ago raises the red flags for Elisabeth Bumiller; Edwards impregnating a paramour while campaigning on morality and making "family" a centerpiece of his campaign, didn't.
A wayward teen daughter concerns Ms. Bumiller, while funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars through associates, lying to the public, and the dozens of curious connections in the John Edwards story only served as a sort of journalistic sleep aid for her and the NY Times.
While there was no sign that her formal nomination this week was in jeopardy, the questions swirling around Ms. Palin on the first day of the Republican National Convention, already disrupted by Hurricane Gustav, brought anxiety to Republicans who worried that Democrats would use the selection of Ms. Palin to question Mr. McCain’s judgment and his ability to make crucial decisions.
John McCain makes a decision which absolutely shores up--what was until his announcement of Palin for VP--lukewarm conservative support, and the NY Times is scouring the globe to find Republicans who are worried that "Democrats would use the selection of Ms. Palin to question Mr. McCain’s judgment"?
If John McCain had chosen Jesus Christ as Vice-President, Democrats would have used the selection for political gain: that's what political parties do. There would have been the odd Republican worried about it and the Times would have all over that RINO like John Edwards on a videographer in a NY bar.
The Mainstream (Progressive) Media is always "worried" about whether Republicans and conservatives will hurt themselves while playing in the political street. It's an old game--and one that NY Times' ex-readers were onto a long time ago.
Huffington Post reported today that the New York Times Circulation Plummets, as another 30,000+ subscribers scrubbed the Times' brand of "journalism" off their list.
The Times can't even interest people in New York City: it's now the fourth-largest seller among NYC resident.
The New York Times has lost almost 20% of its circulation in New York City between 2001 and 2004, its competitor, The New York Post reports. And the Post gleefully notes that its own circulation in NYC has soared 29% in the same period. So comparing the papers' circulation in New York City today, the Post sells 371,341 copies to the Times' 260,526.
One other Times' "bombshell" was that Palin "was a member for two years in the 1990s of the Alaska Independence Party, which has at times sought a vote on whether the state should secede".
Leave aside for the moment how many thousands of disgusted Americans might feel the same way; thousands of New York Times' readers continue to vote with their pocketbooks about seceding from the Times' subscriber list.
The investigative timelines for John Edwards and Sarah Palin gives them another good reason to flee the New York Times.