Another one bites the dust. In a rare moment of establishment press introspection, outgoing New York Times public editor Arthur S. Brisbane insinuated his newspaper is being overrun and undermined by the hustlers of liberal progressivism. In his final Times column (Aug. 26, 2012), Brisbane writes: “Across the paper’s many departments, though, so many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism [...] that this worldview virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times. [D]evelopments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage seem almost to erupt in The Times, overloved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects.”

Brisbane’s assessment of his peers is like being told Al Capone was a notorious Chicagoland gangster. Over the years, old-school journalists and other critical thinkers (both species, incidentally, flock to WND) have watched the New York Times devolve into a tool of big government pathology and a missioner for divisive socio-cultural engineering. With the capstone election of pharonic Barack Hussein Obama, progressivist hustlers at the Times doubled down as strident propagandists. Skilled practitioners of fudge journalism, they disregard or belittle stories that might unmask their cult leader and his cabal or expose the decrepitude of shopworn socialistic “solutions.”

One can read in Brisbane’s critique a lament. Liberal-progressive hustlers are, after all, a destructive lot. See them transforming the Times into a provincial rag wearing a mantle of incredulity worthy of a supermarket tabloid. See them pushing America into socio-economic chaos and acquiescing to creeping dictatorship. If America falls prey to tyranny, the cultic mainstream media, including the New York Times, will bear heavy blame for turning a blind eye to the unbounded fraudulence, overreach and abuse of federal power under Obama’s watch.

The Fourth Estate are supposed to be citizen watchdogs that exist outside primary government influence and serve as a check on those in public office. Unfortunately, that mission statement will come as a shock to most lockstep denizens of the mainstream media. Should those folks ever wish to earn journalistic integrity, they could begin the process by studying many fine examples of old-fashioned, hard-nosed reporting at WND.

R. Wallach

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