Saturday, February 21, 2009

NY Times Gets It Wrong Again

The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane. - Mark Twain

The article notes Senator Kennedy's staff is conducting the secret meetings behind closed doors, which is "unusual". Republicans so far have stayed away we are told, as they" felt they would be relegated to a secondary role,with no opportunity to set the agenda or choose the outside participants." Here's where it gets really good. Senator Kennedy has often held such secret stakeholder meetings in the past we are told. Then we have this gem;

"It is not clear whether such back-room negotiations are still
viable at a time when politicians are promising a new transparency and condemning the influence of lobbyists."

Not Clear? This is transparent? A sector of the economy worth 17% of GDP does not have all constituents with some skin in the game at the table while its future is decided? Maybe to the NYT. Its pretty clear to anyone with a brain what is happening here--Senator Kennedy's staff is utilizing Mark Twain's time tested rule and excluding their insane adversaries. At a time when the stock price of the NYT is below the cost of its Sunday edition is it any wonder the print media is in shambles?

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