Thursday, December 09, 2004

Karzai Inauguration Doesn't Make Page One

On the inauguration of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, The New York Times began its editorial on Wednesday, March 8, "Yesterday was a proud and hopeful day for Afghanistan."

Yet this "proud and hopeful day" did not make Page One of either the New York Times or Los Angeles Times. The LAT story was preeminent on Page 3; the NYT story ran as the lead on Page 8.

My view is that the least we ought to expect from the nation's great newspapers is that they run such good news from the War on Terror on Page One.

After all, were the Islamic fundamentalists to prevail, these papers would be shut down, or heavily censored the very next day. Benefitting as much as they do from the freedoms laid out in the American Constitution, it is certainly appropriate for them to play our war successes, when they do occur, with the prominence they deserve.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, now you're onto something.

Lately, what bugs me most about the Times is the stories it DOESN'T publish. Take, for example, the recent revelation that the British busted an al Qaeda plot to blow up Heathrow Airport and Canary Wharf. Granted, it turned out that the plot (and the busting) actually happened months and months ago, but it was still news. Not a peep about it in the Times, though.

12/09/2004 9:47 AM  
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