Hypocrisy Again Rears Its Ugly Head On The L.A. Times Editorial Pages
We see it again this morning, Sunday, Oct. 16, as the Times editorial page, after its many criticisms of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, turns around and supports the governor in his bid to disarm the public employees unions by Proposition 75 in the Nov. 8 special election.
This is reminescent of Kinsley's flipflop in the 2004 presidential election. Then, after months of severe criticism of President George W. Bush, the editorial page would not endorse the Democratic nominee, Sen. John Kerry.
Now, as we come down to the nitty gritty in the approaching special election, set up by Schwarzenegger in order to take advantage of a tradition of heavier conservative voting in special elections, the Times is right there beside Schwarzenegger.
What's going on here? Is it just cowardice, an unwillingness to take a consistent position? Or is the new publisher, Jefr Johnson, or his Chicago Tribune bosses, moving the paper to the right at election times?
I would tend to believe it's something of the latter. I'd be very surprised to see Martinez willingly on the Schwarzenegger-corporate side of the campaign contribution issue, ready to try to disenfranchise the public employee unions while leaving the field to rapacious big business. Martinez in the past, at least, has pretended to be respectable. Another big change for the Times is its endorsement of Proposition 76, a Schwarzenegger proposal to make it easier to fire school teachers. This contradicts years of Times support for decent public education.
In the miserable Current section that replaced the more principled Opinion in the Times, there's another important sign of weakness this morning in the article by Op-Ed Page Editor Nick Goldberg on Germany.
Goldberg is the man who once told me that the United States had taken 9-11 so seriously, because, unfortunately he said, the American people had not suffered military attack as the European countries had enough to get used to such suffering. From that moment forth, I've held the opinion that Goldberg should not be editor of the Op-Ed Page, which under his editorship frequently gives foolish extremists and America-haters lots of space.
This morning, Goldberg, while sympathizing with German suffering in World War II, nonetheless pays tribute to the Germans for their willingness to examine their own past, while, at the end of the article, he decries American unwillingness to reexamine our treatment of the Indians, our dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and our record of slavery and during the Vietnam war.
Consumed with guilt, this confused man, Goldberg, I'm afraid would want to turn the other cheek if someone were to drop the atomic bomb on us. He is thoroughly unsuitable.