Times Endorses the Yellow Dog
Michael Kinsley calls them out on it
even as he acknowledges the validity of voting a straight ticket.In a remarkable editorial on Wednesday, the New York Times endorsed Diane Farrell for Congress from a district in Connecticut.
Who is Diane Farrell? I have no idea, and the Times seemed to have not a lot. After eight years as first selectman of Westport, the paper noted somewhat desperately, "she has a better understanding than most legislators of the impact of federal mandates and tax policy on local government." By contrast her opponent, Christopher Shays, has held the seat for almost 20 years and been endorsed by the Times "in every race in which he has faced a serious opponent" -- until now.
In other words, they endorsed her because she's a Democrat. Fine, says Kinsley, just don't pretend you've made a thoughtful analysis on the basis of anything other than partisanship.
I agree. What drives conservatives nuts is not that the media are liberal. It's that they are liberal and deny it. They pretend to come down on the Democrats' side of every issue after careful deliberation and weighing the arguments on both side, but in reality the fix is in and everybody knows it.