Hello. Times. Anybody?

Love or hate their insider claptrap, the Note comments on the import of Plamegate: "If you aren't spending 90% of your waking time thinking about this, talking about this, and doodling on your jeans about this, then you aren't a member of the Gang of 500, and you probably never will be."

So, with one of their star reporters mixed up in it, what's the Times' contribution to this zinger of a story? Not much. The editor, Bill Keller is, according to Arianna Huffington, dissing bloggers for "chew[ing] on the news." Ostensibly he means that bloggers don't advance the story.

Which couldn't be more wrong in this particular case; a good thing it turns out as the Times itself hasn't been up to much besides defending Miller and perhaps getting the whole paper in trouble with prosecutor Fitzgerald.

Keller's Times cheerleading, as reported by Business Week, reads like pathology in light of the Plamegate vacuum:


"'[The New York Times has] a rigorous set of standards. A journalism of verification' rather than of 'assertion,' and maintaining an 'agnosticism' as where any story may lead. And, borrowing a key buzzword of the day, he said the Times practiced 'transparency,' or, in math-teacher terms, 'we show our work'."
Arianna deals with those claims [HERE]. (Huffington Post)

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