The Wall Street Journal has opened it op-ed section to Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the New York Times.
“The role of journalism on our side of the news/opinion divide, at least as we aspire to perform it, is not to be advocates for or against any president or any party or any cause,” asserts Keller. What world does this man inhabit? This is humanly impossible. Try imagining a journalist writing an “objective and dispassionate” piece regarding Nazi Joseph Mengele. The New York Times and the rest of the MSM have been living a lie. It is time to return to reality and demand that these media outlets unabashedly inform us of their biases. This is what I candidly do all of the time. Why should one expect any less of them?
Bill Keller also complains that the WSJ’s “editorial posits a conspiracy between journalists and "a cabal of partisan bureaucrats" to undermine President Bush by sabotaging the war on terror.” Oh my goodness, here we go again. The main thing that Keller forgets is this: we did not elect him to decide which secrets are ultimately to be released to the general public. I do not remember seeing Keller’s name on the ballot the last time I voted. The U.S. Constitution recognizes the legitimate role of the media. Nonetheless, at the end of the day---the majority of the voters place their trust in the executive branch. Does Keller disagree? In that case, we should encourage him to run for public office.
UPDATE: Hugh Hewitt weighs in with undeniable logic.
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