NYT view of Tokyo Rose: "Exemplary"

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Praise for a traitor. What's next from Pinch Sulzberger's paper?

While one might argue that there should be qualms in considering her a "traitor" given the circumstances of being trapped in Japan at an inopportune time (and having to make a living there), can a paper honestly devote precious editorial space to honor someone who propagandized on behalf of the enemy during war?

If one is talking about her post World War 2 "career" she did nothing exceptional to justify praise by the Times. She did not work with the poor, help rehabilitate wounded vets, work in the USO, or other honorable endeavors to redeem her name. A redemption that only the New York Times sees fit to propose.

What next in a few years? An editorial calling for a pardon for John Walker Lindh, the American Taliban?

Don't laugh.

Ed Lasky   9 29 06

Praise for a traitor. What's next from Pinch Sulzberger's paper?

While one might argue that there should be qualms in considering her a "traitor" given the circumstances of being trapped in Japan at an inopportune time (and having to make a living there), can a paper honestly devote precious editorial space to honor someone who propagandized on behalf of the enemy during war?

If one is talking about her post World War 2 "career" she did nothing exceptional to justify praise by the Times. She did not work with the poor, help rehabilitate wounded vets, work in the USO, or other honorable endeavors to redeem her name. A redemption that only the New York Times sees fit to propose.

What next in a few years? An editorial calling for a pardon for John Walker Lindh, the American Taliban?

Don't laugh.

Ed Lasky   9 29 06