NYT editor: 'This is not a witch hunt'

In a statement eerily reminiscent of Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook" moment, New York Times assistant managing editor Jim Roberts denies the obvious truth of the media frenzy to find something with which to beat up a former vice presidential candidate who holds no public office, Sarah Palin. It is worth knowing that Mrs. Palin's public status equals that of John Edwards, another statewide officeholder/former vice presidential candidate (albeit from a much larger state, and with a national office) whose peccadilloes were of no interest whatsoever to the mainstream media until the National Enquirer did the hard work gumshoe investigatory journalism that the old guard media find too taxing these days. The "but everybody was doing it" defense is also invoked: The Times, like The Post and others, uploaded the e-mails onto its Web site and invited readers to sift through them and comment on anything compelling they found. (Because the state of Alaska made the e-mails available only on...(Read Full Post)