Sunday, August 18, 2002
More bad journalism at the New York Times: Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer attacks the Times effort to classify former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as part of a group opposed to attacking Iraq.
The egregious part of the story was the touting of Henry Kissinger as one of the top Republican leaders breaking with Bush over Iraq. This revelation was based on a Washington Post op-ed that Kissinger had published four days earlier.
How can one possibly include Kissinger in this opposition group? He writes in the very article the Times cites: "The imminence of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the huge dangers it involves, the rejection of a viable inspection system and the demonstrated hostility of Hussein combine to produce an imperative for preemptive action." There is hardly a more succinct statement of the administration's case for war.
When I was in J school nearly a decade ago, it was most every person who was going into print journalism's hope to someday work at the Times or the Post. At least for me, that's no longer the case -- I don't think I could work at the Times when I saw the journalistic principals of honesty and objectivity being twisted every day.