Wednesday, September 20, 2006

DEPT. OF EXEGESIS Yet again, I'm floored by a New York Times account of a Sen. George Allen (R-VA) gaffe.

Nowhere does Carl Hulse's article mention that Allen characterized the debate question about his Jewish ancestry as an example of a questioner "making aspersions about people"--easily the most salient chunk of his retort.

The article also repeats, unqualified, Allen's misleading assertion that he's never known why his grandfather was imprisoned by Nazis.

In short, the piece does little more than summarize the Allen campaign's press release.

Why is The Times papering over the truth rather than reporting it?

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.