Politics While We’re on the Subject of Burner…
posted by October 16 at 17:30 PMon
A turgidly written, rhetorically dishonest piece of sophistry.
Indeed, while Times columnist Joni Balter, a member of the editorial board, described Reichert in July as “not the sharpest pencil in the backpack,” the Times endorsement now praises him for having “matured” in office and for showing “a capacity for appreciating nuance and an appetite for seeking answers.”
What’s going on here? Goldy and McJoan at DailyKos both see one thing driving the Times’ endorsement: The Estate Tax. McJoan points out that when he voted to repeal the Estate Tax earlier this year, Reichert put out a press release mentioning the Times by name as a reason for his vote. And Goldy puts it this way:
The Times incessant shilling for estate tax repeal has so strained its credibility and bored its readers that its endorsements have become more an exercise in narcissism than civic engagement.
UPDATE: And over at Northwest Progressive Institute, Andrew Villeneuve says the Times has “disgraced itself.”