Nov. 19, 2012: U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the media as he embraces Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence in Yangon, Burma.AP
Nov. 19, 2012: U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Myanmar's President Thein Sein at Yangon Parliament Building in Yangon, Burma.AP
The New York Times just cannot bring itself to credit the Bush administration for its successes. Last week, it skipped giving John Bolton credit for his unprecedented action on Burma at the United Nations in November 2005 despite hailing President Obama’s first-ever trip by a U.S. president to Burma.
Tuesday, the New York Times not only skipped giving Bolton credit for his work on North Korea, it actually credits someone else for Bolton’s work.
In a story about North Korea possibly getting ready for another rocket test by Choe Sang-Hun, the Times links to a picture of a previous UN vote that it says refers to the original North Korea condemnation resolution. The picture shows Ambassador John Negroponte raising his hand as he votes on a resolution. The problem is that the first (and second) North Korea testing condemnation resolution(s) were passed by John Bolton in 2006, not John Negroponte as shown. Negroponte’s UN tenure ended in early 2004.
Is the New York Times willfully snubbing John Bolton again?
Bolton led the original condemnation in UN resolution #1695 on July 15th, 2006 and again for the second condemnation on October 14, 2006 with UN resolution #1718.
But the New York Times Tuesday writes and links this way:" “The United States and its allies condemned the launch as a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions that banned North Korea from testing technology that could be used to develop long-range ballistic missiles. There's no mention that the condemnation happened in the Bush administration or that Bolton was the one who did it, twice. If you happened to click on the link then you might think it was John Negroponte who led the original condemnation.
And they say there’s no media bias at the New York Times.
Richard Grenell served as the spokesman for 4 U.S. Ambassadors to the U.N. including John Negroponte, John Danforth, John Bolton and Zalmay Khalilzad. He currently writes from Los Angeles where his pieces can be seen at www.richardgrenell.com. Follow him on Twitter@RichardGrenell.