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O'REILLY: Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thank you for watching us tonight. The Factor has obtained an incredible memo about liberal bias at the The Los Angeles Times. That's the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo.
As you may know, I have recently criticized The Times for allowing its liberal editorial position, which it's certainly entitled to, to shade its hard news coverage. The New York Times did the exact same thing during the Iraq war.
Well, listen to this. L.A. Times editor, John Carroll, sent a scathing memo to his subordinates on May 22nd. In it he says, "I'm concerned about the perception and the occasional reality that "The Times" is a liberal, politically correct newspaper." Carroll goes on to hammer a front page "Times" article about a bill in Texas that would require abortion doctors to counsel patients that they may be risking breast cancer.
Carroll continues, quote, "It is not until the last three paragraphs of the story that we finally surface a professor of biology and endocrinology who believes the abortion/cancer connection is valid. But do we quote him as to why he believes this? No. We quote his political views. Apparently, the scientific argument for the anti-abortion side is so absurd that we don't need to waste our readers' time with it. The reason I'm sending this note to all section editors is that I want everyone to understand how serious I am about purging all political bias from our coverage. We may happen to live in a political atmosphere, Los Angeles, that is suffused with liberal values, but we are not going to push a liberal agenda in the news pages of The Times."
Well, that is simply a stunning internal scolding, and I applaud John Carroll for his honesty in his mission to bring his newspaper back to fairness. With chaos reigning at The New York Times, brought on because of the political correctness and liberalism of its primary editors, the USA is now seeing two of its most powerful media organs exposed.
Americans deserve honest, fair reporting from all news organizations. In this age of terror, we must have accurate information and hear both sides of issues in order to adequately protect ourselves and our families.
This is not a conservative/liberal issue. This is an honesty issue. The country needs its premier newspapers to be trustworthy and look out for us, but not so bitterly ideological that they can't report the news straight.
So, "Talking Points" has gained new respect for "L.A. Times" editor, John Carroll. The City of Angels has only one large newspaper, and it needs to be above reproach. That memo could be a new beginning at "The Times". Let's hope so. And that's The Memo. -- That's our memo.
The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
Time now for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day"...
Newsweek columnist Anna Quindlen, a politically correct soccer mom, takes a shot at FNC this week. Ms. Quindlen, a former New York Times columnist, defends the paper in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal and writes, quote, "Even the unconcealed joy of FOX News at the story, the sheer delight of the flagrantly right-wing network at the toppling of the industry leader (The New York Times) its commentators love to hate says something important."
Flagrantly right wing, Ms. Quindlen? Three words for you. Pot kettle black. You, madam, are a left-wing ideologue masquerading as a Kmart shopper. Yes, we've taken our shots at "The New York Times" because of its hard news slant, not because of its ideological position on the editorial page.
This network presents all sides of the story, a novel concept for people like you. That's not ridiculous at all.
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