Off the Record

Greta: New York Times used to demand facts, now they carry the White House's water

'Off the Record,' 5/9/14: The New York Times called the select committee on Benghazi a circus and has dismissed the IRS scandal. What happened to the 'Paper of Record' that used to hold the government's feet to the fire?


By Greta Van Susteren

Let's go "Off the Record" for a minute. "The New York Times" editorial board really went to town today jumping all over the House committee on Benghazi, calling it a "circus," accusing Republicans of inflating a tragedy into a scandal, of wildly swinging in the dark and frothing. They even took a swipe at FOX News.

Thanks for the shoutout. Always love that. And as for the editorial board, they want the Benghazi investigation shut down, arguing all has been told. But then the editorial has to embarrassingly tip-toe around the obvious, the new email. Remember that? The one, three weeks ago, a court ordered the White House to produce? Well, the White House had been hiding it from Congress for 19 months.

But that's not all. The editorial board also wants to bury the IRS scandal, accusing Republicans of trying to revive a "dormant" scandal. Really? Dormant? Last night, right here "On the Record," we learned that Tea Party donors get audited by the IRS 10 times more often than non-Tea Party members. Apparently, that doesn't bother "The New York Times." It's not their friends getting audited 10 times more often.

Bottom line, what's up at the "Times"? The old "New York Times" was a champion of rights, demanding facts, putting the government's feet to the fire. I don't know what Kool-Aid the editorial board is drinking, but they may want to walk 50 feet across to the office of "News York Times" executive managing editor, Jill Abramson. Abramson has been covering the White House for decades. She says this White House is the most secretive White House that she's ever been involved in covering. That's the Obama White House. Well, she's right - secretive.

By the way, I agree with the board on this. Congress and the president should be addressing other important issues, like jobs. But since the rest of us can multitask, Congress and the president can, too. Get to work!

That's my "Off the Record" tonight. If you have an important story or issue you think I should take "Off the Record," got to and tell us about it.