New York Times blog invites criticism of GOP presidential candidates, but not Democrats

After this week’s televised GOP debate, The New York Times’ “Taking Note” editorial blog asked readers "Who made the most ridiculous comment in the Republican debate?" and received over 600 responses.

So how many responses did the Times receive when they asked the same question about the Democratic debate?


Because they didn’t ask.

They did however post several seemingly pro-Hillary Clinton items, including “Hillary’s Debate Magic,” “In Debate, Clinton Sent a Message for Doubters,” “Clinton Wins Iowa Fans with Debate Performance,” and “Clinton Turns Up Heat on Sanders in a Sharp Debate.”

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    The closest the Times’ blog came to a critical piece on the Democratic debate was a post titled “Who Won and Lost the Democratic Debate? The Web Has Its Say” which solicited input from across the political spectrum on the Web, but did not invite direct criticism of any candidate.

    The Times also posted an entry critical of former Governor Mike Huckabee on October 14, 2015, the day after the Democratic debate, entitled “No Comment Necessary: Mike Huckabee’s Racist Debate Tweet," which stated “I trust @BernieSanders with my tax dollars like I trust a North Korean chef with my labrador! #DemDebate.”

    "This is just another example of how liberal media outlets like the Times transparently display they are Democratic house organs," said Tim Graham, Executive Editor of media watchdog site NewsBusters. "Refusing to ask for critical comments of Democrats after rejoicing in critical comments on Republicans makes them easy pickings for accusations of bias. "