Over the weekend, four Muslims were accused of planning to blowup JFK airport here in New York City. That comes on the heels of six Muslims arrested for planning to kill U.S. soldiers in New Jersey. But hey, don't be alarmed. According to John Edwards and The New York Times, this is no big deal.
In Sunday's Times, editor Bill Keller put the JFK story on, ready, page 37 right above a story about kids playing at a Fuddrucker's restaurant. Every other New York City paper had the Muslim suspects on page one, where they should have been.
Now apparently The Times isn't real concerned about Muslim guys allegedly trying to set up another 9/11. On page one of Sunday's New York Times was this story: some poor people in India making bricks.
Now I'm not making this up. You see it. This is not The Colbert Report. This is “The Factor” and this is the fact. On page one of The New York Times instead of the JFK terror arrests we saw some Indian people with bricks.
Now why did The New York Times do that? It's not hard to figure it out. The War on Terror is perceived to be a Republican strong point. GOP candidates come off tougher in this area than their Democratic counterparts.
Since The New York Times desperately wants a Democrat to be elected president in 2008, The Times is going to play down every terror story unless we get attacked again. Then The Times will say that despite the fascism of the Bush administration, it could not protect us.
So The Times wins both ways. The paper diminishes the War on Terror by putting it on page 37, but if something bad ever happened, it can attack President Bush.
Now this is the hallmark of the far left. We saw it again last night in the Democratic debate when the far left candidate John Edwards once again called the War on Terror a "bumper sticker."
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EDWARDS: What this global war on terror bumper sticker — a political slogan, that's all it is, all it's ever been — was intended to do was for George Bush to use it to justify everything he does.
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Now Senator Edwards isn't smart enough to understand that his strategy is killing him. In the latest ABC News poll, he's down to eight percent among Democratic voters, losing six points in less than a month.
The good news here is that most Americans in both parties understand that Muslim extremists want to kill us and will if they get the chance. So John Edwards looks dopey. The New York Times looks dishonest. And the far left loses all day long, which of course is a good thing.
What is not a good thing is the press using its power to help a political party in its news pages. That is corrupt.
And that's "The Memo."
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