Sunday, January 29, 2006

You Got Your Chocolate in My Peanut Butter!

New York Times! 
Look.  I didn't vote for Bush, either.  But I'm not running the most esteemed newspaper in the world.
Does this really belong in a news article:?
 
Yet even as Haiti prepares to pick its first elected president since the rebellion two years ago, questions linger about the circumstances of Mr. Aristide's ouster — and especially why the Bush administration, which has made building democracy a centerpiece of its foreign policy in Iraq and around the world, did not do more to preserve it so close to its shores .
 
[my italics]
 
This isn't even close to the first time, either. You gotta learn to, you know, think some things that you don't write.
Even the rabid Wall Street Journal op-ed page doesn't leak onto the news.
 
Tsk. Tsk.

2 comments:

Jack Roy said...

There's an interesting theory of international relations that posits a sort of familial responsibility of first world nations to their developing cousins, based not on a post-colonial history but a looser association. So France takes care of Cote D'Ivoire, America takes care of Liberia (home of many freed slaves who returned to Africa) and Haiti, and India labors to keep the British in some sort of appealing food.

But you make a good point. Except with respect to WSJ---their editorials say "greed is good!" and their news stories say "greed is good! here's how!"

The Litvak said...

Of course, I wasn't really arguing that we shouldn't take care of countries in our "sphere of influence."
I was more poking fun at the NYT for its shrill reference to the debacle in Iraq in the middle of an article about Haiti.