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More on NY Times Re: Moveon.org Ad

Subsidizing Sedition

By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Thursday, September 13, 2007 4:20 PM PT

Media: The New York Times gives moveon.org a discount on a full-page ad smearing Gen. David Petraeus.


Does anyone think for a minute that the Times would grant a similar discount for a group backing Petraeus?

This being a nation where speech is - or should be - absolutely free, moveon.org has every right to express its opinions. And the New York Times has just as much right to publish any opinion it wishes.

That said, there's an ugliness about this moveon.org advertisement that many Americans recognize immediately. And they no doubt agree with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch who, in unusually blunt language on the Senate floor this week, said of its sponsors:

"These people are nuts."

The screed below the photograph of Petraeus isn't the work of a rational person or group making a cogent argument. It reads like the unhinged scrawling of someone suffering acutely from Bush Derangement Syndrome - the condition that has rendered much of the Democratic Party and most on the left incoherent.

Whatever President Bush supports, they oppose. To them, the man Americans trusted enough to elect twice is nothing but an imperialist monster who stomps on civil rights.

The Sulzberger family that owns the Times should be ashamed for allowing the ad to run at all. No one would have faulted them for turning it down for reasons of taste and/or an unwillingness to be associated with such an extreme, hate-filled group.

But they not only took the ad, they subsidized moveon.org's vitriol by cutting its usual price for a full page from $181,692 to $65,000.

But then, what else should we expect? The ad, which was timed to coincide with Petraeus' congressional testimony on the progress of the war in Iraq, fits nicely with the Times' own view of the war.

To paraphrase moveon.org, the Times has been at war with the war in Iraq and the global war on terrorism for years, and it seems to be intent on undermining U.S. efforts to win both. At least three times in 2005 and 2006, America's newspaper of record published reports revealing details of secret security programs designed to foil terrorists. How much damage that did to our war effort we may never know.

The Times is not alone, however, in fighting its war. Others in the mainstream media have also done their part - even to the point of refusing to run ads in support of the war effort, as was the case with CNBC and MSNBC last month. NBC tried to explain away the rejection by citing network policy to reject ads from groups that touch on controversial issues of public importance.

Never mind that organizations such as the conservative Move America Forward, the political American Medical Association and the nonprofit Save Darfur Coalition have aired their commercials on the NBC network.

With its supposedly clever wording, moveon.org's ad suggests that General Petraeus - or General "Betray Us," as the headline says, is a traitor to his nation. But it's moveon.org - not the man who's trying to protect our safety - that's flirting with treason here.

This is an organization, after all, that in 2004 allowed a video comparing Bush to Adolf Hitler to appear on its Web site.

That's not sedition, but it clearly illustrates the sort of twisted thinking that animates the group and its followers. No one should be surprised to find elements within moveon.org who might think toppling the U.S. government - at least one headed by George W. Bush - is not such a bad thing.

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