L.A. Times: The General Ideology of a Newspaper That Obtains a News Leak Is Important — But Only if It’s a Conservative Newspaper
In an update to a post below, I praise the first draft of the L.A. Times article on the Alito job application, for being fundamentally fair, and for including the document itself on its Web site.
However, I do take issue with this statement in the Times article:
The Washington Times, to which the document was apparently leaked, has a largely conservative readership, and the document’s appearance there suggested that Alito’s supporters were seeking to reassure opponents of abortion of his opposition to the Roe vs. Wade decision that in 1973 established abortion rights.
First of all, will the L.A. Times ever admit that it has a large liberal readership, and acknowledge that leaks to its reporters may indicate some sort of liberal agenda? Ha!
Second, why assume that the leak was intended to reassure conservatives? Isn’t it equally (or more) likely that the Bush Administration personnel who leaked this (and I assume they were the source) saw the document as politically radioactive — and wanted to make sure that initial word of it emerged in a sympathetic publication?