Thursday, January 30, 2003

Donald Luskin authors a very fine Blog at www.poorandstupid.com; last evening he had an incredible piece of insight about Europe's alleged opposition regarding the resumption of military action in Iraq.

Subject: EUROPE'S LEADERS SNUB THE NY TIMES
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 19:52:45 -0800
From: "Donald L. Luskin"

EUROPE'S LEADERS SNUB THE NY TIMES The Wall Street Journal is announcing on-line this evening that its paper edition tomorrow will carry an open letter from the leaders or Spain, Britain, Italy, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Portugal calling for unity with the US in the struggle to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction.

Students of diplomacy will notice that this letter will serve to isolate France and Germany in their opposition to US efforts. But students of media will notice that these European leaders chose the Wall Street Journal to publish their letter -- which will serve to isolate the New York Times in its opposition to US efforts.

Twenty years ago -- even five years ago -- it would have been unthinkable for such a letter to run anywhere but the Times -- America's "newspaper of record." But today -- well, can you imagine this letter running next to some strident, sophomoric raving from Maureen Dowd or some biased, unprincipled jeremiad from Paul Krugman? Apparently the leaders of eight great European nations couldn't either.

Posted by Donald Luskin at 10:49 PM

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