The New York Times dramatically slashed its normal
rates for a full-page advertisement for MoveOn.org’s ad questioning the
integrity of Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq.
Headlined "Cooking the Books for the White House," the ad which ran
in Monday’s Times says Petraeus is "a military man constantly at war
with the facts" and concluded – even before he testified before
Congress – that "General Petraeus is likely to become General Betray
According to Abbe Serphos, director of public relations
for the Times, "the open rate for an ad of that size and type is
A spokesman for MoveOn.org confirmed to The Post
that the liberal activist group had paid only $65,000 for the ad – a
reduction of more than $116,000 from the stated rate.
How kind of the Times. No doubt this was all done in the name of unbiased reporting as a service by the Paper of Record. I’m sure they were operating solely out of a desire to see all the
smears relevant information brought before the American public. In fact, I’m sure that if the Club for Growth wanted to run a juvenile, insulting ad attacking Hillary Clinton or John Edwards, the Times would fall all over itself to give them the same discount.
Nope. No agenda to see here folks. Move along.
(hat tip: Blue Crab Boulevard)
LINKS: More at Captain’s Quarters.
UPDATE: Rudy Giuliani has demanded equal treatment from the Times to respond to MoveOn’s ad. This should be entertaining.