IT’S WELL KNOWN AMONG THE SMALL WORLD of people who pay attention to such things that the liberal-leaning reporters at The Wall Street Journal resent the conservative-leaning editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. What’s less well known—and about to break into the open, threatening the very fabric of the institution—is how deeply the liberal-leaning reporters at The New York Times resent the liberal-leaning editorial page of The New York Times.
Nothing brightens my day more than an open, frank admission someplace other than in the pages of the Journal or Commentary that despite some token efforts at non-partisanship, The New York Times is, in fact, the paper-of-record of the American Left.
Partisanship in op/ed pages is a good thing. Partisanship as a de-facto part of the editorial policy outside of the opinion pages is something quite different. Political bias in reporting the news lays a path away from truth and democracy, but toward demagoguery, and as such there is no room for it in the American system.