Once again, The NY Times is falling for the Republican line, this time on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Whether it's because of the bias of the reporter or the all-too-often inclination for newspaper editors/reporters to bend over too far to appear objective, the result is a biased position that is poorly sourced and supported.
In the story - In Detainee Furor, a Rare Stumble by Speaker Pelosi - Timesman Carl Hulse frames the story as a score by the right-wing machine, instead of the he said/she said situation that it clearly is. If the predicament is any more than this, his story doesn't support it. He has CIA Director Leon Panetta and Republicans saying she was briefed about the illegal torture methods in 2002, and Pelosi saying she wasn't. But the story provides no evidence for the reader to decide which side is telling the truth. None of the sources are even quoted saying what shows them on the papers they're looking at that indicates specific torture methods were outlined. It's all vague spy speak.
So, why is this a front page story? I guess this is what passes for investigative journalism these days at the Times. They can't meet their profit margins and seek the whole truth anymore. If the nation's paper of record can't do it, how can we expect other news organizations to do what is needed?
The Times has once again lost the bigger picture. This latest "story" has only added to the Republican smoke screen about lying to the American people about the war in Iraq and the atrocities committed there. And the Republicans - aided by the Times - wants to talk about allegations that a Congresswoman lied about whether the Bush administration lied to her? WTF!