Here’s a news story from the NY Post that should help us all understand what the NY Times is really about:
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.Well, of course, the NYT would refuse to disclose the price it charged MoveOn.org and why it give a discount. Those are Times’ business secrets.
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 Us."
According to Abbe Serphos, director of public relations for the Times, "the open rate for an ad of that size and type is $181,692."
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.
A Post reporter who called the Times advertising department yesterday without identifying himself was quoted a price of $167,000 for a full-page black-and-white ad on a Monday.
Serphos declined to confirm the price and refused to offer any inkling for why the paper would give MoveOn.org such a discounted price.
The Times never discloses its business secrets; it only discloses U.S. security secrets.
The Post story concludes:
Citing the shared liberal bent of the group and the Times, one Republican aide on Capitol Hill speculated that it was the "family discount."It’s truly sad and dangerous for our country that so many liberals have fallen in with leftists who work activily against America by engaging in such actions as the Betray Us ad.
"I'm surprised they had to pay anything at all for the ad," the GOP staffer said. "They could have just asked the editorial page to run it and it wouldn't have cost them a cent."
Senator John McCain, a Naval Academy graduate who later served as a pilot in Vietnam and endured five years of torture as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese, provides some perspective on the Betray Us ad:
"There is no greater slander to a soldier than an accusation of betrayal to his nation," said Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam War hero and Republican presidential contender in his own right. "I do not understand why those seeking to be commander-in-chief have yet to forcefully denounce, in their own words, this McCarthyite attack on our commander."I’ll post again on the Betray Us ad.