Author Exposes Most Influential U.S. Newspaper's Leftist Slant

by Chad Groening

(AgapePress) A conservative columnist says the liberal bias of The New York Times extends far beyond the environs of New York and should be a matter of concern to every American.

As a native New Yorker, Bob Kohn grew up reading the Times. But now the columnist for WorldNetDaily has written a book about the newspaper called Journalistic Fraud: How The New York Times Distorts the News and Why it Can No Longer Be Trusted (WND Books, 2003).

Kohn says every other liberal news agency follows the Times, even broadcast news organizations. "The old joke applies -- Peter Jennings is not a 'yes' man. If The New York Times says 'no,' Peter Jennings says 'no,'" the author says.

And Kohn asserts that the Times is blatantly biased in the way it covers U.S. politics. He says the paper tries to make George W. Bush look bad while it puts a positive spin on scandal-ridden Bill Clinton. He notes that when good news happens for the current administration, the paper does not mention Bush's name. However, Kohn says the same page of the Times will credit Bush for bad news.

Meanwhile, the columnist claims Times writers are constantly "covering up all of the problems of the Clinton Administration, trying to put the best spin on his legacy."

Kohn wants readers of other newspapers across the U.S. to realize that the influence of the Times goes "way beyond New York," and that much of the liberal bias Americans are reading and hearing originates with the 89-Pulitzer prize-winning paper that Kohn says "sets the agenda for the nation's news."

Kohn points out that television news anchors like Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, and Dan Rather have about 15 million viewers each. "They don't quote people like Rush Limbaugh, but they quote The New York Times every night," he says.

The New York Times Company publishes The New York Times newspaper, The Boston Globe, and 22 other newspapers in addition to operating eight network-affiliated television stations, two New York radio stations, extensive news distribution services, and a number of Internet properties.

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