It seems that one of Richard Blumenthal’s potential Republican opponents, Linda McMahon, served up to the New York Times the information regarding his Vietnam-service fakery. This raises two interesting questions. Neither of them is did McMahon’s camp do anything untoward or will it benefit from slaying Blumenthal. (No and yes are the easy answers, respectively, to those.)
First, why didn’t the Times identify the source? After all, it is relevant for readers to know where it came from. And now the Times looks like it was hiding the ball. Maybe McMahon’s team demanded it be unsourced. Well, poppycock. The Times should have said no in that case. The McMahon camp, more than the Times, needed to get the story out.
And this raises the second question: why didn’t the Times itself uncover the scoop? As its story details, there was plenty of information available. How could the “paper of record” have failed to figure it out on its own? Hmm. Could be the Gray Lady only spends time digging through Republicans’ war records and the Wasilla public library.
Now to give credit, the Times did run the story. But if it hadn’t, another outlet would have gotten the story, and once again tongues would wag that liberals’ favorite paper has a selective research team. Maybe Clark Hoyt will answer these questions. Well, we can always hope.