For several years I have been a faithful reader of the New York Times. Each morning I have an e-mail delivered with a rundown of the day's top stories, and each Sunday I buy a hard copy from the newsstand. For my money, the paper has the best foreign news available in the US, and from what i have been able to tell, there isn't really much of an actual bias. Does the paper call the Bush Administration to task whenever they make egregious mistakes? Of course, but that's just a good editorial policy, not a biased one.
However, as I looked through today's issue I was horrified by a glaring absence that proves without a doubt that a severe left wing bias is present.
No sport has grown in popularity more than NASCAR in the past decade, and this season seems to be generating more excitement than most. The most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., changed his team, number, and sponsor. television ratings are up and cost of broadcast rights continues to rise. And 23-year-old Kyle Busch just won his seventh Sprint Cup race last night in a dramatic come from behind finish on the penultimate lap.
However, there is no mention of NASCAR anywhere in today's paper.
Apparently the New York Times thinks that NASCAR is a sport with only redneck illiterates for fans, with said fans being the bread and butter of the right-wing Republican party in the South, and therefore feel that they can shun the sport to cover other more elitist sports like horse racing or cycling.
Is it too much to hope for a paper that delivers quality foreign reporting with detailed coverage of stock car racing? And why do I feel so uneasy about the ease with which I just delivered a debilitating blow to the paper claiming they have 'all the news that's fit to print?'