Politics

A New York Times Hatchet Job

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In a “Political Memo,” the New York Times complains that Rudy Giuliani’s website emphasizes the positives and ignores the negatives (e.g., his two divorces).

A sample:

As many political analysts have frequently pointed out, his record and conduct before the terrorist attack is not well known to those beyond the borders of New York City, and as a private citizen for the last five years, he hasn’t had to illuminate the public about his position on anything from Iraq to global warming, unless he has chosen to.

The site won’t fill in the blanks, focusing as it naturally does on Mr. Giuliani’s strongest and best-known accomplishments, like presiding over a significant reduction in crime and becoming “America’s Mayor� after Sept. 11.

His record is portrayed only in a successful light. Missing is any reference to the famous Giuliani combativeness, which he and many (not all) New Yorkers seemed to relish; that crime had actually had begun to go down before he took office; that the city, which improved in many areas during his mayoralty, was still not a Utopia after two terms of his leadership; that polls showed that many New Yorkers, including some who had voted for him, had grown weary of his pugnacious style.

When someone finds a presidential candidate’s website that presents a “balanced” portrayal, please let me know. And, no, I won’t hold my breath.