As noted yesterday, unhinged lefties who read the New York Times are ready to lynch Bill Kristol. But they and the paper’s ombudsman have nothing to say–nada–about the clear conflict of interests of liberal Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse.
The name should ring a bell. In 1989, a year in which she wrote two dozen stories about abortion, Greenhouse marched in an abortion-rights rally in Washington. She wasn’t covering it. She was a participant–despite
the paper’s ethics policy banning political activism by its journalists. In June 2006, she delivered a left-wing diatribe at Harvard ripping the Bush administration and conservatives, lamenting that “our government had turned its energy and attention away from upholding the rule of law and toward creating law-free zones at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Haditha, and other places around the world. And let’s not forget the sustained assault on women’s reproductive freedom and the hijacking of public policy by religious fundamentalism.”
And now? Now, NRO’s Ed Whelan has uncovered Greenhouse’s unethical failure to disclose that her lawyer husband, Eugene Fidell, has been filing amicus briefs for Gitmo detainees. In other words, he has been actively participating in the same cases that Greenhouse was reporting on–and neither she nor the paper informed readers.
Whelan notified NYT ombudsman Clark Hoyt, who questioned Greenhouse. Greenhouse basically blew Hoyt off. Hoyt then blew Whelan off by aping Greenhouse’s bogus hair-splitting over whether her husband “represented” detainees and when. Paul Mirengoff at Power Line rightly notes that “Greenhouse’s ‘denial’ is a pathetic evasion.”
Greenhouse has gotten away with her “ethics for thee, but not for me” routine for decades. Will she get away with it again?
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