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Old 06-04-2007, 02:30 PM   #1
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Another reason why the NYT is a disgrace

NEW YORK TIMES BURIES JFK PLOT STORY


A major terror plot to blow up fuel tanks and a pipeline feeding New York’s JFK airport and nearby residential communities made front-page news this weekend across the nation. The terror story also led all the major network and cable news shows.

But The New York Times didn’t think the story was so important.

In fact, on Sunday the country’s leading liberal daily carried a simple one-paragraph reference to the story on its first page, buried in the news brief section. The Times brief said the plot posed "no imminent danger.”

The front-page brief referred the reader to a full story on Page 30 in the "New York Metro" section of the day’s paper.

Interestingly, the Times story acknowledged the seriousness of the threat, noting that one of the four suspects in the plot, Russell Defreitas, had boasted that the destruction at the airport would be so vast that "even the twin towers can’t touch it.”

The Times reported: "Officials said the four men determined to carry out their attack, having conducted ‘precise and extensive’ surveillance of the airport using photographs, video . . . and satellite images downloaded from Google Earth.

"They said the men had also traveled repeatedly to Guyana and Trinidad in recent months, seeking to obtain the blessing and financial backing of an extremist Muslim group based in Trinidad and Tobago called Jamaat al-Muslimeen, which was behind a failed coup attempt in Trinidad in 1990.

But in downplaying the story, the Times stressed that the airport was "never in imminent danger because the plot was only in a preliminary phase.”

What did the Times deem fit to print on its front page? The two featured stories on the page were headlined: "A legal debate in Guantanamo on boy fighters” and "President’s push on immigration tests GOP base.”

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Don't tell me the NYT is not trying to downplay the war on terror. There is no excuse for this. It sure looks like the main newspaper of the city home to 9/11 and mere minutes away from JFK doesn't think this story is important enough.

And page 30? I cant imagine many people read all the way to page 30 of a newspaper as thick as the NYT.
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How much coverage did they give to

Jose Padilla
the AL qaeda Dirty Bomb (nuclear waste) plotter?
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:45 PM   #3
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Interesting point. This was a big deal, but as you know the NYT is a liberal paper and to give credence to a gov't they don't care for would be beyond them.
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but as you know the NYT is a liberal paper and to give credence to a gov't they don't care for would be beyond them.


How much of a story is a thwarted attack? How much evidence of this attack do we have? Do you know how many thwarted attacks have turned out to almost completely bogus or exagerated at the very least?
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Don't tell me the NYT is not trying to downplay the war on terror. There is no excuse for this.
Maybe if they would print those satellite images you have they would be a much more respectable paper.
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How much of a story is a potential attack on the fuel lines of one of the busiest airports in America? Not important at all, I suppose. You're right, I'll take my seat.
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Thank goodness for the wisdom of the Patriot Act, and that it still exists

I'm sure porn lovers and other online degenerates may have an issues with and struggle with the benefits of national security implemented by the Patriot Act

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How much of a story is a potential attack on the fuel lines of one of the busiest airports in America?
Did you read my whole post? How much evidence of supposed attack did Fox or any other news outlets have?
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Thank goodness for the wisdom of the Patriot Act, and that it still exists

How did they exactly use the patriot act?
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But thats what makes it a great story. Dig, report, find out whats going on here. I personally dont care what FOX or whatever cable outlet is saying. Just report what is going on. JFK is obviously a very important hub in NYC and a lot of people have these types of fears. it's good to put all of the info out there instead of burying it or not considering its news-worthy. You know the WSJ took a different stance, but thats to be expected.
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How did they exactly use the patriot act?
They surveilled them for a year Einstein.
Where have you been?

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what do you believe about Jose Padilla,
baby Einstein?
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But thats what makes it a great story. Dig, report, find out whats going on here.
So you don't know how much evidence, huh?
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But thats what makes it a great story. Dig, report, find out whats going on here. I personally dont care what FOX or whatever cable outlet is saying. Just report what is going on.
Just the straight information

nothing sensational, exaggerated-
to serve an agenda

and certainly don't bury it
or under report it
because it could help someone you don't support?
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They surveilled them for a year Einstein.
Where have you been?

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Read my question again, I asked for specifics, hence the word "exaclty".

"Surveillance" isn't an answer. Surveillance can be used without the Patriot Act. I haven't seen any specifics as to what means were used, but obviously you do, so please share.
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