A colleague familiar with the ways of the media elite told me: “No one pays much attention to Ross Douthat” (The New York Times Columnist). I now see why.
Douthat caught my attention in April 2011, when he pointed out that Obama could have his European welfare state by simply letting the Bush tax cuts expire. (The NYT Lets the Cat Out of the Bag: Reduce the Deficit By Raising Taxes on the Middle-Class Without Doing Anything).
In Sunday’s Times, Douthat committed a cardinal sin in his The Media’s Abortion Blinders. I quote:
“Conservative complaints about media bias are sometimes overdrawn. But on the abortion issue, the press’s prejudices are often absolute, its biases blatant and its blinders impenetrable. In many newsrooms and television studios across the country, Planned Parenthood is regarded as … an apolitical, high-minded and humanitarian institution whose work no rational person — and certainly no self-respecting woman — could possibly question or oppose. But of course millions of Americans — including, yes, millions of American women — do oppose Planned Parenthood. They oppose the 300,000-plus abortions it performs every year (making it the largest abortion provider in the country), and they oppose its tireless opposition to even modest limits on abortion.”
How can the media elite tolerate such heresy from one of their own?