There was a riot in Times Square late Sunday night. Gangs of youths descended on the area for what Mayor Bloomberg described as a "wilding" episode. Four people were shot and fifty-four people were arrested. One person was shot right outside the front door of the New York Times building.
Where did the Times choose to report this in Tuesday's paper? On page A22, buried where few would see it. After all, the rioters were minorities and you wouldn't want to put them in a bad light.
And what did the Times choose to put on the front page instead? "Priest Charged With Abuse in U.S. Is Still Serving in India." This was the sixth time in seven days they've put the Catholic church abuse scandal on the front page.
I have no doubt that those priests are for the most part a bunch of perverts. (What else would you expect of a job which forbids marriage?) But this has only been going on for a thousand years or so. Has it been worthy of front page coverage for the entire past week?
Or might the Times be carrying on some sort of vendetta?