Who Benefits From NY Times Mea Culpa?
Why would the New York Times admit to wrongly publishing classified information just two weeks before an election? Yes, it’s that big because it is breaking Sunday and is going to take up a lot of ink and TV time this coming week, right before an election. And the tenor of the conversation is going to help the Republicans and George Bush while also motivating the conservative base.
Assuming there was even a remote possibility of prosecution for publishing classified material, the Times would be reluctant to put a mea culpa in print. But get conspiratorial and ask yourself who this really helps the most. The answer is Hillary Clinton.
While probably not the only motivation, I wouldn’t be surprised if it entered into the calculus. Hillary is the NY Times dream, not Nancy Pelosi and the House.
As I recently posted, the worst thing in the world for a Hillary Presidential bid in 08 is two years of uber-liberal Democrats running wild through the halls of congress and a mid-term result that strengthens the also uber-Liberal Netroots.
Hillary would welcome near parity in the congress for now. But a majority threatens her ultimate ambition more than Karl Rove. If Dean and the Netroots crash, Hillary, the Democratic Leadership Conference and the Blue Dog Dems are the only ones around to pick up the pieces heading into 2008.
Unlike Patterico, I wouldn’t want Calame to resign. Why throw out an Editor when you have him on record publicly acknowledging the mistake and that the NY Times doesn’t like George Bush? I’d prefer having him right where he is.