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Sigh. Elizabeth, We Hardly Knew Ye!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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Yesterday I interviewed Cleveland Plain Dealer foreign affairs columnist Elizabeth Sullivan. 

The transcript is here.

I had sought Ms. Sullivan out because of her defense of the New York Times, and in reviewing her work was impressed that unlike many MSMers from the left, she was part of a military family, which made her robust defense of the Times even more unusual to me.

Turns out a bit more disclosure from Ms. Sullivan might have been in order.  She’s the daughter, according to blogger Roscoe Daley, of a prominent New York Times editor.

It doesn’t discredit her defense of the Times to have such a connection, of course, and you can read for yourself her arguments which didn’t persuade me or much of my audience.

And she was much more forthcoming on her lefty worldview than most of my MSM guests.

But “transparency” might have pushed her to declare in column or on air that she is friend and ally of Rome.  If her marriage to a career military man and her love for her step son, currently deployed is relevant –and they are, in my book– so too is her connection to the subject of the discussion.

Knowing the lie of the green is what allows golfers to adjust the direction of his putt.  Knowing the background of the reporter/editor/columnist allows a reader/listener to adjust the degree of skepticism with which that reporter/editor/columnist’s words are accepted.

Second question: Does the Cleveland Plain Dealer have a staff columnist with views opposite of Ms. Sullivan’s on Iraq, MSM, abortion, same sex marriage and vouchers?  If not, how fair can the paper be in its coverage of those and related topics?

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