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Monday, June 26, 2006
On Burying Negative News
Topic: Newsmax
In a June 26 article, NewsMax complained that the New York Times "buried a report" that Rep. Peter King was urging the Bush administration to seek criminal charges against the Times for reporting on a secret financial-monitoring program used to trace terrorists.

How is this any different than NewsMax's own longtime refusal to disclose its ownership to its readers? We were the first to report in 2002 (four years after NewsMax's founding) that Richard Mellon Scaife is an investor in NewsMax -- something that would be relevant to readers given Scaife's longtime antipathy toward the Clintons and NewsMax's anti-Clintonism -- and that came to light only because NewsMax filed for an IPO (later abandoned). Still, it was not until June 2005 that NewsMax put this information on its website for readers to see -- and that was only because the New York Times reported it.

Burying something far down in a story and burying something for seven years are two different things. NewsMax, having done the latter, should know the difference.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:08 PM EDT

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