Either the victory of homosexual “marriage” in Ireland has just made the New York Times editors giddy beyond belief or someone in the NYT offices was passing around the champagne.
But in a rare burst of unguarded liberal honesty, the New York Times — still thought by some people, especially those who work there, to be a leading voice of public opinion — declared the traditional family model of a wedded mother and a father raising children together in the same household an “absurdity.”
It’s important to note that this was the esteemed NYT Editorial Board saying this, not just the odd crank writer who occasionally makes an appearance on the op-ed page.
The Iona Institute is a conservative Irish think tank that led the campaign to block homosexual “marriage” in Ireland. After the recent electoral loss, the institute issued a very polite, formal congratulatory statement to its opponents on a hard-fought campaign.
In that statement, the institute also said it would continue to fight for traditional marriage and stand up for the importance of heterosexual parents to children.
“Going forward, we will continue to affirm the importance of the biological ties and of motherhood and fatherhood,” the institute statement read.
Citing those words, the NYT then countered, “The absurdity of that statement speaks for itself.”
Glass houses, eh?
In my former life as a journalist, I first became aware — or perhaps first admitted to myself — that the NYT was slipping the rails in the mid-1990s, when I realized how much of a cheerleading section for President Clinton and the Democrats the paper had become, and how far from the journalistic ideals taught in my college that paper was beginning to stray on a regular basis.
But nowadays, the NYT is completely off the map, in a world of its own.
When supposedly intelligent journalists can in all seriousness publish a statement calling traditional families absurd, then we’re long past the blind leading the blind — with the NYT, it’s the delusional leading the gullible.
The real reason the once-mighty newspaper industry has collapsed and all but disappeared is that editors around the country lost sight of their target audience and its needs, not the least of which was a politically fair — not even unbiased, just fair and intelligent — voice delivering the day’s news. The news wire services, including the NYT and AP, didn’t do their clients any favors in that regard.
By branding traditional bonds of motherhood and fatherhood “absurd,” the NYT Editorial Board is demonstrating that it not only has lost sight of its target audience, it has lost touch with reality altogether.
The only real mystery about the New York Times’ statement is why anyone would continue to pay for that fish wrapper.