NYT Has No Space to Tell You It’s an Oil Industry Group Saying That Spills Aren’t So Bad

The formula for “contrarian” journalism was aptly summed up by Wonkette (1/6/09): Take a widely accepted belief (e.g., “Dogs make good pets”) and write a cool 600 words arguing why its opposite is SECRETLY truer (“Why all dogs should die”). Of course, it helps if the upside-down world you’re proposing turns out to be one that is surprisingly cozy to powerful corporate interests. Thus the piece that appeared on the front page of the New York Times today (4/4/10) arguing that maybe we’re all a little too worried about that oil spill in the Gulf. To back up this counterintuitive […]