Vigilis Accuracy Torpedoes Major Blogger over the Petraeus Ad
First, a mega-blogger took little Vigilis's blog to task like Denmark's Muslims took an editor to task over another (the Mohammad) cartoon! BradF said, "your radical political views seem to have led to a difficult relationship with either facts or research on this blog."
Brad's hissy fit is attributed to his belief that the New York Times's ad rate for MoveOn's Petraeus rant was a customary rate for the level of service provided. See (BradF's) comment here. For the record, Vigilis advised BradF yesterday, "Just because the NYT had time to think of a damage control story contradicting their own executive does not mean critical thinkers will believe (or ought to believe) the latter is credible."
Now, today, the truth (again from within the New York Times) comes out. MoveOn was given a hugely favorable pricebreak on advertising for its Senate-criticized rant against General Petraeus.
NY Times ombudsman says MoveOn ad violated standards
Monday, September 24, 2007 By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The New York Times' ombudsman says the newspaper violated its standards when it gave the liberal activist group MoveOn.org a $77,508 price break on a full-page advertisement targeting Gen. David H. Petraeus. The organization paid $64,575, instead of the standard $142,083, for the ad questioning the war in Iraq, public editor Clark Hoyt wrote in a column published Sunday. Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis told Hoyt that an advertising sales representative shouldn't have agreed to the discounted price. The ad seemed to disregard internal advertising standards that ban ads involving attacks of a personal nature, Hoyt wrote. "We made a mistake," she told Hoyt. [emphasis added]