The New York Times,   No matter what they say, I don’t think it’s possible to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.  The New York Times does, though. 

The former “paper of record,” “the Old Gray Lady,” currently on life support with a DNR notice above its sick bed, does not literally believe in the possibility of the conversion of a dirty pig’s ear into a pricey handbag but it does seem to think it can convert Sen. Harry Reid into a winner.

Courtesy Elect Sharron Angle   The Times made a final desperate shot last Friday toward that end in its front page article, “In Nevada, It’s Hold Nose and Cast Vote,” the chief premise of which is that both Reid and his Republican conservative opponent, Sharron Angle, stink, at least in the noses of most Nevadans and possibly in the opinion of the article writers, Dan Barry and Michael Cooper. 

The underlying message in the piece is that, since both Reid and Angle are rotten candidates, why not go with the most powerful one?

The Times reporters interviewed a number of Democrats and Republicans for “In Nevada, It’s Hold Nose and Cast Vote,” which would seem to suggest equitable reporting.  However, as points out, without quoting a single Republican who fears the thought of Harry losing, the Times article went on to say that, “Some Republicans fear losing such a powerful ally [that would be Harry] in Washington.” 

The theory is that Reid would be best able to help snap Nevada out of its economic doldrums which are highlighted by a 14.4% unemployment rate. 

Missing from the Times article is that statistic and the fact that the unemployment in January 2007 when Reid became Senate Majority Leader was 4.4%:

Apparently, he hasn’t done much good for the “Silver State” in the last 22 months. 

Also absent in the Times piece is mention of any specific Nevada Republicans who said they disliked Sharron Angle compared with the intensity of their disaffection for Reid. The closest is a comment by a Republican consultant, Ryan Erwin, who thought that, “More people in Nevada dislike these candidates than like them.  It’s [the election's] going to be about which side is going to persuade voters that the other candidate is worse:”

The New York Times still boasts on its masthead that it prints “all the news that’s fit to print” even though in recent decades it has tended to print only the news that fits– its left wing ideology.