by Hilary White

NEW YORK, September 28, 2006 ( – The New York Times reputation for objectivity took another blow today as one of that paper’s reporters has ripped into those who would “threaten abortion rights.”

Linda Greenhouse, speaking at a Harvard University appearance this summer, complained of a “sustained assault on women’s reproductive freedom and the hijacking of public policy by religious fundamentalism. To say that these last few years have been dispiriting is an understatement.”

Greenhouse, who received a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the Supreme Court, told National Public Radio (NPR) she would not be backing away from the remarks, saying, “Let the chips fall where they may.”

MSNBC reports that Greenhouse has been reprimanded by the NYT for her participation in 1989 in a large abortion rally in Washington.

NPR’s interviewer quoted Daniel Okrent, who served as the Times’ first public editor, as saying he was surprised by her remarks.

“It’s been a basic tenet of journalism … that the reporter’s ideology (has) to be suppressed and submerged, so the reader has absolute confidence that what he or she is reading is not coloured by previous views,” he said.

The job of a public editor at a newspaper is to criticise the practices, standards and culture of the newspaper, to identify and examine critical errors and omissions, and to act as a liaison to the public.

It has long been well known, however, that the New York Times is heavily biased in favour of abortion and the full political and social program of radical feminism. The Times has been a major influence behind many of the legal changes that have transformed North American Society according to feminist ideas.

A search of the New York Times website reveals that Linda Greenhouse has covered the abortion issue in at least 138 articles since 1981 as part of her Supreme Court coverage. Many of her articles in the last 20 years have featured the fears of abortion activists that their movement has been “under threat” by various forces, particularly the “religious right.”

Okrent told NPR he had not received a single complaint of bias in Greenhouse’s reporting.