Breaking Glass

The Psychopathic Press

According to medical consensus, a psychopath is a person who feels no connection with other people, and who cannot therefore know the slightest remorse, any shame or guilt, no matter how horrendous the sufferings he inflicts.  And that brings me, neatly, to the New York Times, the nation’s newspaper of record, and an exemplar of psychopathic behavior.

This past summer, the Times reported prominently on the suicide of scientist Bruce Ivins, who had become the leading suspect in the still-mysterious anthrax attacks that further terrified an already shaken America in the months following the September 11 attacks.  Although his motivation remains uncertain, the media speculated that Ivins might have launched these attacks in order to gain financially, or perhaps to draw further government support for his own research.  I stress the word speculated, as it is unlikely that any evidence against the man would have stood up in court.  As the Times properly noted, the evidence was quite circumstantial, and any account from government agencies must be read with due caution.  For reasons I will make clear shortly, this last remark should leave observers gasping with amazement at the paper’s gall.

In passing, the Times also noted that the government probably planned a full exoneration of the previous prime suspect, Dr. Steven J. Hatfill.  The federal Department...

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