This would have undoubtedly provoked even louder howls from the right. But wouldn’t the Times rather be defending itself for taking a principled stand—instead of defending tenuous arguments about newsworthiness that serve only to feed the paper’s reputation as a vehicle for thinly veiled liberal bias?

Lester Feder is a freelance reporter based in Washington, D.C., and a research scientist at George Washington University School of Public Health.