A mainstream daily newspaper is catching flack for publishing an op-ed by a leader of the Taliban.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the U.S. had struck a deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan that would, if completed, allow America to bring her troops home after 18 bloody years. That is the good news. But Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center says allowing the leader of that terrorist group an unfiltered platform in a "newspaper of record" is going a bit too far.
"The Bible talks about this," he points out. "Evil people will deceive you. But it's not the job of The New York Times to let them.
The op-ed, "What We, the Taliban, Want," written by Sirajuddin Haqqani, paints the Taliban as peace-loving people who are merely defending themselves against American aggression.
"[It] may be a good time to remind people -- Hey, remember those cool statues they used to have over there that they blew up? Remember how they wouldn't let women be educated? Remember they were behind protecting the guys behind 9/11," Gainor recalls.
And his boss, Tim Winter, has made note of the glaring hypocrisy and misplaced priorities of The New York Times.
"It's always interesting how The New York Times can find space to run terrorist op-eds but can't even do a review of Mark Levin's books," Gainor points out.
Other mainstream outlets, and even some within The Times, are also criticizing the paper for publishing the piece. The Washington Post published a tweet from a New York Times reporter questioning the editorial board's judgement in doing so and reminding readers of how ruthlessly violent the Taliban has been.