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Kennedy and NYT: Using the Same Playbook

Sen. Ted Kennedy’s statement today was perfectly in sync with this New York Times editorial (see Ed Whelan’s take in Bench Memos). Compare the two for yourself. Here’s the NYT:

The Senate should also explore Judge Alito’s honesty. According to a senator he met with, he tried to dismiss his statement about the Constitution’s not protecting abortion as merely part of a job application, which suggests he will bend the truth when it suits his purposes. Judge Alito has said he does not recall being in an ultraconservative group called Concerned Alumni of Princeton, which opposed co-education and affirmative action. That is odd, since he boasted of his membership in that same 1985 job application.

The “senator” in question was obviously Kennedy — he wrote about the alleged exchange in this op-ed for the Washington Post (again, see Bench Memos for analysis). Here’s Kennedy’s statement from today:

And when I look at that record in light of his 1985 job application to the Reagan Justice Department, it is even more troubling. That document lays out an ideological agenda that highlights his pride in belonging to an alumni group at Princeton that opposed the admission of women and proposed to curb the admission of racial minorities. It proclaims his legal opinion that the Constitution does not protect the right of women to make their own reproductive decisions. It expresses outright hostility to the basic principle of one person, one vote, affirmed by the Supreme Court as essential to ensuring that all Americans have a voice in their government.

Is Kennedy officially on the NYT editorial board, or is he just a consultant, or what? Perhaps the editorial refers to “a senator” like some news stories refer to “a reporter” — a device used when the author is also a source for the piece.
Video here.
UPDATE: Byron York has a piece just posted on NRO debunking aspects of Kennedy’s statement.

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