New York Times receives “powder” envelope (Update: Prank)

posted at 3:43 pm on July 14, 2006 by Bryan

Think about this.

The NYT publishes all kinds of wartime secrets. Conservatives criticize the NYT for publishing those secrets, believing that such publication helps terrorists. Then, the NYT gets one of those envelopes we all used to dread.

Not the Publisher’s Clearinghouse thing. Or the fifth offer this week to lower our mortgage rate.

An envelope with white powder in it. Remember that? Even though there’s absolutely no evidence, it must may be probably isn’t the work of angry conservatives. But al-Reuters insinuates the connection anyway:

“At about 12:30 p.m. (1630 GMT) this afternoon … an employee opened an envelope that contained a white powdery substance. The envelope was handwritten and addressed to the New York Times, not to any individual. The postmark was from Philadelphia with no return address,” said Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis.

Emergency vehicles and an ambulance were parked outside the newspaper’s offices on 43rd Street to investigate the incident. The New York Police Department confirmed it was investigating the incident.

Conservatives have criticized the Times recent weeks for writing about the Bush administration’s covert efforts to stamp out terrorism financing.

This week protesters rallied outside the newspaper to object to its decision to publish details about terrorism financing and secret government programs to monitor phone conversations of U.S. citizens.

Don’t you love that non-sequitur in the middle of a “news” story, whispering a smear at the majority of the country. Why, that’s just the kind of writing that’ll get you a gig at Time magazine.

Think about it.

Update (Allahpundit): You know who I blame? Michelle Malkin. She criticized the Times, didn’t she?

Well, there you go.

Update (Allahpundit): As suspected, it was a prank. A vicious, disgusting prank.

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All the news outlets pull that crap. in the middle of a news story they inject some BS.
Didn’t KOS attack the times recently for being too conservative?
Wish they would just report the news

Wyrd on July 14, 2006 at 3:48 PM

Of course the VRWC is behind everything. The moon followed them home last night? VRWC!

kaseiryu on July 14, 2006 at 3:57 PM

And they didn’t snort it?

Perchant on July 14, 2006 at 3:59 PM

Yeah, that was REAL subtle. Actually, I think it must be residue from all the crack they must be smoking.

BrunoMitchell on July 14, 2006 at 4:02 PM

If it was one of us, they wouldn’t of lived long enough report it. When we conservatives set out to do something, we do it right.

After all, isn’t the left screaming that we are callous warmongering animals that need to be euthanized anyway?

E L Frederick on July 14, 2006 at 4:12 PM

Reported is an envelope with a hand written letter was opened, and there was white powder in it, but what did the letter say? Was it threatening? Did it blast the Slimes for being anti-American? Aside from the demonstration where is the connection?

It is clear how those at Al-Reuters think. Let’s totally forget that they recently laid off hundreds of people at the Times and that some liberals consider the reporters there to be too conservative Take take this chance to label righties as being the type to act in this manner. Dan Rather got away with this sort of trash reporting, right?

DannoJyd on July 14, 2006 at 4:22 PM

They need a lttle sympathy. See we are the victims…we get attacked… we are not out to do any harm…

Theworldisnotenough on July 14, 2006 at 4:51 PM

I question the timing of this… ;-)

The evidence clearly suggests that the Times staged this attack on themselves in order to gather support for their cause. This is exactly what Bush did on 9/11, right?

I’m waiting for the moonbats to release a video explaining how this had to have been an inside job.

Eric12470210 on July 14, 2006 at 5:10 PM

Sure… this one we’ll call “Loose Screws”… describes their brains perfectly anyway…


RobertHuntingdon on July 14, 2006 at 5:23 PM

That Josh Marshall is brilliant, brilliant I tell, you. What better way to submit your application for the position of Karl Rove’s executive assistant than his Time column? And mailing a questionable envelope to the NYT? That’s just showing off, IMO.

The job is his, for sure. In. the. bag.

(Though, now that I think about it, I question the timing of my own analysis…)

Kadnine on July 14, 2006 at 5:26 PM

Not only has Malkin criticized the Times, but she hasn’t expressed any remorse now that this has happened. Where is the decency?

Jim Treacher on July 14, 2006 at 5:38 PM

And wait…. in her Vent today, wasn’t there a SALT SHAKER on her table??? HUH???

And she apparently KNOWS HOW TO WRITE!!!

See? proof positive…

Come one Michelle… admit it…

/takes off his tinfoil hat…

Romeo13 on July 14, 2006 at 5:51 PM

Hahaha! Romeo, salt isn’t a powder. Besides, Michelle would have delivered such a letter in person.

We still don’t know the content of the letter, nor do we know what the powder was. Leave it to the liberals to ignore the facts and just the facts, ma’am.

DannoJyd on July 14, 2006 at 6:37 PM

The letter had a copy of the Times’s editorial about the SWIFT program with a big red X through it.

Allahpundit on July 14, 2006 at 6:39 PM

I guess we have a few people on ‘our side’ who are unhinged enough to do something like this….

But I figure that the odds are about 95-5 that THEY did it themselves so that they could blame conservatives. Just one more tool (and an increasingly popular one) in their bag of tricks, that substitutes for having any actual workable ideas.

LegendHasIt on July 14, 2006 at 6:40 PM

Please. I’m sure they didn’t do it themselves.

Allahpundit on July 14, 2006 at 6:42 PM

It’s not an inside ‘blow’ job, but it is a pathetic attempt to use another terrorist’s plot to send as a message. The terrorists do that crap, we don’t.

shooter on July 14, 2006 at 6:56 PM

The letter had a copy of the Times’s editorial about the SWIFT program with a big red X through it.

Still could be from a disgruntaled ex-employee thus I can remain outraged by the al-Reuter implication. Besides, a conservative would be smart enough to not use his/her own handwriting. >;o)

DannoJyd on July 14, 2006 at 7:09 PM

Maybe a gift of Persian White heroin from the grateful AQ leadership…

speed647 on July 14, 2006 at 9:46 PM

Would a heavily powdered sugar donut left on the table of Times magazine be any different?

Kokonut on July 15, 2006 at 10:22 AM

Guys, stop talking about food… I’m fasting!

JamesVersusEveryone on July 15, 2006 at 10:47 AM

Reuters, the Associated Press, and in fact the rest of the MSM is so confused that they mistake opposition to the NYT’s leaking of national secrets as conservativism, instead of what it really is: nationalism. You know… borders, language, culture, emerging from a war against radical Islam victorious instead of the loser — that kind of stuff (apologies to Michael Savage).

There was a time when it was perfectly acceptable to be a Democrat AND a Nationalist. The 60s planted the seed to change this, and now it has grown to fruition. Those few Nationalists remaining in the Democrat party are too afraid to speak out, lest they get Liebermanized by the 419s in charge of the party now.

Dave Shay on July 16, 2006 at 12:01 PM

I’d have to agree that this one is probably self-inflicted. The Slimes manufacture most of their “news” as it is, so why not give yourself a shot of Victim Juice with a story about how the “evil” conservatives just MUST have done it.

“Keep digging Cornelius, you’ll soon find the master of this house, an ape.” – Dr. Zaius

TheSev on July 16, 2006 at 4:54 PM

If if was non-threatening and non-hazardous why won’t they tell it what it was?

Or was it something so crass and plebian they are ashamed to tell us?

Is this a cover-up?

I think it was Kerry. Pass it on.

entagor on July 17, 2006 at 11:19 PM