Newsbusters‘ Noel Sheppard sums up the New York Times’ defense of Hussein:
Assume for a second that it is 1945, and it has just been learned that Adolph Hitler is dead. Would America’s media offer this madman the respect of referring to him as “Mr. Hitler?” Well, if the newspaper in question was the New York Times, the answer might definitely be “Yes,” for in a New Year’s day article about the supposed “rush to hang” the former genocidal leader of Iraq, the Times regularly referred to the now demised despot as “Mr. Hussein”.