New York Times receives "powder" envelope (Update: Prank)

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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