If that old maxim is true, then we're living in a golden age.
In tomorrow's edition of the Arts and Leisure section, The New York Times joins Fox News in its journalistic disregard for accuracy in the coverage of the cartoon buttocks issue.
You may recall that in January, Fox television executives were compelled by the FCC's indecency crackdown to pixillate the exposed butt of Stew, a cartoon character on the animated Fox series The Family Guy.
In the February 20 edition of the New York Times Arts and Leisure section, page 32 contains a full page photo-essay about MTV's promotional spots and imagery. In the image above, you can see the MTV images which The Times reprinted, with the caption:
"This on-air promotion used simple animation and graphics to parody sexual stereotypes."
But a Times editor apparently found the hand-on-butt action too saucy for the cover of Arts and Leisure, so they ran with a screenshot which leaves hand and butt romantically unattached. The meaning that is so clear on page 32, which is even funny (fulfilling The New York Times humor quotient until April, 2006), is completely lost. But at least nobody can accuse The Times of promoting the gay agenda!
At least Fox has the FCC to answer to. What's the old grey lady's excuse? Why is it OK to run gay marriage announcements, but it's not OK to show clearly non-gay cartoon characters (the baseball players), expressing sportsmanlike camaraderie in a realistic fashion? At least on the front page of Section Two, anyway.
UPDATE: I corrected this post to reflect the fact that The Times did not in fact airbrush the images on page 32, but rather used a different screenshot from the MTV animation in order to protect society from the North American Cartoon Hand-Butt Love Association.