No, not to shareholders! To students at commencement for not being liberal enough!
Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the Chairman of the New York Times Company, made a commencement apology for not being enough of a raging liberal!
The clip segment from the speech is posted below. Here is an audio segment from that speech:
Sulzberger was arrested twice in the 1960s anti-Vietnam War demonstrations. He said he preferred to see Americans, not a North Vietnamese, get shot during Vietnam War because “It’s the other guy’s country.”
Today he is chairman of the New York Times.
Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and President Steven G. Poskanzer
State University of New York New Paltz
Commencement May 2006
From Arthur Sulzberger Jr.’s Commencement speech on May 21, 2006:
I’ll start with an apology.
When I graduated from college in 1974, my fellow students and I had just ended the war in Vietnam and ousted President Nixon. Okay, that’s not quite true. Yes, the war did end and yes, Nixon did resign in disgrace – but maybe there were larger forces at play.
Either way, we entered the real world committed to making it a better, safer, cleaner, more equal place. We were determined not to repeat the mistakes of our predecessors. We had seen the horrors and futility of war and smelled the stench of corruption in government.
Our children, we vowed, would never know that.
So, well, sorry. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
You weren’t supposed to be graduating into an America fighting a misbegotten war in a foreign land.
You weren’t supposed to be graduating into a world where we are still fighting for fundamental human rights, be it the rights of immigrants to start a new life; the rights of gays to marry; or the rights of women to choose.
You weren’t supposed to be graduating into a world where oil still drives policy and environmentalists have to relentlessly fight for every gain.
You weren’t. But you are. And for that I’m sorry.
News Busters posted the video. It can also be viewed here.
Times Watch also reported on Sulzberger’s outrageous rant to the class of ’06.
Joe’s Dartblog compares the commencement speech of ultra-liberal Sulzberger to the speeches given by John McCain and Condi. Funny, Sulzberger did not get the same disrespectful response from the kids and profs as Condi did. The staff must be very proud at New Paltz. Another successful year of indoctrination!
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Brothers Judd is right on… It’s the Vietnamese that Arthur owes the apology to, not the students!
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From the New York Times Company:
Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. was named chairman of The New York Times Company on October 16, 1997. As the Company’s senior executive, he is responsible for its long-term business strategy. Mr. Sulzberger, who became publisher of The New York Times in 1992, continues to run the Company’s flagship enterprise on a day-to-day basis.