NYT: 'Journalists Wrinkled Their Nose in Disgust' at Piper's Touching Gesture

When NewsBusters posted the screencap shown here as its Weekend Captionfest on Friday, the result was an outpouring of affectionate reader responses. Typical was this one, from "iveseenitall":
The ladies in my house instantly fell for this kid.  "Oh" and "Oooh" and "Ah". The giggles, the pointing at the t.v. Love all around that night.
The MSM lives in a different house.  Check out this candid observation by New York Times media reporter David Carr in his article in today's NYT [emphasis added]:
In the press galleries at the convention, journalists wrinkled their noses in disgust when Piper, Ms. Palin’s youngest daughter, was filmed kitty-licking her baby brother’s hair into place.
Perhaps better than anything, I'd say that illustrates the cultural gulf that separates the MSM from mostAmericans. It also helps explain why, to the shock and horror of the liberal media, the GOP ticket has taken the lead in this election.  But of course the media still have almost two months to undo America's warm feelings for Palin.

Bonus Coverage: Carr Struggles to Deny NYT Bias

Carr was definitely in a candid mood.  Check out the conclusion of the same article that contains the revelation about the press reaction to Piper. Carr was describing his conversation with a Republican convention delegate [emphasis added]:
Like a lot of delegates at the Xcel — and the woman whom they nominated as John McCain’s running mate — Ms. O’Hara was fired up by all the sudden energy, but a bit suspicious of those who were there to cover it.

“Conservatives have a bad history with The New York Times,” she said, looking at my press ID, still smiling and still very friendly. “How can I be sure that you won’t take my words and twist them to suit some agenda that you already have?”

Her friends from Montana leaned in and enjoyed the spectacle as I stammered my way through a response. I’m working on an answer because I don’t think it is the last time that question is going to come up.
Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.