The "Ultra-Conservative" Paul Weyrich an "Unbending Ideologue"

Even in marking the death of conservative icon Paul Weyrich (pictured), the Times couldn't resist piling on unflattering labels.

Reporter Bruce Weber's obituary Friday for Paul Weyrich, one of the founders of the modern conservative movement, relied on unflattering ideological tags, including "ultra-conservative." The Times has previously used that adjective to describe politicians in Iran andSaudi Arabia - and Times Watch's parent organization, the Media Research Center.

A writer, a lobbyist and an organizer on behalf of conservative causes and especially social conservatism, Mr. Weyrich (pronounced WY-rick) was one of the far right's most unbending ideologues. He was widely credited with coining the phrase "moral majority" as a rallying label for social conservatives. It became the name of the religion-based political organization that was led by the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

A deacon in the ultra-conservative Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Mr. Weyrich openly fused his faith and his politics.

A Nexis search indicates that no Times reporter in the last five years has used the term "ultra-liberal" to describe a politician or political group. And Tim Graham at NewsBusters wonders why the Times can never be generous to conservatives even in death.