October 27, 2018
I just want to give an update on the absolute state of the Jewish New York Times.
This is not an op-ed.
This is just the way they write news stories about Donald Trump now.
They’ve sort of eased into this over a period of years so the people who read the paper – including myself – don’t grasp the full scope of how the basic mechanics of their reporting have been fundamentally altered to include a series of weasel words, buzzwords, rhetoric and other forms of charged language in what is ostensibly a reporting of a news item in a nonpartisan fashion.
They are all basically written as vignettes, forcing a frame on every paragraph. It is on par with cable news.
For those who don’t know, they did not ever do this before. They would print op-eds in a separate section. And while the news reporting was biased, the bias was mainly in what they chose to report – not an open attempt to force-inject opinion.
As a person who has read the paper his entire adult life (I used to pay $3 for the paper copy, way back in the old days), it is an incredible thing to see.
For two days, the president toyed with a bipartisan message and watched as the news cycle focused not on him, and not on the midterm elections, but on at least 14 explosive devices delivered to prominent Democratic figures.
By Friday, he had had enough.
As he left Washington for his latest campaign rally here, President Trump made it clear that he was no longer going to sit through another news cycle without President Trump at the center.
“The Republicans had tremendous momentum, and then, of course, this happened, where all that you people talked about was that,” Mr. Trump said to reporters about the bomb scares. “But now we have to start the momentum again.”
His supporters in North Carolina appeared to agree. When Mr. Trump took the stage at the Bojangles’ Coliseum, hours after Cesar Sayoc Jr., a Florida man with a lengthy criminal record, was arrested in connection to sending the devices, chants of “Build the wall” and “CNN sucks” had already rung out repeatedly.
“The suspect has been captured — great job — and is now in federal custody,” Mr. Trump said. “These terrorist actions must be prosecuted and punished to the full extent of the law.”
The president, who made a show on Wednesday of being “nice” as bomb scares were affecting several of his political enemies, resurrected some of his favorite political insults two days later. Taunts including “Crooked Hillary” and “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer” were brought out once again in a pull-out-all-the-stops partisan effort 11 days before the midterms.
While Mr. Trump did spend a few minutes railing against the Democrats and their immigration policies — “A vote for Democrats is a vote for open borders,” he once again falsely claimed — he reserved special ire for the news media.
Touching on a “broader conversation about the tone and civility” of political discourse, the president said that “everyone will benefit if we can end the politics of personal destruction.”
He added, “The media has a major role to play whether they want to or not.”
He did not address the political leanings of Mr. Sayoc, 56, who was active in several pro-Trump Facebook groups and had attended at least one Trump rally, waving a “CNN Sucks” sign and wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Mr. Sayoc’s van was covered in pro-Trump stickers. He turned up in Washington, again with the red hat, for Mr. Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.
But on Friday, Republicans, from Mr. Trump on down, made it clear that Mr. Sayoc was not one of them. In fact, the president said that the coverage of Mr. Sayoc’s political leanings was a result of the news media trying to pin the attempted bombings on his politics.
“We have seen an effort by the media in recent hours to use the sinister actions of one individual to score political points against me and the Republican Party,” Mr. Trump said. “The media has tried to attack the incredible Americans who support our movement to give power back to the people.”
Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina, also took the stage and thanked Mr. Trump for capturing “that animal who sent bombs,” referring to Mr. Sayoc, adding, “There’s no place for that in the United States.”
You can rely on The Times to give you the money quotes.
But I guess they can’t accuse a man of being a racist against a guy they are attacking as a serial bomber. They were able to defend MS-13 when Trump called them “animals.” They said he was racist against them. They have certainly killed a lot more people than Cesar Seyoc, who did not kill anyone or even cause any property damage.
Makes you think.
Here’s the rally.
And here he is a few hours earlier saying he needs to tone up his rhetoric.
I do concur.
There is nowhere to go from here other than up.