New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes has been playing aggressive defense for Planned Parenthood. So when the organization commissioned its own report accusing the Center for Medical Progress of manipulating its videos via selective editing, Calmes treated the stunt as news. But she left out vital information from Planned Parenthood's supposed exoneration -- that it came courtesy of a firm that engaged in pro-Obama opposition research against conservatives.
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof quickly found something else to blame for the killing of two journalists besides the actual killer: America's gun culture, while glossing over the killer's mental disturbance. Kristof is notorious for using tragedies for political gain, like he did after the Boston Marathon bombing, and after the 2011 assassinations in Tuscon.
New York Times reporter Jonathan Weisman on Tuesday made gratuitous (dare we use the lazy liberal term "problematic"?) references to the Jewish religion of some Democratic congressional opponents of the Obama administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran. Weisman's usual slant was accompanied by explicit religious identification of a particular group, a practice a liberal paper like the Times would take pains to avoid in any other context.
The first story in the August 23 New York Times Sunday magazine by staff writer Emily Bazelon, "The Unwelcome Return of 'Illegals,'" scolds conservatives for calling illegal immigrants "illegals," while again aligning the paper with left-wing amnesty activists like La Raza, who favor the term "undocumented." Bazelon also fretted about the government's official use of the term "wetback" in the 1950s, without noting the NYT also threw it around in news accounts favoring mass deportation.
Fresh off condemning libertarian "freedom" rhetoric as racist, TV producer David Simon, creator of the acclaimed HBO series "The Wire" and others, talked to the non-profit "public interest" news outlet ProPublica about his new miniseries "Show Me a Hero," on the desegregation of Yonkers, NY, after a federal judge ordered public housing projects to be built in white, wealthy parts of town. Simon lamented "the dynamic of hyper-segregation," then explained the term with the illiberal gesture of making insulting generalizations about an entire race: "White people, by and large, are not very good at sharing physical space or power or many other kinds of social dynamics with significant numbers of people of color."
Jeb Bush and Donald Trump faced off in separate town meetings in New Hampshire, New York Times' Ashley Parker and Jeremy Peters reported Thursday. The reporters also demonstrated that the pro-amnesty NYT would use the illegal immigration issue to harass the Republican Party all the way to November 2016. In this instance, by ginning up mock outrage against the "slur" of "anchor babies."
No issue most exposes the liberal bias of the New York Times more than the matter of illegal immigrants (or as the paper prefers to call them, "undocumented immigrants"). The Times favors generous amnesty, and keeps pushing it both on its news pages and in opinion. A Wednesday Page One story by Trip Gabriel and Julia Preston tried to transform Donald Trump's blunt words on illegals into a problem for the entire Republican presidential field.
Television writer-producer David Simon, whose acclaimed HBO series The Wire and Treme pushed liberal approaches to urban policy, sat for a New York Times interview to promote Show Me a Hero, Simon's HBO mini-series about the Yonkers, NY, desegregation controversy of the mid-1980s. It also provided Simon yet another platform to rail against the "astonishing moment of political amnesia" that marks what he sees as today's "entrenched libertarian notion," as well as suggesting that libertarian rhetoric about "freedom" and "liberty" is just code for racism.
Timothy Egan's liberalism, badly concealed in his previous guise as a news reporter for the New York Times, is in full and angry bloom in his columns, like "The Junk Politics of 2015," from the upcoming edition of the New York Times Sunday Review, mocking the Republicans with personal insults while dismissing Democratic problems. It included this howler: "At least one Republican wants to sic the Internal Revenue Service on his political enemies." Didn't Obama's IRS do exactly that to the Tea Party?
It's fine for a biological man to self-identify as a woman, but as a conservative? That's taking things a bit too far for liberal outlets. Add the New York Times to the long list of those offended by the right-leaning politics of the former Bruce Jenner, who now identifies as a female Caitlyn. The Times' activism has trickled down in heavy-handed fashion to the Artsbeat section, which is running recaps of the episodes of Jenner's reality show, "I Am Cait," dominated by left-wing trans-activist Casey Plett's disapproval of Jenner's "infuriatingly heartless" views, daring to suggest that welfare payments shouldn't be the first option for transsexual youth looking for work.
The New York Times is cranking up the old reliable "War on Women" weapon to target the crop of Republicans running for the presidency. Saturday's lead story by Patrick Healy and Jeremy Peters portrayed the aftermath of the GOP debate not as a tough, substantive debate but as yet another source for Democratic attack ads portraying the party as anti-woman: "Fear That Debate Could Hurt G.O.P.In Women's Eyes – Remarks Under Attack – Concern Grows That the Candidates Were Not Inclusive Enough."
Thursday's New York Times delivered yet another summer-movie bummer from Manohla Dargis, the paper's most doctrinaire liberal movie critic. Dargis, previously stuck on counting the number of women in movies, is expanding her film interests to include counting old people, gays, and minorities. Yes, it's a non-stop thrill ride in "Report Finds Wide Diversity Gap Among 2014’s Top-Grossing Films."
In a Wednesday column, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman extended his odd obsession with raising the gas tax into the 2016 Republican presidential debate. But Friedman will have a hard time convincing Republicans to listen if he keeps throwing around insults, like describing the party's donors and supporters as embracing the "angry anti-science, anti-tax, anti-government, anti-minorities, anti-gay rights and anti-immigration views of the Tea Party and its media enforcer, Fox News."
Strange new respect? Two days after the New York Times labeled real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a racist on its front page based on thin evidence, the Times is suddenly treating one of his Twitter pronouncements as newsworthy, with Ashley Parker devoting an entire story to Trump's tweet. Perhaps because he's attacking his fellow GOP candidates as "puppets" of the libertarian Koch Brothers, themselves a frequent target of the Times.
The New York Times Magazine cover story by political correspondent Jim Rutenberg, "A Dream Undone -- Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act," is a 10-part, 10,000-word doorstop (issued with the baleful threat "The first in a series") comparing current attempts to stop voter fraud as a return to Jim Crow, with particular focus on North Carolina. Rutenberg also relayed more Times misinformation about Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign and his appeal to "states rights" in Mississippi.
"How Fox News Made My Dad Crazy" is how The Daily Beast introduced Jen Yamato's profile of Jen Senko's left-wing documentary The Brainwashing Of My Dad, and that's not just headline hyperbole but an accurate summary of a truly wacky documentary. Used her dad as a political prop, Senko's Brainwashing doc purports to show how her loving, "goofy," popular dad became a racist homophobic Republican pig thanks to radio hosts Bob Grant and Rush Limbaugh.
In the second part of her 16,000-word Harvard report on the dangerous extremes of "conservative media," New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes offered a skewed history of talk radio, seeing the dark shadow of right-wing hate hovering over its birth, and lamented that "However frustrated Republican leaders are by this piling on from the far right, they have little choice but to pay heed." And popular radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Steve Deace? Why, they're both "college dropouts." And when did Geraldo Rivera become a "conservative" radio host?
New York Times national reporter Jackie Calmes spent a semester at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University studying "conservative media," and this week issued an exhaustive 16,000-word report with the oh-so-objective title, "'They Don't Give a Damn about Governing' -- Conservative Media’s Influence on the Republican Party," blaming the "far right" for killing the moderate, pragmatic GOP, while dismissing the very idea of a liberal mainstream media.
Jackie Calmes, one of the New York Times' most reliably pro-Democratic, Obama-supporting reporters, lit into the "conservative media" as leading the Republican Party to perdition in Tuesday's "As the G.O.P. Base Clamors for Confrontation, Candidates Oblige." Calmes' story was packed with labeling bias and dismissive, hostile portrayals of conservatives as angry, robotic followers of Rush Limbaugh and the like. There were an impressive 24 "conservative" labels in her 1,167-word story.
On Monday morning New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan, facing an outcry from her paper's liberal readership, fretted over its coverage of the investigation into Hillary Clinton sending private emails containing classified material. The print edition sent a similar message to Republicans who might dare to use the issue against Clinton on the road to the White House: Ease off. Reporters Maggie Haberman and Ashley Parker suggested GOP presidential candidates tread lightly on the topic in "Focus on Clinton's Emails Forces Republicans to Weigh Risks of Criticism." Willie Horton and the "war on women" trope also make appearances as further warning of the alleged perils of Republican overreach.