The New York Times on Friday and Saturday let its readers know that the Republicans were getting what they deserved for pandering to right-wing extremism and xenophobia, while Hillary Clinton had successfully gained the sensible center. Friday’s lead editorial, “The G.O.P.’s Monster in the Mirror,” began with a little implied Trumpian vulgarity, then smeared the two Republican senators in the presidential race as extremist. Paul Krugman doubled down, calling the field racist, while Ted Cruz was heckled and Hillary Clinton hailed on Saturday's front page
Republicans reaping what they sow was the theme of two New York Times stories on Thursday. Reporter Jennifer Steinhauer’s “Congressional Memo” suggested turnabout was fair play: “Ryan Now Faces Tea Party Forces He Helped Unleash.” It’s what Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP get for setting off “flare-ups over racially charged issues” and trying “to roll back voting rights.” And reporter Michael Barbaro had far too much fun mocking NJ Gov. Chris Christie's endorsement of Donald Trump.
Well, at least they covered it. That’s the best that can be said about the New York Times story by Vivian Yee on the front of Wednesday’s Metro section about a racial hate-crime hoax at the University of Albany. Three black female students who initially blamed "white men" for racial attacks on a bus were instead charged themselves with misdemeanor assault against a white woman. But Yee did her defensive best to make it still somehow the fault of whites and conservatives and to lament the missed opportunity for racial enlightenment.
New York Times movie critics Manohla Dargis, A.O. Scott, and Wesley Morris blessed readers with an even sillier than usual Oscar racism recap in Tuesday's paper: “Watching a White Academy Squirm.”
Kansas City-based New York Times reporter John Eligon, most noted at NewsBusters for calling Kansas Republicans “conservative” or "right-wing" every other word, sympathetically covered the proposed shuttering of an Afro-centric school in Chicago: “Poor Scores Leave Afrocentric Schools Vulnerable -- Chicago Academy, Lauded for Instilling Pride and Confidence, Faces Closing.” Eligon mostly skipped over apparent electives like numeracy and literacy, and forwarded special pleading for the Afrocentric curriculum instead. The Times is notorious for giving radical and (certain) religious schools the benefit of the doubt
The failures of liberal internationalism meets the New York Times’ liberal hypocrisy on interventionism, in an enormous front-page Sunday story on Hillary Clinton’s decision to bomb Libya, and the catastrophic results:“The Libya Gamble,” by Jo Becker and Scott Shane. But left out of the thousands of words: How the New York Times itself aggressively pushed war in Libya hard on its news pages, while boasting that the Obama Administration was beloved and its troops greeted like liberators.
As Supreme Court arguments loom next week for an abortion-rights case in Texas, the New York Times went all-in, with its former Supreme Court reporter and fervent abortion supporter Linda Greenhouse making the case on the front of the Sunday Review section. While Greenhouse claimed a factual approach, she predictably attacked the Texas clinic regulations as an obvious smoke-screen for an anti-choice agenda. Greenhouse herself certainly has a strong opinion on abortion and many other things, including the "inflammatory" Antonin Scalia, who she criticized just a few days after his death.
The New York Times online headline captured the pro-Democrat, anti-GOP tone of the report from David Herszenhorn and Carl Hulse, “Supreme Court Fight Won’t Die, No Matter How Hard Republicans Try.” Another Hulse article described the Democrats' dilemma in pitiable terms: "They were absolutely astonished when Senate Republicans took the power struggle to an entirely new level by announcing that they would not even shake hands with a Supreme Court nominee selected by the duly elected president of the United States."
When you're a Republican running for president, it's phony charge on the front page of the New York Times, but vindication on Page 11. Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who was smeared with trumped-up charges of abuse of power by Democrats in Texas while running for the Republican presidential nomination, was finally vindicated, as the last of the phony charges were dismissed: “Texas Court Dismisses Case That Dogged Perry’s Presidential Campaign.” It was the top story in the paper’s National section Thursday, on Page 11. But when the partisan charges were first filed in 2014, they made the front page, with Times' reporters excitedly reciting details of the "stunning rebuke" of Perry and his presidential hopes.
So what’s the connection between Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz and Islamic organizations in Iran who just upped the reward for killing “blasphemous” novelist Salman Rushdie? Both are “hard-line” ideologues in the eyes of the New York Times.
Illegal immigration (i.e., amnesty) is perhaps the most shameless slanted area of coverage in the New York Times, and on Tuesday reporter Nick Corasaniti did his duty, filing a 1,500-word profile of Univision and its provocative, activist, heavily biased chief news anchor Jorge Ramos, talking about his network’s new (Democratic) voting drive: “Univision Aims to Make the Hispanic Voting Bloc Even More Formidable.” Ramos has shown his distaste (shared by the NYT) for the accurate term “illegal” in favor of “undocumented," even suggesting Latino Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were betraying their ethnic heritage by insisting on the rule of law at the border. But Corasaniti mostly avoided those controversies in favor of uplift and spreading an optimistic “get out the vote” vibe for Hispanics,
The New York Times continues to list portside in its labeling, going particularly overboard in the last several months in using “hard-line” and “hard-right” to describe conservative presidential candidates, their policy positions, and the voters those candidates are appealing to. Yet no similarly unflattering term emerged in stories about liberal presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who take extremist positions on abortion, the minimum wage, and the evils of big banks and big business.The Times commented on Bernie Sanders’ “hard-left policies” on July 26, 2015. Since then, an analysis indicates there have been absolutely zero characterizations of either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton as “hard-left,” and only one instance of Hillary Clinton being “hard-line,” and even that reference was flattering.
Snooty New York Times columnist/Democratic hack Paul Krugman is very unhappy with Bernie Sanders and his Hillary-bashing supporters. Krugman had previously antagonized the left-wing hive of “Bernie bros” – supposedly sexist critics of Hillary Clinton supporters, and on Friday Krugman lit into Sanders’ economic plan, suggesting an economic plan strongly endorsed by his campaign “outdoes the GOP” when it came to fiscal wishful thinking and found its employment projections “horrifying.” The text box: “Sanders needs to get real."
Leave it to the New York Times to turn a garden-variety partisan battle over the Supreme Court into a racial issue favoring the Democrats against Republicans: Thursday’s front page featured “Blacks See Bias in Delay on a Scalia Successor.” Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin, reporting from South Carolina, interviewed blacks suspicious of the GOP, given the party’s allegedly unprecedented disrespect for President Obama. The text box read: “To some, another sign of disrespect for the first black president."
Desperately hyping up any instances of alleged “Islamophobia” it can find, the New York Times on Wednesday covered tensions between students living in a high-rise at the University of Arizona, and the members of an adjacent mosque. There’s not much newsworthy going on, but reporter Fernanda Santos managed to spin it into the lead story of Wednesday’s National section: “University of Arizona Students Hurl Insults, and Litter, at Mosque in Tucson," elevating campus littering by jerky college students into “vandalism” and religious hatred.
The New York Times news coverage upon the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was mostly respectful (which is more than can be said about the paper’s nasty editorial thrust). But the paper’s liberal bias shone through in pondering how Scalia’s death would resonate during the election year. Emily Bazelon’s Monday “news analysis" portrayed conservative rulings as “limiting” and “hobbling,” while abortion was assumed to be a “constitutional right."
The New York Times is again trying hard to hang the immigration issue around the collective neck of the Republican Party. A lead story by Alexander Burns, “Division Deepens In The G.O.P. Field On Immigration – Appeals In The South – Cruz and Trump Assail Moderate Rivals on ‘Amnesty’ Issue.” Note the quote marks in the headline around the word amnesty. There were more politically correct descriptors in Burns' text, with illegal immigrants called “undocumented immigrants." Meanwhile, amnesty was termed “what conservatives call ‘amnesty,’” and it was suggested that if conservatives don't stop talking about it, Republicans will be doomed for decades to come.
New York Times Phoenix bureau chief Fernanda Santos gave out surprising praise to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey in Wednesday’s edition -- though it’s less surprising when you realize why. Like her newspaper, Santos has a history of trying to discredit Republicans on illegal immigration. In August 2014, Santos suggested Arizona citizens who showed up to a forum to express concerns about border security were misguided because, after all, Mexico was "at least 200 miles away” (now illegal immigration is a national concern of enormous electoral import).
Catching up with New York Times columnist Paul Krugman: He is definitely on Team Hillary, and on his nytimes.com blog unleashes contempt usually reserved for Republicans upon a segment of supposedly angry, sexist, web-trolling Bernie Sanders supporters, who Hillary’s feminist fans have taken to calling “Bernie Bros," making for an interesting internecine fight on the Democratic side.
New York Times sportswriter William Rhoden jumped on the latest leftist bandwagon on Sunday, heartily supporting controversial comments by the Super Bowl-bound Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Newton was quoted in the Charlotte Observer accusing critics of his showboating post-touchdown antics of being racist. It’s been twenty-eight years since Doug Williams became the first black quarterback to start a Super Bowl. Newton will be the sixth. Talented as he is, he’s not breaking any barriers or shocking anyone. But Rhoden took the complaint to heart and found it the most compelling storyline of next Sunday’s Super Bowl, pumping up Newton’s social justice brand into the next Muhammad Ali in “Dancing Around End Zones, Not Around Matters of Racism.”