What’s the real danger to the First Amendment? Trump! the New York Times shouts in its Saturday lead. Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak gathered up opinions from left and right for “Trump Declarations Seen As Threat to Rule of Law -- Scholars Finds Disregard for Constitutional Rights in Remarks That Raise Alarm." Yet after going after Trump for disrespecting the First Amendment, another story on Saturday’s front page dismissed the violent attacks on Trump supporters in San Jose.
New York Times coverage of the anti-Trump violence committed by left-wingers outside a Trump rally in San Jose was distinctly underwhelming, with reporter Alan Rappeport having the gall to blame Trump for failing to condemn the violence instigated by anti-Trump protesters, while letting the Clinton campaign pose as above it all.
The headline in Thursday’s New York Times captured the melodrama: “Political Climate of Fear Galvanizes Muslims to Vote.” Carol Pogash, a freelance writer and editor who once compared Trump to murderous Communist dictator Mao Tse-Tung and who finds her own inspiration in Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Larry Wilmore, continued the paper’s never-ending search for Islamophobia with her report about Muslims in Oakland.
In her lead story in the New York Times, White House reporter Julie Hirschfeld Davis took on Obama from the left in “Obama Is Pressed to Speed Effort to Add Migrants -- Target: 10,000 Syrians. Lag in Admissions Is at Odds With Pledges as World Watches.” Davis found not a single voice of caution, and not a single mention was made of the sexual assaults by migrants in Germany last New Year’s Eve, while protecting the homeland was portrayed as a mere bureaucratic bother.
New York Times Paul Krugman once again poked a stick into the Bernie Bros hive with his column “Feel the Math.” Bernie's fellow socialists do not approve of Krugman’s constant attacks on Hillary’s opponent for the Democratic Party nomination, as shown in this fun read from last month on a socialist website, attacking Krugman as “an intellectual bagman for Wall Street and its favored candidate,” Hillary Clinton. He's also extremely confident that Hillary will pull out victory in the California primary, absent "the equivalent of a meteor strike."
New York Times veteran liberal columnist Nicholas Kristof is usually good for one or two iconoclastic columns a year that make his usual fans petulant and his conservative critics grin. This year the two are on the same subject: Liberal intolerance in academe. His latest column in the Sunday Review is a follow-up to his May 8 surprise, which drew outrage from liberals aghast at the idea that conservative should have a voice in academia, in the name of diversity of thought. On Sunday Kristof confirmed that liberals were prey to the same "cocky...narrow-mindedness" they accuse their conservative opponents of.
ESPN Magazine comes with a bonus dose of dubious liberal piety from “The Truth” columnist Howard Bryant, the mag’s moral authority/scold on social issues, especially what he sees as systemic American racism. His latest column is on a familiar topic: the scourge of “authoritarian” patriotism and militarism infecting the ballpark. The subhead: “Why don’t more athletes speak out on behalf of their communities? Perhaps more of them would if there wasn’t a chilling force looming over them.” A chilling force preventing multi-millionaires from speaking their minds?
The New York Times filed some disturbing facts about what happened outside a Trump rally in New Mexico: “Protesters Throw Rocks at Police Horses Outside Trump Rally in Albuquerque.” But the troubling story of left-wing protestor violence against police and property -- a story that would seem to justify the anxieties of Trump supporters -- didn’t make the print edition. Instead, the reporting from New Mexico that actually made it into print was about Trump slamming the state’s Republican governor Susana Martinez, under an ethnically loaded headline: “Trump Takes a Female, Hispanic Governor to Task.”
New York Times Hillary-beat reporter Amy Chozick matter-of-factly compared Whitewater special prosecutor Ken Starr to Inspector Javert, the fanatical pursuer of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, while blaming him for bringing “a new intensity to partisan warfare” in his prosecution of Bill Clinton, in Wednesday’s “Starr, Who Tried to Bury Clinton, Now Praises Him.” Chozick even suggested Starr's investigation was responsible for the Clinton administration being distracted from the threat of Osama bin Laden.
Former president Jimmy Carter gave a lecture to journalists about racist Republicans and Trump supporters, and New York Times religion reporter Laurie Goodstein lapped it up religiously: “Seeing Resurgence of Racism, Carter Plans Conference to Promote Unity.” The text box to Tuesday’s story paraphrased Carter’s words of wisdom: “Saying the country has ‘reawakened’ in a bitter political climate.
In columns, blogs, and front-page stories, the New York Times continues to edge left-wing firebrand Bernie Sanders out the door, apparently to clear a path for Hillary Clinton to gain the Democratic nomination as painlessly as possible. Columnist Paul Krugman is a reliably partisan hater of Republicans and cheerleader for Democrats, and he’s been enraging “Bernie Bros” for quite a while on his blog. Last week two entries, one under the loaded headline “Questions of Character.” And he’s not talking about Hillary:
Left-wing bias; it’s not just for the news pages. The New York Times Weekend Arts roundup demonstrates how it saturates the paper, even -- perhaps especially -- in the paper’s Manhattan-centric cultural coverage, with rants about racist voter suppression in 2016 and how high-end art buyers "control the inequitable economy in America today."
Hillary Clinton has yet to put away challenger Bernie Sanders in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, and her supporters at the New York Times (and the rest of the media) are trying to shield her from Sanders’ “harm,” while pointing fingers at him for the alleged violence and death threats committed by his supporters after suspicions of process-rigging during the Nevada primary. Refreshing as it is to see the media actually putting blame on a liberal politician or a political movement for the acts of his followers, it's also true that slamming Sanders helps smooth Hillary's path to the nomination.
When George Mason University announced plans to rename its law school after the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the outrage in liberal academia (to be redundant) was unconfined. The Times followed up Wednesday, with reporter Nicholas Fandos relaying the grim news that Scalia's name would stay. Right from the lead sentence, Fandos really made the libertarian-leaning university sound like the heavy in this story, deaf to the pathetic pleas of students and faculty.
Steer clear of the Clinton scandals, it’s bound to backfire, the New York Times warned presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday. It’s been the paper's same helpful advice to Republicans since 1992. Patrick Healy, a fierce journalistic defender of the former first lady, took up arms for Hillary Clinton and her “decades of experience and qualifications” defeating various forms of “boorishness.”
The New York Times made a big splash Sunday with an over-the-fold front-page story, “Crossing the Line: Trump’s Private Conduct With Women.” Five Times reporters talked to female former Trump executives, his ex-wife Ivana, and various models and beauty pageant contestants told unflattering stories about Trump, many of them 20 years old. The Times teased: “Interviews reveal unwelcome advances, a shrewd reliance on ambition, and unsettling workplace conduct over decades.” Also revealed: The paper’s stark double standards on its treatment of politicized sexual harassment claims. Did former president Bill Clinton’s sexual history or his multiple sex (and worse) scandals get this sort of front-page over-the-fold analysis? Hardly. In fact, during the 1992 campaign, the Times referred to blockbuster rape allegations made against Clinton by former Arkansas nursing home administrator Juanita Broaddrick as “toxic waste."
The WNBA marks its 20th anniversary this year, and ESPN’s May 23 issue was devoted to wondering why people weren’t watching the games (that the network just happens to air). Magazine columnist (and social justice keyboard warrior) Howard Bryant blamed sexism and racism for the game’s failure to achieve popularity, even roping in the civil rights movement and the history of American inequality: "Six-foot-10 John Isner serves 143 mph. Five-foot-9 Serena does not and never will, which is proof of nothing, another false equivalent in a country built on inequalities."
The New York Times is worried about a shift to the right in Latin America and put its concern on the front page. Simon Romero reported from Brazil about the suspension from office of leftist president Dilma Rousseff during her impeachment trial. But instead of focusing on allegations of budgetary flimflamming by her administration, Romero tried to scare readers with the new, more conservative administration taking over, one of whose many sins made it into the sub-headline: “Interim President May Move Brazil to the Right – All-Male Cabinet and Other Shifts Amid on Impeachment.” An all-male cabinet? Horrors!
On Thursday the New York Times ran a worshipful obituary for Michael Ratner, former president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a hard-left outfit founded by radical lawyer William Kunstler. The obituary by Sam Roberts appeared under an adulatory headline, “Michael Ratner, Bold Civil Liberties Lawyer, Dies at 72.”
Left out of Roberts’ report? Ratner's solidary with Cuba's Communist dictator Fidel Castro, his adulatory book on murderous Communist thug Che Guevara, and this gem from December 2005 during the Bush administration’s war in Iraq: "The Bush administration has moved us from a government responsible and accountable to the people to one that dictates to the people. Every American should be in political rebellion against the criminals now running this country."
Hillary Clinton’s road to the Democratic nomination may be strewn with stones like Bernie Sanders, who won the West Virginia primary Tuesday night. But Clinton can always count on rock-solid support from her base at the New York Times. On Wednesday’s front page, reporter Steven Lee Myers mounted an “everyone-does-it” defense of Hillary in her ongoing controversy over classified intelligence documents on her private home-brew server while she served as Secretary of State: “Sensitive Email Routinely Sent As Unclassified.” Meanwhile, the Times and the broadcast networks have ignored the latest revelation in HRC's classified document saga: All the emails from Hillary Clinton’s top IT staffer, Bryan Pagliano, who set up her private server, have gone missing.