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Clay Waters | November 15th, 2022 11:59 AM

The New York Times ran a nauseatingly cozy profile of Twitter journalist and literati lefty Molly Jong-Fast by media reporter Michael Grynbaum. Jong-Fast’s mother is feminist novelist Erica Jong and her grandfather is Howard Fast, the Spartacus novelist and Communist activist. The apple hasn’t fallen far, as the subject is well ensconced in a deep-blue Manhattanite bubble.

Molly Jong-…

Clay Waters | July 9th, 2022 10:39 PM

Latina Republican Mayra Flores’ historic win in a Texas congressional district in the Rio Grande Valley was greeted by the Times not with celebration but bitterness and denial. This is the same newspaper that loves to mark such supposed ethnic milestones on the Democratic side, as shown in the nauseating tributes to Sen. Kamala Harris and Biden press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

By…

Clay Waters | December 15th, 2021 11:57 AM

New York Times political reporter Maggie Astor had a pretty galling story on the front of Tuesday’s Business section, where she criticized apparently dangerous falsehoods lurking in Republican campaign emails: “Now in Your Inbox: Political Misinformation.”

Yet her lead example, involving a popular Republican, was underwhelming.

A few weeks ago, Representative Dan Crenshaw, a…

Clay Waters | December 11th, 2021 2:30 PM

Is Frank Bruni, former White House correspondent for the New York Times, whispering to media liberals to keep it down with the chatter about the sagging polls and infighting endangering President Biden’s reelection, Democratic control of Congress, and democracy itself? Because that certainly seems the subtext of his opinion posted Thursday, “Democrats' Infighting Only Helps Republicans.”  …

Clay Waters | June 19th, 2021 5:45 PM

The front page of Friday’s New York Times featured the presumably rehabilitated Jonathan Weisman, who spent a long time in the paper's doghouse for offending radical Democrats on his Twitter feed.

His latest story is surely safe territory: “With Midterms in Sight, ‘Crisis’ Is Watchword for Republicans.” The text box: “A Lesson of Trump Era: Outrage Works.” Nothing to offend Democrats…

Clay Waters | April 27th, 2021 1:18 PM

New York Times White House reporter Katie Rogers can’t get over how refreshing the President Biden administration is. She gushed about it again in an interview on Monday: “Covering a Different Washington.”

It's an "Inside the Times" conversation that's supposed to provide "behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together." Aishvarya Kavi set Rogers up to praise Biden…

Clay Waters | February 25th, 2021 8:04 AM

Reporter Katie Rogers’ “White House Memo” in Tuesday’s New York Times, “Washington Basks in a New Event: A Weekend of Tranquility,” revealed the cozy relationship between the press and the new Democratic administration (Biden's bagel run and videogames!) and its unhealthy, ongoing obsession with Donald Trump.

President Biden did not do anything this weekend.

Well, let’s…

Clay Waters | February 10th, 2021 10:35 AM

A New York Times Sunday story by Los Angeles bureau chief Manny Fernandez pushed a myth that “anti-vaxxers” -- those opposed to vaccinations, often for discredited or conspiracy-based reasons -- are a predominantly “far-right” domain, in “A New Coalition Forms Against Vaccines in California.”

The text box furthered the idea that those opposed to draconian lockdowns were driving the…

Clay Waters | January 20th, 2021 3:05 PM

New York Times reporter Lara Jakes kicked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo out the door in her Tuesday story, “As Pompeo Exits State Dept., His Turbulent Tenure Leaves Dubious Legacy for the U.S.” It’s noteworthy for being absolutely crammed with the number of links it contains, suggesting a hit piece lovingly curated over a long period.

This is quite a lead sentence:

Spurned by…

Clay Waters | January 18th, 2021 3:17 PM

Sunday’s big news story: Kamala Harris’s family? Yes. During this evidently slow news period, the lead National section story in Sunday’s New York Times is “Meet the Groundbreaking New Second Family.”

This “news” story is by Jessica Bennett, described as “a Times editor at large covering women and culture. She writes about personalities, politics, social trends and the workplace --…

Clay Waters | January 10th, 2021 2:44 PM

The disgusting spectacle at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday involving some extremist Trump supporters dominated the New York Times again on Sunday. Reporter Trip Gabriel front of the National section, “For Loyal Trump Base, Anti-Democratic Ideals And Distrust Still Burn.”

But yet again, Times reporters went beyond justifiable condemnation of rioting and lies to defend the media’s…

Clay Waters | December 26th, 2020 10:45 PM

Among the many electoral gifts the New York Times has bestowed on Joe Biden is the blessing of the president-elect’s presumed ideological “moderation,” or even “centrism.” Sometimes that label, used by the press to reassure on-the-fence voters that Biden would be a safe pick, is also used to pressure Biden into caving into the new wave of younger “progressives” percolating through the party…

Clay Waters | November 6th, 2020 7:36 PM

The 2020 presidential election hasn’t been decided as of this writing, but the New York Times is bitter and panicky about Joe Biden’s surprisingly big loss in Florida and dug up a pathetic excuse: Hispanics were the victims of "disinformation"! In Thursday’s edition, reporters Patricia Mazzei and Nicole Perloth trotted out “Experts Call Disinformation Targeting Spanish Speakers an ‘Emergency…

Clay Waters | November 3rd, 2020 6:43 PM

Jessica Bennett, the New York Times’ first “gender editor,” filed some silly pre-election psychoanalysis for Monday’s edition: “Trump (Tough Guy), Biden (Nice Guy) and the Politics of Manliness.”

Bennett opened with the textual equivalent of a campaign video for a former Democratic president the media clearly misses, in the service of pushing Joe Biden over the finish line.

Clay Waters | October 10th, 2020 4:00 PM

After Wednesday’s vice-presidential debate, the press was full of defensive accusations against Vice President Mike Pence for his alleged “mansplaining” behavior against Joe Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris. The New York Times in particular has made that particular Harris-as-victim trope a central theme of its campaign coverage, desperately turning every conservative argument against Harris…

Clay Waters | October 8th, 2020 5:43 PM

The New York Times’ coverage of the 2020 vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris was almost as slanted as CNN and MSNBC’s, complete with a full story on “fly”-gate and accusations of mansplaining by Pence against Harris. 

Matt Flegenheimer and Annie Karni’s “news analysis” began:

Vice President Mike Pence approached his task on Wednesday as he has…

Clay Waters | October 7th, 2020 1:56 PM

On the eve of the important vice-presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, the New York Times is once again fiercely defending Joe Biden’s left-wing choice for running mate by throwing around “racist and sexist” smears.

Tuesday’s front-page story by Sydney Ember and Lisa Lerer, “Harris Prepares for Debate Night As Stakes and Expectations Rise,” allowed…

Clay Waters | August 30th, 2020 5:32 PM

New York Times “writer at large” Sarah Lyall issued a snotty, sexist story for Saturday’s edition, “The Trump Show’s Supporting Female Cast,” arbitrarily bashing the female members of Trump’s family and any other women who have the bad taste to be in the Trump Administration’s orbit.

Read these highlights and remember this is a “political memo” in the paper’s news section:

If…

Clay Waters | August 19th, 2020 7:09 PM

Donald Trump registered quite the achievement on Wednesday: He managed to make the avowedly feminist New York Times criticize renowned suffragist Susan B. Anthony in “With Eye on Election, Trump Plans to Pardon Women’s Suffrage Icon,” after the president announced he would mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote, by pardoning Anthony, who was arrested…

Clay Waters | August 18th, 2020 4:09 PM

The Democratic National Convention launched in virtual mode Monday night, and the New York Times was predictably gushing -- but still reserved plenty of space for invective again President Trump.

White House correspondent Peter Baker in particular has become openly contemptuous of the president and seems to have lost the ability to be objective about the man. Yet Baker was granted a…