Here we go again. The New York Times has managed to turn a simple news story into an America-bashing, racial-grievance screed.
The story covered Atlantans waiting in interminably long lines in Tuesday’s primaries.
But here’s how The Times reporter wrote it:
“In several counties around Atlanta, voting machines malfunctioned, and thin staffing because of the coronavirus left fewer poll workers to deal with it.”
“As a result,” the story asserts, “many Georgia residents had to choose between enduring hours in line or losing their right to vote.”
No Georgian stood to lose the right to vote.
Some citizens left long, glacially moving lines after two, three or four hours.
They left because they had other obligations or found their patience understandably strained to the breaking point.
They could have waited it out, exercised their ongoing right and pulled the lever. It was their choice.
But no, the paper’s committee saw in all that a bad America.
That’s the committee of mostly young, revolutionary reporter-commissars who rule the paper’s editors who in turn are looking over every writer’s shoulder.
As always, the paper saw America doing its nefarious best to be the worst in the advanced world when it comes to allowing its own citizens to exercise democracy.
It was the paper’s view before the minority commissariat sprang up.
But the commissariat is noteworthy cause it has the power to say who stays and who goes in the leadership of the paper.
But wait. It’s even more awful.
“Yesterday’s problems were worse than usual — partly a result of recently bought voting machines — but were also part of a much larger issue,” The Times reporter wrote.
Have the feeling that what’s next is your standard liberal-press sucker punch about how America is rotten to the core?
Trust your feeling in his case.
“In no other affluent country do citizens regularly have as hard a time voting as they do in the United States,” The Times reporter wrote.
Why do we oppressed Americans — especially minorities — have such a hard time exercising our franchise?
Simple. Never really having citizens’ rights first in mind, Amerika sabotaged the voting process from the beginning.
“Most of our elections are held on workdays, and a shortage of election equipment and workers often forces people to wait in long lines,” The Times explained.
But wait. You’re thinking that a “news” story in The Times that doesn’t play the race card is not possible?
“The waits tend to be longest for African-Americans,” the reporter wrote.
The story makes no attempt to show if or how or why that’s true for the event at hand — the one about which The Times is editorializing in the guise of reporting — Tuesday’s primary elections.
Rather, The Times noted only this:
“One study of the 2016 election, using smartphone location data, found that voters in black neighborhoods waited 29 percent longer on average than voters in white neighborhoods.”
That sentence has nothing to do with the Georgia primaries on Tuesday, June 9, 2020; but it does get to slip into the story the all-import racial grievance.
From the days its reporting fawned over the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, The Times has been and remains the most influential newspaper in America.
In many ways, it also speaks for America as the rest of the world hazily sees it.
The newsrooms of virtually every other newspaper, television network, local TV station and radio station take the paper’s print or online editions.
News and assignment editors across America either base many of their stories on what’s in The Times or run the stories as is, crediting the paper.
Every foreign embassy in Washington takes The Times. Ambassadors and staff regard it as The Source about American politics and culture.
Every government office in every foreign county takes the paper, as if it were the Bible of American thought and happenings.
The liberal editorial boards of most American newspapers base their editorials on The Times stories (which stories are generally editorials in themselves) and on The Times editorials (the un-bylines opinion pieces on the editorial page).
This is the same paper that a few days ago forced the resignation of its editorial page editor, James Bennet, and reassigned his deputy for publishing an opinion column by Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas.
Mr. Cotton, a Republican, backed President Trump’s desire to send in the active-duty military to protect lives and restore order in cities unable to deal with murderers, looters, arsonists and rioters. That was in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death while in police custody in Milwaukee. It was gruesomely recorded on a bystander’s cellphone.
Times owner and publisher A.G. Sulzberger at first defended publication of the piece as a contribution to the diversity of opinion on the paper’s liberal opinion pages. But he suddenly felt his knees buckling and so reversed himself when faced with backlash from minority staff members.
Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones tweeted that she was “ashamed that we ran this.”
Op-ed contributor Roxane Gay tweeted that “running this puts black @nytimes writers, editors, and other staff in danger.”
Utter absurdity and tyranny of an angry, intolerant, ideologically driven, America-hating minority?
That’s The Times’ most important product.
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