Tagged: New York Times

Ring-a-ring o’ roses

Jerry Falwell Jr is a convenience store Christian.

The Boston Tea Party would be labeled fascist by today’s right and neoliberal/cultural appropriationist by today’s left.

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Re Harris and Biden:

Busing (federally mandated or not) isn’t one that will flip the Senate or win Ohio, PA, and Wisconsin for Democrats. I can’t think of anyone who even talks about busing anymore. It is juicy journalistic clickbait though.

Integration (which is the point of busing) was deemed illegitimate during the rise of multiculturalism and the emphasis on difference in the 1980s/90s. It seems to be an odd issue to revive just for the sake of sticking it to Biden.

Busing has no political relevance today unless one of the Dems is pushing it (and I believe none of them are).

The problem for Harris is that Booker is riding her coattails on this issue and won’t let it die (even if Harris moves on from it).

However, Booker isn’t getting a bounce in poll numbers from his kerfuffle with Biden (his campaign barely has a pulse). Probably needs to shift tactics and targets.

Since Biden’s “bipartisanship” led to this dispute, one should note that it is a dead virtue because (1) right-wingers are no longer in the Democratic Party (see Robert Byrd, segregationist) and (2) it was easier to be bipartisan in the era of earmarks (which the GOP controlled Senate has banned under the influence of the House “Freedom Caucus”).

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Jacobin Magazine says AOC is August Bebel 2.0.

Electoral college math suggests the election will be won or lost in Wisconsin, Michigan, PA, and Ohio, not Queens, NY.

Most NY Times pundits don’t do research and rely on projection and innuendo. One sees it in Stephens, Brooks, Bouie, and Dowd (to name a few).

Cabo wabo

Lots of stuff is coming out about Bernie now that inexplicably lay hidden in 2016.

Bernie presents enough baggage from 2016 to today. No need for an oppo researcher to wade through 30 year old Wayne’s World quality video.

As an occasional interloper in Democratic politics, Bernie is under the most pressure and is more desperate than other candidates.

His main problem is his lack of appeal to the diversity of the Democratic Party. Probably because he’s not a Democrat.

Tea Party Republicans politicized federal aid after Superstorm Sandy. Now these chickens have come home to roost in flood and tornado stricken MAGAland.

Between David Brooks and Ross Douthat, I don’t know how the NY Times survives as a credible source of opinion.

The pursuit of scoops and the need to be first is killing journalism. When did editors install this misguided priority?

Better dead air than Chuck Todd.

Likability and authenticity entered politics after the 1960s. The notion that the personal is the political comports well with the conflation of personal traits with political viability.

Putin has Trump under his thumb.

Trump is libidinally cathected to strongmen.

He will likely declare martial law when he loses in November 2020.

Andante cantabile

As the kids say: Michael Moore needs to check his own masculine privilege.

Does anyone remember …

Michael Moore, the filmmaker, lambasted the front-runners. ”A vote for Gore is a vote for Bush,” he said. ”If they both believe in the same thing, wouldn’t you want the original than the copy? Wouldn’t you want Bush? Sirloin or hamburger? Which would you go for?”

Republicans like measles, probably something to do with The Rapture.

The NY Times has hired some low quality reporters recently, unlike the ones who won Pulitzers in 2017. See Elizabeth Williamson.

Conquistador

Don Jr. is the Fredo Corleone of the Trump Crime Family.

Everything Clinton said about Trump was correct. MAGAts and BBros didn’t want to listen.

CNN has a love affair with Beavis (Kellyanne Conway).

The  Tea Party wanted no part of governing (which made it a contradiction). Dem Progs want to govern but don’t quite understand how a competitive system works.

Even well-educated NY Times journalists fall back upon simplistic oppositions to describe politicians. The labels are meaningless, because once in power one must govern within an established, competitive system that mitigates progressivism sans absolute emergency (e.g., the 1930s).

There’s very little Trump actually understands besides how to cheat at golf. Certainly not aviation.

Trump has been mimicking his friends Erdogan, Duterte and Bolsonaro. His benefactor Putin is more circumspect when it comes to issuing threats.

It sounds like Trump is calling his brownshirts into action.

Burned by the sun

Wake me when Shadow President McCain has volunteered to fly sorties over Moscow.

No matter what one sees on Portlandia: Buy and consume whatever you desire.

What’s wrong with journalism today? Take the following example. The New York Times‘ Ginia Bellafante wrote an article on Mayor de Blasio’s ten day vacation to Italy. She writes:

Mayor Bill de Blasio has been unable to avoid criticism about his plans to travel to Italy with his family for nearly 10 days so early in his tenure …

Unfortunately, the article cites only one critic of the mayor’s trip, Rudy Giuliani, whose political conflict of interest remains unstated. But the phrase “Many people quickly took issue with the vacation” appears as a stand in for evidence of (missing) masses of outraged citizens. (Another variant of this rhetorical tactic is the interrogator’s question prefaced by “Some say …”, which should always be translated as “I say …”). Bellafante’s article is organized around a pseudo-controversy driven by the journalist’s own professional imaginary. The pseudo-controversy is one of journalism’s go-to tricks. I wonder if it is taught at journalism schools.

Red-baiting

Playing the role of sore loser, the New York Times continues to agitate against mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s policy emphases. Universal pre-K is a sign of far leftism; upholding constitutional rights and values will suddenly unleash an historic crime wave; an emphasis on affordable housing will send real estate developers scurrying to Delaware; and a modest tax increase will topple financial titans who currently sit on a mountainous hoard of record profits. So we are told.

This is the paranoid style-lite.