New York Times
We noted previously how trust in the Catholic Church may beginning to crumble. Thanks to Twitchy for pointing out the New York Times’ effort to shift blame and also for finding other Times’ coverage of the pope (as in CYA coverage) was amped up to 11.
Here’s the first headline where the Times somehow figured out how to throw conservatives under the bus while covering for the Vatican.
Nothing to see here except those darn Republicans trying to make a mountain out of a mountain.
Then along comes another article just to make sure we weren’t distracted by the blinding light of priests by the hundreds allegedly sexually assaulting boys.
Wow, just wow! Hide the women and children because…. conservatives are being critical of pedophilia.
Not to be outdone, Reuters decided they needed to get in to the act of defending the indefensible with this gem of a headline.
Along these same lines we thought we’d revisit moments in history and the headlines that likely appeared in the NYT’s back then.
Conservatives Block Helium Exports, The Hindenburg Forced to use Hydrogen Construction of Dallas Book Depository Funded by Conservative City Council Members Democrats Burn a Few Crosses While Republicans Wage War on Segregation Gun Owners Cause Increased Deaths During Undocumented Home Invasions Democrats Insist on Unlimited Abortion Freedoms While Republicans' Only Message is "Family Values" Conservative Cleaning Lady Forced MLK to Wait Outside Hotel Room Lack of Conservatives Willing to Fight Back on Three of the Four 9/11 Planes JonBenet Ramsey at Home During Evening of Abduction Working on US Constitution Homework Conservatives Refuse to Ban Knives Did OJ Buy One? Asteroid Aiming for Earth T-Rex Building Wall to Keep Undocumented Raptors out of Cave
First there’s no doubt in our mind that Trump hates bad news, that he thinks it’s a direct reflection on him and will say and tweet what he feels is necessary to discredit the offending media source. Some would say he down right lies, others that it’s hyperbole. But many also recognize that the media have been using their position as the fourth estate (a lost concept, by the way, over the previous eight years) to twist and turn stories that any unbiased person would recognize as clear bias.
Early on in the Trump administration an obvious example of bias was seen. How early? Trump’s first day. He was being observed by the media while getting organized in the oval office. One media rep from the press pool noted that the MLK bust was gone and notified the other reporters (btw, a press pool member provides insights for other press members since the oval office has limited space). Later though the reporter had to walk the claim back because the bust was actually there. So instead of reporting on an historic day, the reporter desperately jumped on the first indiscretion he could … imagine. But gee, we can understand how difficult it would have been to verify his reporting. Do you know how much work it would have been to look around the whole oval office?!
And it continues today. You can’t read the front page of a major newspaper and not see as many adjectives and adverbs as there are coming out of a night school creative writing course. Whatever happened to who, what, where, and when? Now instead of the four W’s we get the four B’s: bias, bloviate, bluster, and bellow.
It turns out that Darwin was wrong. All along we thought that natural selection was a good thing. Out with the thought that survival of the fittest meant carrying on positive traits as a way of improving future generations’ ability to survive in their environment. Now, according to the New York Times, marrying someone with common interests, particularly if those interests include higher education and better incomes, tends to “propagate inequality across the generations.” Tyler Cowen’s little piece titled “The Marriage of Power Couples Reinforce Income Inequality” from the December 24, 2015, edition of the Times sets us straight and can be found here:
According to Tyler, economic costs are incurred by our society when people are determined “to do everything possible to advance the interests of their children.” When you’re a society that celebrates traits that could be considered the opposite of ambitious, energetic, industrious, and aspiring, we suppose it’s not surprising that there’s an expectation of guilt if we dare strive to be as independent and successful as possible. So all of you who haven’t found that perfect someone yet, don’t widen the income inequality gap any further. Truly embrace the opposites-attract reasoning and find that special person who doesn’t share your same drive for success. You may really dislike your life if you follow this doctrine, but you’ll rid yourself of that speck of guilt that otherwise may try to cling to your conscience if you “marry up.”