It will surprise no one, I suspect, to learn that the New York Times, a former newspaper, no longer so much as pretends to be an objective purveyor of the news. Rational people have known that for decades, but now, emboldened by Trump Derangement Syndrome, they’re admitting it, at least internally, as Prof. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection reports:
In an astounding audio transcript leaked to Slate, NY Times executive editor Dean Baquet reveals what we all knew: The NY Times is out to get Trump. It’s deliberate, it’s planned, and it’s shifting after Russia collusion failed to portray Trump as racist.
That the Times is hyper-sensitive to reader complaints explains why the Times became part of #TheResistance in pinning its hopes on Robert Mueller. But when Russia collusion fell apart after the Mueller Report was released, the Times has decided to focus on Trump being racist, Slate writes:
The closest Baquet came to identifying a moment when the paper had misjudged current events was when he described it as being ‘a little tiny bit flat-footed’ after the Mueller investigation ended. ‘Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, ‘Holy shit, Bob Mueller is not going to do it,’ Baquet said. ‘And Donald Trump got a little emboldened politically, I think. Because, you know, for obvious reasons. And I think that the story changed. A lot of the stuff we’re talking about started to emerge like six or seven weeks ago.’
Hmmm. Why might Mr. Trump be “emboldened”? Perhaps because everything The Times wrote was a hoax in furtherance of a coup attempt? Baquet worried about how to cover Trump now that the collusion hoax was dead. The obvious Leftist solution: RACIST!
Here’s the key passage from the transcript (emphasis added):
Dean Baquet: If we’re really going to be a transparent newsroom that debates these issues among ourselves and not on Twitter, I figured I should talk to the whole newsroom, and hear from the whole newsroom. We had a couple of significant missteps, and I know you’re concerned about them, and I am, too. But there’s something larger at play here. This is a really hard story, newsrooms haven’t confronted one like this since the 1960s. It got trickier after [inaudible] … went from being a story about whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character.We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well. Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story. [skip]
I think that we’ve got to change. I mean, the vision for coverage for the next two years is what I talked about earlier: How do we cover a guy who makes these kinds of remarks? How do we cover the world’s reaction to him?How do we do that while continuing to cover his policies? How do we cover America, that’s become so divided by Donald Trump? How do we grapple with all the stuff you all are talking about? How do we write about race in a thoughtful way, something we haven’t done in a large way in a long time? That, to me, is the vision for coverage. You all are going to have to help us shape that vision. But I think that’s what we’re going to have to do for the rest of the next two years.
In other words, the NYT plans to tailor its “news” coverage for the remainder of President Trump’s term to paint him—and all that support him–a racist, not that they haven’t been doing that already, just on the low (er) burner.They will also, of course, claim a recession is imminent, even though there is no more evidence of that than of Mr. Trump’s supposed racism. As I’ve often noted, news organizations generally don’t need to get together every morning to decide how to attack normal Americans. They all think alike, but in this case, they really are doing just that.
Kurt Schlichter has a quick take on the issue:
Now our grotesque liberal elite, backed up by the Fredocon goobers whose awakening intwokeness happened to perfectly coincide with their utter rejection by us actual conservatives, have decided that our entire history is based upon slavery. The New York Timesis spearheading this latest trash-the-rubes initiative, fresh off its ‘RUSSIA! TREASON! COLLUSION! EMOLUMENTS!’ humiliation. Trying to shame us – many of us literally veterans of the Cold War – with allegations of partying with Putin didn’t work out so great, so why not pivot to morally undermining us for having slaves we didn’t have?
Our elite is such garbage.
Indeed they are. Take the link and read Kurt’s entire article if you have any doubt about that. The Week also weighs in on the “1619 Project”:
Yet that isn’t the point of the 1619 project. The point, once again, is to ‘reframe American history’ so that this appalling history stands at the very center of who we are as a country. Achieving that goal has required the Times to treat history in a highly sensationalistic, reductionistic, and tendentious way, with the cumulative result resembling agitprop more than responsible journalism or scholarship. Putting aside any pretense toward nuance or complexity, the paper has surrendered to the sensibility of left-wing political activists. The result is unpersuasive — and a sad comment on the state of our country’s public life.
Throughout the issue of the NYTM, headlines make, with just slight variations, the same rhetorical move over and over again: “Here is something unpleasant, unjust, or even downright evil about life in the present-day United States. Bet you didn’t realize that slavery is ultimately to blame.” Lack of universal access to health care? High rates of sugar consumption? Callous treatment of incarcerated prisoners? White recording artists “stealing” black music? Harsh labor practices? That’s right — all of it, and far more, follows from slavery.
I’m sure it’s also responsible for climate change, hangnails, the common cold, Hillary Clinton and Colin Kaepernick’s hair.
And the 1619 Project is all about advancing a radical political agenda. The message it aims to convey is clear: The United States is and always has been, from its very origin, a racist country infected by a white supremacist ideology that has birthed and nurtured institutions and systems — from Congress to capitalism — that systematically disadvantage black Americans. Political actors of the present have a simple choice: They can either embrace (invariably left-liberal or socialist) policies that will begin the process of dismantling these pervasive forms of structural injustice — or they can oppose doing so and ensure that the injustices continue, with toxic racism remaining where it has been for the past four centuries, at the very center of American life. Those are the choices.
You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem.
And the only solution is to surrender your freedom and money to people like the staff of the NYT, far more moral, intelligent, and all around good than we pathetic Deplorables. An example of their superior intellects:
Here is a representative comment addressed to executive editor Dean Baquet:
Staffer: I just feel like racism is in everything. It should be considered in our science reporting, in our culture reporting, in our national reporting. And so, to me, it’s less about the individual instances of racism, and sort of how we’re thinking about racism and white supremacy as the foundation of all of the systems in the country. And I think particularly as we are launching a 1619 Project, I feel like that’s going to open us up to even more criticism from people who are like, ‘OK, well you’re saying this, and you’re producing this big project about this. But are you guys actually considering this in your daily reporting?’
Oh yeah. That’s what Americans are crying out for: “journalists” making every story about race. The New York Times: all racism, all white supremacy, all hatred for at least half of America, and for America itself, in every story, all the time. John Daniel Davidson at The Federalist neatly sums up The NYT’s intentions:
It’s impossible to understand The New York Times’ 1619 Project as anything but sweeping historical revisionism in the service of contemporary left-wing politics.
The gist of the project, named for the year the first Africans were brought to North America to be sold as slaves, is that everything about America, from our capitalist economy to our politics to the food we eat, can be explained by slavery and race. In other words, America was conceived in sin, born of evil intent, and all its lofty ideals about equality and liberty are nothing but a sham—the hypocritical stylings of slavers and white supremacists bent on the subjugation of their fellow man.
The Times is unambiguous: ‘In the days and weeks to come, we will publish essays demonstrating that nearly everything that has made America exceptional grew out of slavery.’ The arrival of those slaves in Virginia in 1619, we’re told, ‘inaugurated a barbaric system of chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years and form the basis for almost every aspect of American life.’
Everything that made America exceptional, every aspect of American life, all of it the legacy of slavery. The Times’ entire purpose here, by its own admission, is to ‘reframe the country’s history’ by placing slavery ‘at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.’ It should come as no surprise that, in this telling, we are an irredeemably wicked people, and always have been.
And of what will this reframing of American history consist? Lies and all their lesser variations. The invaluable Andrew Klavan routinely calls The New York Times“a former newspaper.” Can there be any doubt about his accuracy?
For a quick review of exactly why all honest Americans should absolutely distrust The New York Times,and most “journalists” these days, take this link from Ann Coulter.
There are two prongs to this attack on America and Normal Americans. I distinguish between Normal Americans and the rest because they don’t believe any of the accusations they so casually throw at Normal American’s apply to them. Like those that inhabit the NYT newsroom, they’re far too moral, intellectual and evolved for that.
The first prong is the usual smug, cruel, hateful, default disposition of the Democrat/Socialist/Communist left. It’s their job—I was going to say “holy crusade,” but they’re beyond, above any being higher than themselves—to subdue the Deplorables and force them to think, speak, act and live in socially just ways, their destiny to rule lesser beings. The second is an all out attempt to finish the coup against President Trump, half the country and the Constitution, the Obama Administration and it’s particularly stupid and evil thugs, arguably including Mr. Obama himself, began and will never abandon.
Will the NYT speak the truth about history? Will they tell the American people it was Democrats that violently opposed the abolition of slavery? That it was Democrats that violently opposed equal rights for Black Americans? That it was Democrats that turned fire hoses and police dogs on innocent, peaceful protesters, brutally beat them and unlawfully jailed them? Will they speak of the Democrats that brutalized children to prevent integration of the schools? Will they explain it was Democrats that lynched Black Americans and filled the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan? Will they emotionally speak of the Democrats that bombed Black homes and churches, murdering innocent little girls? Will they speak of how they cynically manipulate Black people today, promising the moon and delivering nothing? That’s the legacy of slavery, that’s where real racism was and remains today.
That these fundamentally evil people are trying to use the public schools to push their racism is as unsurprising as it is depraved. That’s merely a fundamental tactic of the D/S/Cs. They know if they can convince America’s children to hate themselves and their own country and countrymen, it will be much easier to establish their social justice utopia. Revising history is an essential, despicable tactic of totalitarians. Sadly, their lies will have an enthusiastic reception in many of America’s schools, that is unless people everywhere prevent it on the local level.
There can be no other conclusion: The NYT, and every other sort of D/S/Cs doing their utmost to devolve America into a pit of racial hatred are nothing less than evil, and they must be resisted, overcome, and utterly defeated if individual liberty–if America–is to be preserved. Perhaps it’s time to start the 2019 Project, which will, once and for all, spread love for America, Americans—all Americans—and cast race baiters and dishonest journalists (I know: one in the same) into—figuratively—the nether regions from whence they came.