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Candace Owens Goes Viral With Response To New York Times Reporter’s Email Citing, Yup, The New York Times



“I educated myself about both the neo-Nazi problem in Ukraine and the unyielding corruption by reading your newspaper, not Russian state media,” she continued. “Is there something specific I said that was different form what you guys have written in the past?”

Owens didn’t stop there; she followed up her email with another email which included five links to mainstream outlets reporting on the corruption in Ukraine. Two of the five links were from the Times.

“For more good measure, here are some more past articles written from reputable sources over the past few years about the corruption and neo-Nazi problem in Ukraine,” Owens wrote in the email.

“For clarity, are you now suggesting that what the western media covered extensively over the last few years is now just Russian propaganda?” she queried. “Are you suggesting all of these articles were sponsored by Russia state media?



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Bari Weiss: New York Times editor wanted Schumer to OK op-ed by GOP Sen. Tim Scott



During the interview, Weiss recalled a discussion among senior Times editors surrounding an op-ed submitted by Scott in the aftermath of the May 2020 police-involved slaying of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man, in Minneapolis.

According to Weiss, Scott’s office asked the Times to publish an op-ed about a piece of police reform legislation that the senator was working on called the Justice Act.

The proposed bill by Scott, who is the only black Republican in the US Senate, failed to pass due to Democratic opposition. Scott told Weiss that the “Democrats really wanted the issue more than the solution.”

“Well, here’s what happened,” Weiss told Scott. “And this is the part I’m not sure if you know. There was a discussion about the piece and whether or not we should run it.”

Weiss continued: “And one colleague, a more senior colleague said to a more junior colleague who was pushing for the piece, ‘Do you think the Republicans really care about minority rights?’”

“Wow,” Scott said.

“And the more junior colleagues said, ‘I think Tim Scott cares about minority rights’,” Weiss said.

“And then, and here’s the pretty shocking part. The more senior colleague said, ‘Let’s check with Sen. Schumer before we run it’,” Weiss said.

She added that the younger colleague refused to reach out to Schumer due to ethics concerns.

Scott’s op-ed was never published.
 

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New York Times Made A Bunch Of Affirmative Action Hires, Then Rated Them Lower Than Their White Colleagues



In other words, top editors at the Times have made a concerted effort to pass over white job candidates for “people of color,” and there has nonetheless been resentment among staff. Who could have seen that coming?

“The New York Times’s performance review system has for years given significantly lower ratings to employees of color,” the union said in its report published Tuesday. It determined that “being Hispanic reduced the odds of receiving a high score by about 60 percent, and being Black cut the chances of high scores by nearly 50 percent. Asians were also less likely than white employees to get high scores.”

This comes after the paper’s leadership made a big show in 2020 — A.K.A. the year of “fiery but mostly peaceful” Black Lives Matter rioting — about how it planned “to develop an ambitious, long-term strategy for making The Times more diverse, equitable and inclusive.”

The number of non-white people on staff has steadily increased since 2016, according to the paper’s own numbers, but performance reviews for those people of color have apparently not been so hot. The union averaged the performance reviews by race from 2018 to 2021 and found that black staff members had the lowest scores on each one, except last year, when it was Latinos. (Interestingly, the union notes that in the year of Patron Saint George Floyd, not a single black person on staff received the highest performance rating possible, while white staff made up almost 100 percent of the 50 people who did.)
 

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‘How Great You Are Hitler:’ NYT Freelancers Caught Making Antisemitic Posts Again


“How great you are, Hitler,” wrote NYT freelance filmmaker Soliman Hijjy in a 2012 Facebook post tracked by HonestReporting. In August, NYT also featured the work of freelance photographer Hosam Salem, who once celebrated a deadly bus bombing in Jerusalem, after they had just fired another freelancer who said he supports killing Jews, Fox News reported.

BREAKING NEWS 🚨
We have uncovered two more Palestinian “fixers” who lauded Adolf Hitler and Palestinian terrorism. A spokesperson @nytimes told @HonestReporting the paper is looking into the disturbing social media posts by Soliman Hijjy and Hosam Salem.https://t.co/ZdO2CYCB3t
— HonestReporting (@HonestReporting) August 24, 2022
 

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NYT Sends Reporter to Herschel Walker’s Hometown to Argue He Is ‘Not Part of the Black Community’




Times reporter John Branch, who is based in California, used mostly anonymous sources and anecdotes from visiting Walker’s hometown of Wrightsville to generalize that feelings that Walker, a Georgia football legend, is not in touch with the black community are “flowering ahead of November’s election.”

“Herschel’s not getting the Black vote because Herschel forgot where he came from. … He’s not part of the Black community,” Branch quoted Curtis Dixon, a black former high school teacher and coach of Walker’s, as saying.

Branch added, “Such feelings toward Mr. Walker have been present for decades. They are flowering ahead of November’s elections.”
 

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Ex-Trump Staffer Admits She ‘Worked Together’ With NYT Reporter Maggie Haberman During White House Years







“Maggie, I can speak from personal experience — we worked together when I was at the White House — and there was no reporter who got under Donald Trump’s skin the way you did, but he was also fixated on and almost seemed to want your approval,” Griffin began, referencing her time as the White House Communications Director.

“There were countless times you’ll remember that I would have to go grab you and say, ‘He wants to do an interview now,'” Griffin continued. “And in fact, a couple of times, if the terms weren’t right, you’d say no. Why do you think he’s so fixated on you — and it goes into the same question of afraid of you?”

“Alyssa, I really think it’s about The New York Times, which he is uniquely obsessed with, and this has gone back for decades,” Haberman replied. “His sense of being from the outer boroughs in New York City, the elites who he felt like looked down on him, even though he wanted their approval.”
 

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Ghoulish NYT Suggests Florida Deserves Hurricanes for Not Supporting Climate Agenda



Typing up this propaganda article on behalf of their Democrat Party, “reporters” Christopher Flavelle and Jonathan Weisman ran with the title Florida Leaders Rejected Major Climate Laws. Now They’re Seeking Storm Aid.”

The two ghoulish leftists added a subtitle that was just as vile: “Senior Republican politicians in the state have opposed federal action against global warming, which is making storms like Hurricane Ian more destructive.”

Flavelle and Weisman wasted no time in leveling as many cheap partisan attacks as they could in the first paragraph. “Hurricane Ian’s wrath made clear that Florida faces some of the most severe consequences of climate change anywhere in the country,” Flavelle and Weisman cried. Adding: “The state’s top elected leaders opposed the most significant climate legislation to pass Congress — laws to help fortify states against, and recover from, climate disasters, and confront their underlying cause: the burning of fossil fuels.”

Continuing to smear Florida Republicans, the two New York Times propagandists whined that “Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott voted against last year’s bipartisan infrastructure law, which devotes some $50 billion to help states better prepare for events like Ian because they said it was wasteful.”

Whining some more, they then bemoaned how “in August, they joined every fellow Republican in the Senate to oppose a new climate law that invests $369 billion in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the largest such effort in the country’s history.”

This two supposed journalists decided to omit what else was lerking in the infrastructure bill while cherry-picking the part that made the Republicans look bad. The two also failed to explain how their opposition last month created or strengthened Ian.
 

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NY Times' Roose Sees 'Right-Wing Trolls...Extremism' if Musk Takes Twitter




New York Times technology reporter Kevin Roose, who shares a censorious streak with many of his tech colleagues, reacted with dismay on the news that space entrepreneur Elon Musk’s on-again, off-again courtship of social media platform Twitter is back on again, on Wednesday: “Elon Musk’s Twitter Will Be a Wild Ride.”

One of Roose’s main concerns: That free-speech advocate Musk might make conservative voices acceptable on Twitter again. He also got in yet another smear of the conservative humor site The Babylon Bee:

Mr. Musk, who styles himself a centrist but often crusades against the “woke left,” has made no secret of his plans to make Twitter a friendlier platform for right-wing voices. He has expressed support for The Babylon Bee, a conservative satire site whose Twitter account was suspended after it published a transphobic humor piece about a Biden administration official.

(In October 2020, Roose whined that the humor site had a nasty “habit of skirting the line between misinformation and satire.” Needless to say, the leftist satire of The Onion doesn’t receive the same lectures from Times reporters.)

He warned that by the 2024 election, “The platform could look radically different by then -- more right-wing trolls, fewer guardrails against misinformation and extremism -- or it could be largely the same.”

Roose almost sounds like he’s rooting for Democrats in this paragraph.

Republicans are, for obvious reasons, excited about Mr. Musk’s taking over. But the ultimate political consequences of his ownership are harder to predict. It’s theoretically possible -- though, I concede, probably unlikely -- that Mr. Musk’s owning Twitter could be good for Democrats in 2022 and 2024, if it allows more Republican politicians to stake out extreme positions on Twitter that end up backfiring on them at the ballot box.
 

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There Are Two Americas Now: One With a B.A. and One Without



Case and Deaton write that the correlation between Republican voting and life expectancy “goes from plus-0.42 when Gerald Ford was the Republican candidate — healthier states voted for Ford and against Carter — to minus-0.69 in 2016 and –0.64 in 2020. States classified as the least healthy voted for Trump and against Biden.”

Case and Deaton contend that the ballots cast for Donald Trump by members of the white working class “are surely not for a president who will dismantle safety nets but against a Democratic Party that represents an alliance between minorities — whom working-class whites see as displacing them and challenging their once solid if unperceived privilege — and an educated elite that has benefited from globalization and from a soaring stock market, which was fueled by the rising profitability of those same firms that were increasingly denying jobs to the working class.”

Carol Graham, a senior fellow at Brookings, described the erosion of economic and social status for whites without college degrees in a 2021 paper:

From 2005 to 2019, an average of 70,000 Americans died annually from deaths of despair (suicide, drug overdose, and alcohol poisoning). These deaths are concentrated among less than college educated middle-aged whites, with those out of the labor force disproportionately represented. Low-income minorities are significantly more optimistic than whites and much less likely to die of these deaths. This despair reflects the decline of the white working class. Counties with more respondents reporting lost hope in the years before 2016 were more likely to vote for Trump.

Lack of hope, in Graham’s view, “is a central issue. The American dream is in tatters and, ironically, it is worse for whites.” America’s high levels of reported pain, she writes, “are largely driven by middle-aged whites. As there is no objective reason that whites should have more pain than minorities, who typically have significantly worse working conditions and access to health care, this suggests psychological pain as well as physical pain.”
 

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NYT Urges Democrats to ‘Switch Tacks’ on Inflation They ‘Exacerbated’








The warning to Democrats comes as recent polling revealed 80 percent of voters say the Democrats’ inflation will be a “major” factor in how they vote. Inflation is the number one issue nationwide and among all eight Senate swing states.

An October Heritage Foundation study shows wages for American families are down $6,000 after adjusting for inflation, an increase from an earlier estimate that put the decline in real wages at $4,200.

Democrats have tried to reduce inflation by passing the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act,” which experts say will not reduce inflation but could further increase soaring costs.

“We’ll have to message it better in the next three weeks ahead,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told Punchbowl News last week. “Inflation is there, but it’s global and not as bad as it is in some countries.”
 

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NYT reporter says quiet part out loud, Biden was ‘an emergency nominee’ and Dems didn’t plan ahead



Martin appeared on CNN’s “Inside Politics” Sunday as the leftist panel discussed former President Obama hitting the campaign trail for flailing Democrats over the weekend in Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin. First Lady Jill Biden was out stumping for leftist candidates as well but the president spent the weekend at his Delaware home and was ostensibly nowhere to be seen a week before midterm elections.

“I think Obama being out there in places that Biden cannot go, Georgia, Nevada, the two most obvious examples, it does say a lot about Democrats, sort of where the party is today, right?” Martin commented. “But Biden was essentially an emergency nominee in 2020 because the entire criteria of the party – who can beat Trump – and he was obviously the answer.”

“But there was not a lot of thought given to longer-term planning so they now have a near 80-year-old incumbent president and they’re relying on somebody who was last on the ballot a decade ago to come in as their closer in the midterms,” he added. “It tells you a lot about where things are and – there is a bench there, but it is just not quite there ready to go in the game just yet because Biden is still the president.”

Obama will also appear in Pennsylvania on November 5, a state that is crucial for Democrats in a last-ditch effort to get a stroke-impaired John Fetterman elected to the Senate according to Fox News. That is increasingly looking like it won’t happen as Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz has now closed the gap and RealClearPolitics is calling the race a tossup, with Oz projected to win the seat.





 

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NY Times opinion: It's a shame liberal comedy is not as popular as it once was


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The author of this opinion piece is an academic from the the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her basic argument is that ironic liberal comedy isn’t as popular as it once was and that’s bad news for reasons she never bothers to explain or justify. But as I hope to show in a moment, even this argument such as it is, seems to ignore a lot of relevant facts in order to reach what feels like a predetermined conclusion.

Trevor Noah recently surprised fans (and, according to some accounts, also Comedy Central management) when he announced plans to leave “The Daily Show.” His departure is one of many notable personnel changes in late-night television: James Corden will leave “The Late Late Show” next year, TBS canceled “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee,” and Desus and Mero broke up with each other and their hugely successful Showtime late-night show beloved by a diverse viewership of millennials.
Prominent entertainers leave jobs all the time, but media watchers see something more systemic in the recent spate of departures. Dylan Byers describes the “contracting genre” as an economic problem: “The eight-figure late-night host increasingly doesn’t match the new economics of the late-night business.” The economics used to look like big advertisers paying for a captive audience that tuned in for pulpy takes on mainstream American culture.
But audiences have not been flocking to late-night television for some time. Advertisers have continued to support the time slot not necessarily because it works but because there was little else competing for the late-night audience. Throwing good money after bad, as it were. That cannot last forever.

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Maybe I’m missing some nuance of how the author is dividing up the world of comedy and outrage, but it’s certainly news to me that liberal entertainment like the Daily Show didn’t rely on outrage or alternatively that conservative entertainment doesn’t rely on humor and satire. Here I have to give credit to a commenter who made the point.

I’m sorry but this article displays only a surface level understanding of conservative media. First of all, Joe Rogan is not conservative by any means. He is merely willing to listen and talk to conservatives. His show is closer to Howard Stern of the 90s- a show that was considered liberal then btw. There’s also plenty of similar shows to Ben Shapiro, Pod Save America being one of many.
And yes Fox News beats other tv news outlets- mostly because we’ve silo’d all of the conservatives to there. Look at the four late night talk show hosts. They’ve ALL devolved i to easy anti conservative jokes during the Trump administration. There’s nothing to differentiate them…

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There’s some outrage on Gutfeld’s show but there’s also a lot of broad humor and satire. And more to the point, look at what he’s competing against. Again, some of the commenters made the point the author seems to have missed about what has happened to left-leaning comedy over the past several years.

Much of late night tv has turned into nothing more than progressive hectoring. It’s endlessly repetitive and tedious to all but the most devout.

And another:

I am a moderate republican who stopped watching these shows a long time ago. Not because I don’t agree with their opinions, I loved Jon Stewart; it’s because they aren’t funny anymore. I can get my fill of political discourse elsewhere. David Letterman and Jay Leno were hilarious. Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee used to funny people, they have turned into unfunny scolds.

And another:

There was always a political tilt to late night TV, but sometime in the mid 2010s it shifted from actual joking to downright lecturing. The speed at which the culture war changed long held positions on topics was shocking to people. Certain positions that were mainstream 5 years ago became literal “bigoted” positions overnight. It turned a lot of people off. Trump is everything wrong with everyone wrapped up into one human, but did the majority of people want to tune in and hear that rehashed endlessly every night?

And another:

You never knew Johnny Carson’s politics. He skewered left and right equally, when he addressed political figures at all. And everyone loved him.
The decline starts when late night became just another soap box for one side only.

I could keep going:

I am liberal through and through, but I can tell you that the far left is where humor goes to die just as much as the far right. The college classroom has drastically changed from when I started teaching 20 years ago. There is no laughter anymore (and no debate, either) because the students are terrified of offending anyone or being thought of as ‘insensitive’ and un-woke.
They simply do not understand satire, and they analyze every comment, every TV show, every joke and every utterance through the social justice lens taken to ridiculous (dare I say, laughable?) extremes. It’s made large swaths of the progressive left utterly humorless.
 

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Hollywood is rethinking woke; NYT calls this "regression"


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Weinstein was only taken out because female actresses have gained power and prestige, not because the average Hollywood miscreant suddenly became woke. Woke was the public marketing campaign, not some moral awakening. The Red Carpet crowd does not nor ever did care about morality, whatever they say. They just made the mistake of believing that the public would admire them for their moral preening, but now that it is costing real money they are going to toss the woke BS like a doggie doo bag after picking up turds.

…Hollywood’s business culture has started to regress in subtle ways.
New problems — widespread cost-cutting as the box office continues to struggle, coming union contract negotiations that producers worry will result in a filming shutdown — have become a higher priority. Fearing blowback, media companies that were vocal about #MeToo and Black Lives Matter have been quieter on more recent political debates over cultural issues.

Businesses worried about the collapsing bottom line? I am shocked to hear it. Who could have guessed that when something is killing a business, the powers-that-be decide to jettison it?

Diversity, equity and inclusion executives say they are exhausted by an old-boy network that is continuously trying to reconstitute itself: Women who were hired for big jobs and held up as triumphant examples of a new era have been pushed aside, while some of the men who were sidelined by misconduct accusations are working again.
If asked to speak on the record about their continued dedication to change, Hollywood executives refuse or scramble in terror toward the “we remain staunchly committed” talking points written by publicists. But what they say privately is a different story. Some revert to sexist and racist language. Certainly, much of the fervor is gone.

You mean the people running Hollywood–those people who briefly became paragons of moral virtue, still turn out to be the evil jerks they were 10 minutes before Weinstein went from hero to zero? OMG, the shock of discovering this! The problem isn’t women gaining power in Hollywood; it is that untalented screeching harpies have seized power, and that sucks.

“For three years, we hired nothing but women and people of color,” said a senior film executive, who like many leaders in the industry is a white male. He added that he did not think some of them were able to do the jobs they got.
In hushed conversations over lunch at Toscana Brentwood and cocktails at the San Vicente Bungalows, some powerful producers and agents have started to question the commercial viability of inclusion-minded films and shows.
They point to terrible ticket sales for films like “Bros,” the first gay rom-com from a major studio, and “Easter Sunday,” a comedy positioned as a watershed moment for Filipino representation. “Ms. Marvel,” a critically adored Disney+ series about a teenage Muslim superhero, was lightly viewed, according to Nielsen’s measurements.
 

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Chris Hayes frets his ‘worst fears’ have been realized since Elon Musk acquired Twitter




Hayes began his guest essay by describing Musk’s handling of Twitter as a “near-death experience,” if not the end of it entirely. He wrote, “If Twitter survives — and I fervently hope it does — its near-death experience has revealed something fundamental about our online lives: the digital spaces of civic life, the ‘public town square’ as Mr. Musk deemed Twitter, have been privatized, to our collective detriment.”

He criticized the world’s richest man for taking the company private, contrary to the wishes of its previous owner, Jack Dorsey. He said, “Before Mr. Musk bought Twitter, its co-founder and former C.E.O. Jack Dorsey said of the platform that no one should own it, that it ‘wants to be a public good at a protocol level.’”

He continued by praising Twitter prior to Musk as “an arena where something akin to the global conversation was taking place.” He added, “it came closest to executing on the core vision of what the global town square could look like.”

He continued, “That’s why there was so much apprehension when Mr. Musk bought the site: No one man should have all that power.”

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Twitter was run by the Board of Directors with approval of the Stock Holders
 

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"Why is the former president [on the campaign trail], and not the current president?"

Because in effect he IS the President.
Certainly Joe Biden isn't.
 

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NYT Repelled by New ‘Deeply Conservative’ Congress ‘Bedevil[ing]’ Poor Biden



Already out of Thanksgiving cheer, The New York Times delivered a cold housewarming greeting to the incoming Republican-controlled House of Representatives in Saturday’s “Meet the House Republicans Who Will Wield Power in the New Congress.”

Reporters Catie Edmondson, Luke Broadwater, and Emily Cochrane made it clear what they thought of the incoming GOP, as an unwelcome disruptor of the poor put-upon Democratic President Biden:

Republicans may have won control of the House by only the slimmest of margins, but in a chamber that operates purely by majority rule, their razor-thin edge has given them all the tools they need to plunge the Biden administration into a morass of investigations.
Wielding gavels and subpoena power, the Republicans set to lead influential House committees have pledged to bedevil President Biden on a litany of issues
, including the foreign business dealings of his son Hunter Biden, security at the southern border, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Justice Department’s initiative to address threats of violence and harassment directed at school administrators and school board members.
At the same time, they will face calls from their conservative base -- and an influential clutch of hard-liners in Congress -- to impeach a phalanx of officials, from Mr. Biden himself to the vice president and cabinet secretaries.

The Times leaned hard on the identity card, at least when it makes Democrats look good.
 
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