Writing about her paper's biased, social-activist coverage of the firing of Reddit chief executive Ellen Pao, New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan let slip an unannounced editorial change by the Times, opening the floodgates even wider for reporters to inject liberal impulses into their news stories: "They want to provide 'value-added' coverage," not the "just the facts" reporting "that one can get anywhere." For the Times, "value-added" means "liberal bias."
The lead story in Friday's New York Times takes the left-wing, Krugman-esque position that "conservative" Germany has been"selfish" and unfair to debt-laden Greece in demanding strict conditions on the bankrupt socialist country in return for an international bailout: "But in negotiating a new deal this week to bail out Greece, Germany displayed what many Europeans saw as a harder, more selfish edge, demanding painful measures from Athens and resisting any firm commitment to granting Greece relief from its crippling debt."
Political reporter Jackie Calmes, a prime defender of Democrats from her New York Times perch, suggested in Wednesday's edition that an undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood harvesting body parts of aborted babies would mean "political danger" for Republicans. Calmes not only played the shocking revelations as a purely political issue, but suggested any emphasis on the gruesome practice would backfire on Republicans. Calmes even refused to describe Planned Parenthood as an abortion provider, saying only that its "wide-ranging health services include breast cancer tests."
Howell Raines, the controversial former editor of the New York Times and self-described "liberal to radical," notorious for using his perch to crusade against the all-male policies of Augusta National Golf Club and Fox News, is back with some helpful advice for the "punitive" political party he loathes in a guest column for the paper's Sunday Review: "Anecdotal evidence indicates that affluent Southern Republicans continue to believe that minority voters can be attracted with punitive polices based on the Paul Ryan model....The region’s most affluent citizens always resist the obvious at first....In the ’60s Birmingham’s business leaders allowed George Wallace to run amok in their town. It will take awhile for Southern and national Republicans to understand that, as Mr. Frey put it, 'Demographics is destiny.'"
Timothy Egan, liberal New York Times reporter turned left-wing Times columnist, portrayed the Republican field as avidly chasing the "red-faced" "immigrant-hatred vote," calling out not only Donald Trump but Ted Cruz, a Cuban-American: "It will only get better as Republican primaries move into all-white, anti-immigrant strongholds. Here, you can expect to see clusters of red-faced older men clutching copies of ¡Adios, America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole, by the polemicist Ann Coulter...."
Friday's front-page New York Times "news analysis" reveled in the alleged difficulties posed to the Republican Party by real-estate mogul and presidential hopeful Donald Trump, under fire for controversial statements about illegal immigrants from Mexico. A Times triumvirate of reporters held the party's feet to the fire and found an age/racial angle to boot ("aging, anxious white voters"), while urging the GOP to denounce Trump, as of yesterday: "Can't Fire Him: G.O.P. Frets Over What to Do With Trump."
Moderate Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, constant critic of conservativces. Conservative activist Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who has survived brutal battles with public unions. Both are Republicans running presidential campaigns on their own terms, according to separate stories on A18 of Thursday's New York Times. But that's where the similarities in their treatment ends. While Graham was a "jovial...thoughtful man" who told "hard truths" to his stubbornly conservative party, Walker was a "political lifer" who was definitely "obsessive" over politics, and possibly "unprincipled" as well.
They're at it again. New York Times movie critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis once again drained the fun out of another slate of summer action flicks, smothering the popcorn with a heavy dose of stale feminist politics in "Heroines Triumph at Box Office, but Has Anything Changed in Hollywood?," their latest turgid annual summer movie diatribe against sexism in Hollywood. Liberal feminist male critic (Scott), who once called Michael Moore "a credit to the Republic," debated ultra-liberal feminist female film critic (Dargis), who celebrated "watching Charlize Theron lead a revolution against a decadent pasty patriarchy" in the new Mad Max movie, and "a rising activism or maybe newfound gutsiness in the industry that echoes the resurgent feminism we’ve seen on college campuses and elsewhere."
Labeling bias on the front page of Friday's New York Times, with one of the paper's frequent GOP targets in the sights of reporters Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin (pictured): "Scott Walker’s Hard Right Turn in Iowa May Hurt Him Elsewhere." It's the paper's latest attempt to poison the well for conservative candidates by warning them of lurching to the right. Meanwhile, the Times celebrated Hillary Clinton (she of the "extraordinary career") and her lurch to the left on gay marriage.
New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak weighed in on Tuesday's front page on two Supreme Court decisions, both favorable to conservatives. Yet in both cases Liptak led his coverage off by detailing the losing liberal arguments: "The move, which supporters of race-conscious admissions programs called baffling and ominous, signaled that the court may limit or even end such affirmative action."
For years, New York Times movie critic Manohla Dargis has ruined the summer movie season from her self-righteous, overly liberal movie review perch at the New York Times, and her pan of the raunchy, race-saturated comedy Ted 2 solemnly, self-righteously instructs her readership on what is funny and what is not: "It all depends on context, which is why some pokes in the eye are funny and others aren’t. And maybe this movie might have been funny (or at least tolerably wince-worthy) before dead black bodies again became an emblem of our national trauma."
Surprising precisely no one, the New York Times greeted the launch of the presidential campaign of Bobby Jindal, conservative Republican governor of Louisiana, with an almost wholly negative story, portraying the governor as an unpopular failure: "Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is Louisiana’s first nonwhite governor since Reconstruction but whose popularity plummeted as the state struggled with a $1.6 billion shortfall...." He's certainly no Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont whom the Times greeted far more favorably when he entered the race, for "injecting a progressive voice into the contest."
The New York Times wasted no time politicizing the massacre by white supremacist Dylann Roof at a black church in Charleston, S.C. Already writers for the paper have soared beyond the tragic facts of the case to sharpen the issue into a political weapon, indicting Republican attempts to protect voting integrity through voter ID, even comparing opposition to an Obama-care proposal to slavery.
More liberal media double standards: The New York Times, which would move, ahem, heaven and earth to get religion out of politics when it comes to companies that refuse on religious grounds to pay for birth control, eagerly embraces the perceived moral authority of Christianity when it comes to its leftist issues like global warming. Exhibit A: Avowedly activist environmental reporter Justin Gillis praising environmentalist Christians on the front page of Sunday's edition: "For Faithful, Social Justice Goals Demand Action on Environment."
Strange new religious respect: The formal release of Pope Francis's long-anticipated encyclical on global warming dominated Friday's New York Times, which avidly covered it from both environmental and religious angles -- quite unlike the paper's hostile treatment of the Vatican's stands on abortion and birth control. Laurie Goodstein, the paper's chief religion reporter, seemed to thoroughly enjoy seeing political conservatives "fuming" about the document's hard critiques of capitalism, while breathing not a word about the encyclical's condemnation of abortion.
Frank Bruni went petty to accuse the Republican candidates of backwards sexism in his latest New York Times column, "The G.O.P.'s Blinkered Contenders." Bruni, who previously served as a White House correspondent for the Times, used a single word by Sen. Rand Paul to bizarrely condemn the entire party for sexism – "a medieval metaphor" that "revealed an antiquated mind-set." The word? "wife."
Scott Shane's front-page New York Times Tuesday on a liberal mosque in Boston, a city that's hosted a growing number of Islamic terrorists and extremists, focused on a liberal mosque that promotes tolerance: "Muslims Work To Shed Stigma Tied to Terror – in Boston, a Tolerant Vision of Islam." But Shane's feverish defense of peaceful American Muslims calls up questions of his own previous story, that blamed conservative critics of Islam for fomenting international Islamic extremism.
Justin Gillis, the most avowedly activist environmental reporter at The New York Times, made the front page of the Science Times with a feature on climate scientist heroine Naomi Oreskes, author of "Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming." Gillis called Oreskes a subject of "far right" attacks from "people pushing climate denial."
Patrick Healy penned a theatrical tribute to hard-left Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders thatappeared in the New York Times Sunday Review: "Can America Back an Underdog? Broadway Did." Healy, a former political reporter, eagerly sold socialist Sanders as a scrappy underdog, just like the musical Fun Home. Healy even contradicted his own previous Obama reporting to make his odd comparison work, while celebrating both Obama and Sanders as purveyors of "authenticity" seen by voters as "the real deal."
The New York Times magazine launched another emotional attack on Wisconsin's Republican (and presidential hopeful) Gov. Scott Walker, whom the paper cannot forgive for successfully taming his state's public unions and then surviving an expensive, union-funded recall election. Contributor Dan Kaufman's romanticized, pro-union 5,700-word cover story was advertised as "Labor's Last Stand -- Scott Walker and the dismantling of American unions." A pull quote from a union official captures the tone: "Wisconsin has become a kind of laboratory for oligarchs to implement their political and economic agenda."