The wheels continue to come off of this year’s edition of New York City’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. Major sponsors continue to flee the Parade after its catastrophic decision to bestow upon convicted FALN terrorist Oscar López Rivera its first-ever “National Freedom Hero” designation right before marching him down Fifth Avenue. As leaders such as City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito seek cover from the Oscar blowback, it is important that we take a few minutes to separate fact from fiction, in order to better understand why this is happening.
Goya Foods, the nation's oldest and best-known Hispanic food company, has withdrawn its support from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City, given the Parade's recent decision to become a vehicle with which to honor unrepentant FALN terrorist Oscar López Rivera. But what of the other sponsors?
Teasing an upcoming report on Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer hyped fears that security measures in New York City for Donald Trump were driving local shops and restaurants out of business: “Up next, is increased security for the President-elect around Trump Tower bankrupting nearby businesses?”
Sunday’s New York Times went from positioning race-baiter Al Sharpton as a credible voice of anti-Trump dissent, to hailing the wisdom of another liberal MSNBC host: Chris Matthews. Matthews' horrified reaction to Trump-supporting Rudy Giuliani led off a contemptuous profile of the former NYC mayor, written by the eccentric reporter Alan Feuer: “America’s Mayor Rolls the Dice.” Feuer threw around psychiatric slurs: "Something had gone horribly wrong with Mr. Giuliani. There seemed no other way to explain it....To Mr. Giuliani’s critics, the answer was obvious: incipient mental illness."
The Democrats insist that "voter fraud is very rare" and that "voter impersonation is nearly non-existent." The press has consistently almost completely ignored evidence that voter fraud and voter impersonation are serious and growing problems. One can expect that indifference will continue to be the norm even after the latest video produced by James O'Keefe's Project Veritas. The video shows a Democratic Commissioner of the Board of Elections Alan Schulkin of New York County, which is the county-level name for the Manhattan borough of New York City, at a holiday party in December 2015 "admitting that there is widespread voter fraud in New York City."
The New York Times was extraordinarily slow to the draw in covering the controversial Phoenix airport meeting between U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton. Its first in-house recognition of the Monday evening meeting took place Thursday evening, over 48 hours after the first media reports of it had appeared. That report by Mark Lander was relegated to Page A17 of the paper's Friday print edition.
Seth Lipsky of the New York Post found a dramatic contrast on swimming pools and religious orthodoxy on June 2 (and additionally mocked Monday by James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal). Call it Islamic privilege. The Times can't stand Orthodox Jewish women having sex-segregated swimming hours in a public space....but lauded it for Muslim women in February.
Thursday’s Good Morning America featured the Democratic Attorney General of New York, Eric Schneiderman, who has led the charge on the 2013 Trump University case in the state. The prominent Clinton supporter insisted to co-host George Stephanopoulos (who is also a notorious Clinton Foundation donor) that the case was “not political!”
Almost any time a government agency or program fails to perform, those involved complain that they don't have enough money to properly do their jobs. Unless the matter involves national defense, the press gullibly swallows their contentions.
The Transportation Safety Administration is the latest case in point. Lines at airport security checkpoints are already getting noticeably longer, and we haven't yet hit the summer travel season, with "all signs" predicting that "queues will far surpass those of years past." Items at, among other places, the New York Times ("tight budgets"), Bloomberg News ("budgetary limits"), and WABC News in Newark ("budget cuts") are all trying to help the agency get its hands on more taxpayer money. A Tuesday editorial at Investor's Business Daily — as usual, reporting facts beat journalists somehow never get around to reporting — tells us that more money hasn't solved the problem before, and that there's a better answer (links are in original; bolds are mine):
Amy Chozick, chief Hillary Clinton follower and supporter at the New York Times, joined in the celebration of Clinton’s solid win in Tuesday’s New York primary on the front page: “Democratic Primary Triumph Is a Story of Love Rekindled.” Chozick went far beyond praise for a successful campaign, molding carpetbagging Clinton into a true blue New Yorker, dancing and playing dominoes all across the city and ending with Hillary triumphant: “'I love New York,' Mrs. Clinton said, squinting in the bright primary-day sun."
On Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS, host Zakaria used a segment promoting an effort to legalize heroin in Ithaca, New York, as a way to mock Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz's negative comments about "New York values," as the CNN host tagged the effort "a New York value that Ted Cruz would probably hate" and later concluded "Maybe Ithaca's bold proposal -- its New York values -- aren't so bad after all."
The New York Times has been accused of slanting its 2016 political coverage toward Hillary Clinton while stiffing Bernie Sanders. Well, in Thursday’s edition, there was balance: the paper’s coverage was equally effusive for both Democrats. While Hillary Clinton got a mawkish front-page celebration of her supposedly personal, secret work with black mothers whose children had been killed in confrontations with police, Sanders also made the day's front page, with a reverential report by Patrick Healy on the candidate's crowd-getting abilities in progressive Greenwich Village in “Sanders Carries Fight on ‘Status Quo’ to Village.”