PowerLine -> John Hinderaker – New York Times Whines: Boo Hoo! + Ted Kennedy Died Ten Years Ago. It is Time for Liberals, and America, to Reassess His Life and Crimes

PowerLine -> John Hinderaker – New York Times Whines: Boo Hoo! + Ted Kennedy Died Ten Years Ago. It is Time for Liberals, and America, to Reassess His Life and Crimes

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  • New York Times Whines: Boo Hoo!
  • Loose Ends (96) [with comment by Paul]
  • Tom Cotton: We should buy Greenland
  • Kushner boasts that felons are joining the GOP
  • Fire in the Minds of (Climate) Men
New York Times Whines: Boo Hoo!

Posted: 26 Aug 2019 12:11 PM PDT

(John Hinderaker)The back story is what happened to Tom Wright-Piersanti, a senior political editor (!) at the New York Times. It came to light a few days ago that he has a history of grossly anti-Semitic and racist tweets, most notoriously this one:

I was going to say ‘Crappy Jew Year,’ but one of my resolutions is to be less anti-Semitic. So … HAPPY Jew Year. You Jews.

The timing is unfortunate for the Times, as it fits with a growing perception that the paper has a serious anti-Semitism problem. The Times demoted but did not fire, Wright-Piersanti. Other prominent liberal news outlets have experienced similar problems, including CNN, whose employee Mohammed Elshamy resigned over various anti-Semitic tweets, including “More than 4 Jewish pigs killed in #Jerusalem today by the Palestinian bomb explode.” Written like a true journalist.

Elshamy played the victim card, which the Times is now doing as well. In an article yesterday, the paper headlined: “Trump Allies Target Journalists Over Coverage Deemed Hostile to White House.” “Targeting” journalists means exposing indefensible conduct on their part.

A loose network of conservative operatives allied with the White House is pursuing what they say will be an aggressive operation to discredit news organizations deemed hostile to President Trump by publicizing damaging information about journalists.

It is the latest step in a long-running effort by Mr. Trump and his allies to undercut the influence of legitimate news reporting.

Legitimate news reporting like “Crappy Jew Year” and “4 Jewish pigs,” apparently. And the Times’s top newsman, Executive Editor Dean Baquet, is on record telling his staff that after two years of trying to destroy President Trump with the Russia collusion hoax, the paper will now admit defeat on that front and switch over to constantly accusing Trump of being a racist, in its ongoing attempt to destroy his administration. This is “legitimate news reporting”?

Four people familiar with the operation described how it works, asserting that it has compiled dossiers of potentially embarrassing social media posts and other public statements by hundreds of people who work at some of the country’s most prominent news organizations.

The group has already released information about journalists at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times — three outlets that have aggressively investigated Mr. Trump — in response to reporting or commentary that the White House’s allies consider unfair to Mr. Trump and his team or harmful to his re-election prospects.

No fair! The Times apparently expected President Trump and his supporters to take the paper’s false and vicious attacks on him lying down. Once again, the president has defied the expectations of liberals.

It is not possible to independently assess the claims about the quantity or potential significance of the material the pro-Trump network has assembled. Some involved in the operation have histories of bluster and exaggeration.

The Times’s lack of self-awareness is remarkable.

It is Trump–naturally!–who is responsible for the pickle the Times and other news outlets find themselves in:

The campaign is consistent with Mr. Trump’s long-running effort to delegitimize critical reporting and brand the news media as an “enemy of the people.” The president has relentlessly sought to diminish the credibility of news organizations and cast them as politically motivated opponents.

Journalism, he said in a tweet last week, is “nothing more than an evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party.”

This is a minor example of how the Times lies and deceives about the president every day, on just about every page. What Trump actually tweeted was:

…..”Journalism” has reached a new low in the history of our Country. It is nothing more than an evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party. The reporting is so false, biased and evil that it has now become a very sick joke…But the public is aware! #CROOKEDJOURNALISM

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2019

Trump was denouncing fake “journalism” as practiced by the Times, not real journalism.

Times publisher “Pinch” Sulzberger followed up the paper’s news story with a memo to Times staffers that was thoroughly delusional. It was titled “A note to staff by New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger calling attention to a Times story about a campaign led by President Trump’s allies intended to harass and embarrass individuals affiliated with several leading news organizations.”

Yes, to “harass and embarrass” them by showing that they are self-acknowledged anti-Semites and racists. How unfair can you get?

We published an article today revealing a coordinated campaign by President Trump’s allies to attack hundreds of journalists in retaliation for coverage of the administration. This unprecedented campaign appears designed to harass and embarrass anyone affiliated with independent news organizations that have asked tough questions and brought uncomfortable truths to light.

Uncomfortable truths about Jews, blacks and Indian-Americans. How dare they question the New York Times?

The New York Times, which has distinguished itself with fearless and fair coverage of the president, is one of the main targets of this assault.

Dean Baquet does not even pretend that the paper’s coverage of President Trump has been “fair.” It has been intended to drive him from office and replace him with a Democrat at the earliest opportunity.

Unable to challenge the accuracy of our reporting…

My best guess is that this is NOT intended as a joke.

…political operatives have been scouring social media and other sources to find any possibly embarrassing information on anyone associated with The Times, no matter their rank…

It extends even to lowly senior politics editors!

…role or actual influence on our journalism. Their goal is to silence critics and undermine the public’s faith in independent journalism.

I think, rather, their goal is to undermine the public’s faith in partisan “journalism”–as President Trump put it–that consistently peddles fake news. Although to be fair, there is scarcely any faith left in rags like the New York Times.


Loose Ends (96) [with comment by Paul]

Posted: 26 Aug 2019 11:58 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward) What’s this? Joe Biden falling, and Elizabeth Warren ascending (as I predicted several weeks ago on one of our podcasts)? Notice the trends in this Monmouth Poll released today:

Also, note that Sanders is not going away and that Warren’s gains seem not to be coming necessarily at Sanders’s expense. Which suggests more upside among “progressives” for Warren.

Chaser: Over the weekend, up in New Hampshire, Biden said, “I want to be clear; I’m not going nuts.” I’m sure this will help.

 Feel Good Story of the Day:

Jihadi Karma: ISIS Fighter Killed by Drone Bomb He Was Operating After It Ran Low on Battery and Flew Back

AN ISIS terrorist blew himself up when the drone bomb he was operating ran low on battery — and flew back. The idiotic killer was targeting allied forces after the Battle for Mosul in northern Iraq.

Civilian drones — as weaponised by ISIS — automatically ‘boomerang’ back to their point of launch when they start to run out of power. They are programmed to return to prevent owners losing their machines.

This is why I make sure to fully charge Power Line’s drones before I send them out on an air raid. I hate it when my drones boomerang back.

 What’s this? An article saying Ted Kennedy’s reputation should be reassessed appearing at (checks notes) NBC News?

Ted Kennedy Died Ten Years Ago. It is Time for Liberals, and America, to Reassess His Life and Crimes

By David Mark

. . . It’s been a long 10 years, though. Since then, the country has gone through the #MeToo movement, as well as deeply disturbing revelations about John F. Kennedy’s own extramarital behavior. At the same time, there have been dedicated efforts to wipe away the whitewashing of the most inexcusable episodes in American history, such as removing Confederate monuments across the South.

With American society revisiting the sins of the past, led by an energized left, and Democrats savaging officials who violate norms and standards of decency, it’s time that Kennedy, too, was seen for who he really was. Liberals in particular need to look themselves in the mirror for the pass they gave the heir to the Kennedy political dynasty, and the behavior they let him get away with.

If we are serious about holding the powerful to account and subordinating political interests to ethical ones, there is no better place to start than with a reassessment of Kennedy’s actions and his legacy.

I don’t know who David Mark is (he’s identified as an author and lecturer in Washington), and I can’t find a comment thread for this item, which may not be an accident, what with another entitled Kennedy thinking of pushing Ed Markey aside to reclaim the family’s birthright Senate seat in Massachusetts.

JOHN adds: “If we are serious about holding the powerful to account and subordinating political interests to ethical ones”? No wonder we have never heard of this guy, he obviously is not a prominent Democrat.

PAUL adds: I don’t put too much stock in the Monmouth poll that shows Biden tied (in effect) with Warren and Sanders. The next four most recent polls all show Biden in the lead, and three of them have him ahead by double digits.

Moreover, Monmouth polled fewer than 300 registered voters. Thus, its survey has a margin of error of almost 6 points.

I agree that Biden is fading some, and I think he’s in trouble in Iowa — a “flavor of the month” state (when it comes to caucusing) that lacks black voters. However, I believe Biden still is the first choice of appreciably more Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents than any of his rivals.


Tom Cotton: We should buy Greenland

Posted: 26 Aug 2019 09:55 AM PDT

(Paul Mirengoff)President Trump has come in for considerable ridicule for saying that the U.S. should purchase Greenland from Denmark. But Sen. Tom Cotton, writing in the New York Times, makes a strong case for buying Greenland. He reasons:

The acquisition of Greenland would secure vital strategic interests for the United States, economically benefit both us and Greenlanders, and would be in keeping with American — and Danish — diplomatic traditions.

Tom notes that President Truman tried to buy Greenland after World War, in recognition of its strategic importance in the Cold War with the Soviet Union. The Cold War is over, but China, our main strategic adversary these days, has its eye on Greenland:

Intent on securing a foothold in the Arctic and North America, China attempted in 2016 to purchase an old American naval base in Greenland, a move the Danish government prevented. Two years later, China was back at it, attempting to build three airports on the island, which failed only after intense lobbying of the Danes by the Trump administration.

Beijing understands not only Greenland’s geographic importance but also its economic potential. Greenland is rich in a wide array of mineral deposits, including rare-earth minerals — resources critical to our high-tech and defense industries. China currently dominates the market in these minerals and has threatened to withhold them from us to gain leverage in trade negotiations. Greenland also possesses untold reserves of oil and natural gas.

Purchasing Greenland would also benefit Greenlanders. According to Tom, the island’s economy is held back by a lack of infrastructure and financing. As the world’s largest economy, the U.S. would be better able than Denmark to remedy this situation.

The Danish government was dismissive of Trump’s idea to purchase Greenland. It’s not clear how much of this had to do with merits and how much had to do with its distaste for President Trump.

In any event, as Tom observes, Denmark currently transfers $670 million per year in subsidies to support Greenland. The transfer of Greenland’s sovereignty would alleviate a significant financial burden on the Danish people while expanding opportunities for Greenlanders. Other than antipathy for Trump, it’s not clear why Denmark would reject out of hand a deal with a fair purchase price.

Tom reminds us that when the U.S. bought Alaska from Russia, the purchase was dubbed “Seward’s Folly.” It turned out to be a fantastic deal. Purchasing Greenland might look similarly shrewd down the road.

There’s no question in my mind that if President Obama had talked of buying Greenland, the “smart set” would have treated the idea as a serious proposal with considerable potential benefits. As Sen. Cotton shows, that’s how it deserves to be treated.


Kushner boasts that felons are joining the GOP

Posted: 26 Aug 2019 09:12 AM PDT

(Paul Mirengoff)According to Axios, Jared Kushner told Republican donors that felons are coming out of jail and registering as Republicans. “I guess climate change is not their No. 1 issue,” Kushner joked at a donor retreat in Wyoming.

Right, avoiding punishment for criminal conduct is the No. 1 issue for many felons, which is one reason why they shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

Kushner cited recent statistics he said he’d seen that show felons registering as Republicans in Florida. As a political matter, though, the question isn’t whether some felons are registering as Republicans. The question is whether more are registering as Republicans or as Democrats. The Axios report doesn’t indicate whether Kushner cited statistics that answer this question.

A more important question is the impact on public safety of releasing felons from prison. We know the answer to that one. Statistics demonstrate that a large percentage of criminals will be arrested within three years of their release and that more than half will be arrested within one year. We also know that most of the crimes they commit won’t result in an arrest.

A final question is what the GOP will have to do going forward if it wants to capture and retain the felon vote. There are many more favors politicians can do for felons — e.g., even shorter sentences and large-scale decriminalization — and Democrats are eager to do them. Republicans will have to match them accommodation for accommodation to have any chance of holding their own with this group.

Jared Kushner seems fine with that, but anyone with a decent regard for public safety shouldn’t share his enthusiasm.


Fire in the Minds of (Climate) Men

Posted: 26 Aug 2019 08:19 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)“Fire in the minds of men” is a phrase from Dostoyevsky’s great novel about revolutionary madness, The Possessed, and certainly it appears the climatistas are possessed by a panic that proceeds from their monomania. Once again last night I saw a segment on one of the network news broadcasts about how the Amazon “rain forest”—the “lungs of the earth,” don’t you know!—are burning up! With a record area on fire! There are pictures! And satellite photos. Surely this is proof that carbon dioxide will cause catastrophic warming 80 years from now.

There’s just one problem with this story: many of the main claims aren’t true or are grossly distorted. (I know what you’re thinking: Gee, this never happens.)

Consider this assessment:

Natural fires in the Amazon are rare, and the majority of these fires were set by farmers preparing Amazon-adjacent farmland for next year’s crops and pasture. Much of the land that is burning was not old-growth rain forest, but land that had already been cleared of trees and set for agricultural use.

What climate denier said this monstrous thing? Oh, right, it was the New York Times last Friday.

Then there’s this headline:

Stop Sharing Those Viral Photos of the Amazon Burning

[T]here’s a big problem with this viral campaign: Most of the photos claiming to show the fires are fakes. . . many of the viral images that purportedly show the blazes are actually from different fires. . .

[One] depicts a forest fire in California and was uploaded to the US Department of Agriculture’s Flickr account in 2013. The second does depict a fire in the Amazon, but dates back to 1989, according to the Guardian.

And which “climate denier” points this out: Mother Jones. Freaking Mother Jones, people!

There’s also this update from the Mother Jones story:

Update, 1:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23: Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, included one of the misleading viral photos in a tweet Thursday. It has been retweeted more than 40,000 times and was embedded in a New York Times article about the fire.We learned since originally publishing that the photo was taken by Loren McIntyre, who died in 2003.

It would be fabulous if Trump used this as an example of “fake news” to Macron in the G7 summit currently underway.

As usual, it is good to check in with Reason‘s Ron Bailey for a reasonable analysis of the matter:

Interestingly, when NASA released the satellite image [of the Amazon] on August 21, it noted that “it is not unusual to see fires in Brazil at this time of year due to high temperatures and low humidity. Time will tell if this year is a record breaking or just within normal limits.” . . .

It is routine for farmers and ranchers in tropical areas burn their fields to control pests and weeds and to encourage new growth in pastures.

What about deforestation trends?  Since the right-wing nationalist

While problematic deforestation is still taking place in the Amazon region, a 2018 study in Nature reported that the global tree canopy cover had increased by 865,000 square miles from 1982 to 2016. As Brazilians become wealthier, the deforestation trend in the Amazon will likely turn around toward afforestation, as it already has done many other countries.

Do read the whole thing if you have a moment. (See also Michael Shellenberger’s great column on the issue, too.”

But you get the point: Nothing can extinguish the fire in the minds of the climatistas, who will rush to distortion and alarmism about nearly everything.


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