Reading America’s very own Pravda

Kremlinologists used to carefully look at who was in what position in the stands reviewing the annual May Day parade to understand behind the scenes power struggles and who was currently on top. Here in the States, we are more fortunate. All we need to do is read the letters to the editor on the editorial page of the New York Times. 

The letters Sunday 15 November tell it all. Usually it’s a collection of heartfelt Amens to the editorials. Just like “Home on the Range”, never is heard a discouraging word (or a letter which disagrees with the editorial stances of the Times).

Until Now.

The Times permitted several letters warning the faithful that the Times embrace of the the squad and the more extreme left hadn’t sold. Here are 3 direct quotes.

“When the masses hear “Defund the Police”,” Occupy Wall Street”, “Medicare for All” they recoil.” When was the last time you heard anyone use ‘the masses’ ?

“President Trump gave voice to voters who previously felt hopeless.”‘

“it remains obvious to this New York Times reader that your journalists and many of your readers still don’t understand President Trump’s supporters. I accept that and expect that this mistaken and condescending view (we are all “deplorables’ ) will yield gains for the GOP in 2022 and 2024.”

Just go back two weeks ago to the same section “Sunday Review” — All 15 opinion columnists in lockstep telling you not to vote for Trump. Where is that diversity of opinion we’re supposed to honor and defend?

So I think you are less likely to hear about systemic racism, the squad, reparations, global warming in the future. The Democrats may have beaten Trump, but they lost everywhere else and badly.

Here are a few of the new Republican congresswomen who took Democratic seats — Nicole Malliotakis, the daughter of a Cuban refugee. Young Kim and Michelle Park Steel, Christian Korean immigrants from California; Maria Salazar, the daughter of a Cuban refugee from Florida.

The Times is many things, but dumb is not one of them. Hence the letters.

Here’s how the Times squashed Hillary’s attempt at a comeback in May of 2017

The powers that be at the New York Times have decided that Hillary is toast

Kremlinologists used to carefully look at who was in what position in the stands reviewing the annual May Day parade to understand behind the scenes power struggles and who was currently on top. Here in the States, we are more fortunate. All we need to do is read the letters to the editor on the editorial page of the New York Times. 

Just like “Home on the Range”, never is heard a discouraging word (or a letter which disagrees with the editorial stances of the Times). 

So today (15 May 2017) 4 letters appeared concerning a column written 7 May by Frank Bruni titled “Hillary Clinton’s Absolution” — all highly critical of Hillary and Bill.

A few quotes: 

“The Clintons have been running the Democratic party like a personal fief for 25 years”. 

“But to ruminate about how Hillary would have won if only the Russians, WikiLeaks and James Comey didnot do her in — well, I have had enough of this.” 

“Frank Bruni” seems obsessed enough about Hillary Clinton’s feelings to write an opera.” 

“But it’s also her (Hillary’s) supporters in the DemocraticParty leadership who need to seek redemption for abandoning the working class voters who once formed the core constituency of their party.”

Do you think the publication of these 4 letters was unintentional?  By the purest of coincidences publication occurred the very day Hillary announced the formation of a new PAC to oppose Trump — http://fortune.com/2017/05/15/hillary-clinton-launches-political-action-committee-dedicated-to-liberal-causes/

The same day a full page article title “How Democracy Collapsed” concerning Venezuela. The word elites appears 3 times, the word socialism not at all. 

On a lighter note, the Sunday front page had an article titled “Many on the Right reject the Call for Healing” Way back at the end of the article, it was noted that thousands of Volvos and Prius’s all over the country have been vandalized for their “Resist” stickers of 4 years ago. They’re now to be found up on pickup trucks in the boonies.

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Comments

  • John Wayne  On November 18, 2020 at 11:27 am

    It turns out that offshoring the parts of the economy that helped create and sustain the middle class annoyed the middle class. Since neither dominant political party in the US was addressing this issue in 2016, people gravitated to somebody who did.

    Trump did do a few things to bring those jobs back, but it wasn’t very successful. Sadly, he did more than either dominant political party would have in his shoes. Now Trump’s constant amateurism has lost him the election. I’m not optimistic that the new administration is going to focus on creating and maintaining the jobs we need here to support a robust and secure society (but I hope I’m wrong.)

  • luysii  On November 18, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    I find it remarkable that 4 commentators across the political spectrum — Tucker Carlson to Thomas Frank are essentially saying what you are — https://luysii.wordpress.com/2020/02/12/4-quotes-saying-the-same-thing-who-wrote-them/

  • John Wayne  On November 18, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Dan Carlin has a great podcast called ‘Common Sense’ that is fantastic, and I strongly recommend it if you haven’t heard it. He talks a lot about what may need to be adjusted in our government. His history podcasts are also amazing.

    Dave Chapelle had a great segment on Saturday Night Live last week (after the election results were pretty much known.) He reminded us that 70 million of our fellow American’s felt like nobody was listening to them. This isn’t a time to declare victory. This is a time to start the real work of getting back together as a society, and we can start by not hating each other.

    Joe Rogan had a great segment in his special Strange Times. He suggested that being the president is such an impossible task the American population pivots from one extreme of personality to the opposite desperately trying to find somebody who can pull this off. I haven’t seen anything that disproves his theory.

    I don’t know what the right answer is. Isn’t it interesting that comedians seem to bring a lot of these key issues into the light? They may be the philosophers of our day.

  • Anon  On November 22, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Only an American would compare NYT to Pravda. This is why nobody is taking them seriously in the world.. too much TV, Rambo and Rocky movies lol

    • luysii  On November 22, 2020 at 9:32 pm

      Quite so. But today’s New York Times Magazine has the lead “Donald Trump’s potential criminal liability is the key to understanding his presidency” Lenin and Stalin would have loved it.

      • Anon  On November 22, 2020 at 9:48 pm

        Sure but there’s no fair, equal or honest reporting anymore. I don’t think there ever was but I don’t think it was as bad as it is right now. If there’s any fraction to blame, it’s the right though. It won’t get any better too.

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