I’ll be darned if we ever bail out the old media. Uh uh. Nope. No way in Hades. #NoMediaBailout.
The “good ole’ days” at the Gray Lady.
Consider that the The New York Times ran this in 2013. Just one example.
This isn’t exactly surprising. The Times continues to lose market share to sites like Breitbart. It’d love a boycott of its competition. (What was it NYT? Profits were down what? 95% last quarter?) The New York Times has also colluded with the Democrats in the (recent) past as we’ve reported in this space.
The crony media establishment just got hammered. All the insider dealing. The questions leaked to Clinton. The railing against actual reporting by Wikileaks. The fawning. The reverence. All of it failed. And The New York Times, arguably, led the way. (Though other large media outlets were worse.)
Boy, what a shame that the paper is hemorrhaging money. (And that was before the media smackdown.)
Mr. Books has a cocktail party circuit to maintain. He must remain welcome in polite company.
As we say regularly at Against Crony Capitalism, we do not endorse any political candidates for any office in any race ever.
One area of particular interest for us in the current presidential race is the arrogance and dismissal of so many fortunate people (particularly in the media) of people who have not seen particularly good fortune since the the 2008 Crash and before.
A very good article written by a journalist with a leftward political list. (Which he admits from the outset.) He’s tough on Hillary and he is pretty tough on Trump. But he is hardest on the Washington/New York cabal of “journalists” that has been exposed as little more than a den of propagandists in this election. Of course we’ve long talked about the #cronymedia and the #oldmedia but it’s good to see other folks, journalists, speaking out now.
The New York Times is about as “liberal” as one can get this side of The Village Voice. An important story at an important time.
The thing is we have too many laws in this country. We have codes written on top of codes and there are serious incentives in our system for police centered revenue generation. Cops make money, often, for municipalities. This is not a good incentive structure for justice.
It is not the role of the media to “stop” anyone from running for or winning the American presidency. That some would argue that it is should worry Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike. The media is to report, sometimes to opine, but certainly not derail (even if it could) a candidacy just because a certain group of people finds a particular candidate distasteful.
That there are those in the media seriously making the case that the media needs to “stop”
The best thing to come out of New York.
I like New York. Half of my family is from Manhattan (“Dry dock Country” as they say). I’ve been backstage at Carnegie Hall. I’ve run around Central Park plenty of times. I’ve wandered the canyons of Downtown and been in the kind of clubs many folks think died in 1981. I’ve spoken on the stage of the Cipriani and in the shadow of the new World Trade Center. I had too many beers in the straight bar (and former Kerouac hangout) right next to the Stonewall.
We write often of the #cronymedia the #oldmedia, as tools by which certain powers that be disseminate an “official” narrative. This seems likely the case with the New York Times’s front page editorial calling for gun confiscation. We know that The New York Times has a long history of working closely with the current administration. (Not that this is necessarily the case this time.) Call it a public talking points memo. The concern is not with terrorism but with guns and gun owners.
You know things are getting a bit weird when “progressives” (well one very odd progressive) start accusing the New York Times, The Times, you know, The New York Times of being a conservative mouthpiece. That’s like saying Fox is pulling out the stops for Bernie Sanders. It is ludicrous. But hey, that’s David Brock.
One commentor on the attached article said it best;
“I thought every writer at the NYT was an opinion writer.”
That’s a fair statement.
And even though there is a former Bush speech writer, a clerk for Justice Roberts, and a few apolitical types (they look apolitical anyway) on the list, every one of the new opinion writers for The Times appear to be pretty safe choices. There isn’t one –
She didn’t even HAVE an official government email. She did everything through her own private email as Secretary of State. Think about that.