The shame and hypocrisy of the New York Times

posted at 10:12 am on January 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

We noted yesterday the fingerwagging at CNN over the Fort Hood shootings and the urge to link it to radical Islam, and the rush at the network to blame another mass murder on Republicans like Sarah Palin and Tea Party activists, even though the shooter had no known link to either.  Many of our commenters rightly stated that CNN was hardly alone in this utter hypocrisy, and Philip Klein at the American Spectator provides another air-tight case.  He compares editorials from the New York Times then and now to expose the Gray Lady as a shrieking hysteric and a sickening example of media sources that act more like attack dogs than journalists:

November 8, 2009:

In the aftermath of this unforgivable attack, it will be important to avoid drawing prejudicial conclusions from the fact that Major Hasan is an American Muslim whose parents came from the Middle East.

President Obama was right when he told Americans, “we don’t know all the answers yet” and cautioned everyone against “jumping to conclusions.”

Unverified reports, some from his family members, suggest that Major Hasan complained of harassment by fellow soldiers for being a Muslim, that he hoped to get out of a deployment to Afghanistan, that he sought a discharge from the Army and that he opposed the American military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. There were reports that some soldiers said they had heard him shout “God is Great” in Arabic before he started firing. But until investigations are complete, no one can begin to imagine what could possibly have motivated this latest appalling rampage.

There may never be an explanation. And, certainly, there can never be a justification.

January 10, 2011:

It is facile and mistaken to attribute this particular madman’s act directly to Republicans or Tea Party members. But it is legitimate to hold Republicans and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible for the gale of anger that has produced the vast majority of these threats, setting the nation on edge. Many on the right have exploited the arguments of division, reaping political power by demonizing immigrants, or welfare recipients, or bureaucrats. They seem to have persuaded many Americans that the government is not just misguided, but the enemy of the people.

That whirlwind has touched down most forcefully in Arizona, which Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik described after the shooting as the capital of “the anger, the hatred and the bigotry that goes on in this country.” Anti-immigrant sentiment in the state, firmly opposed by Ms. Giffords, has reached the point where Latino studies programs that advocate ethnic solidarity have actually been made illegal.

Its gun laws are among the most lenient, allowing even a disturbed man like Mr. Loughner to buy a pistol and carry it concealed without a special permit. That was before the Tucson rampage. Now, having seen first hand the horror of political violence, Arizona should lead the nation in quieting the voices of intolerance, demanding an end to the temptations of bloodshed, and imposing sensible controls on its instruments.

The difference between the two shootings was that subsequent evidence showed that Nidal Hasan communicated with a known al-Qaeda leader, Anwar al-Awlaki, and shouted “Allah akbar!” during his murder spree.  His radicalization had become known to his chain of command, which worried about overreacting rather than addressing the threat.  Everyone bent over backwards to avoid dealing with Hasan, including those who knew of his secret communications with Awlaki.

In contrast, no one has posited even a remote connection between Loughner and the GOP or the Tea Party.  The Times also conveniently ignores the fact that both sides use the same imagery and indulge in the same demonization, including the Times itself in this editorial by imputing blame for a mass murder on people with legitimate political grievances who address them within the political system.  That’s not just hypocritical, it’s exceptionally despicable.

Advising people not to jump to conclusions in the immediate aftermath of the Fort Hood shootings was good advice.  Too bad the New York Times wanted to smear its political opponents so badly with this shooting in Arizona that they couldn’t accept their own counsel.  Like CNN, the Times holds itself out as a supposedly non-partisan source of news and information, and like CNN, their hypocrisy reveals the truth now in a particularly ugly manner.


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Wolftech on January 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

That was directed at Apacalyps, btw.

Wolftech on January 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Of coruse I wasn’t directing the snark to you.

Badger40 on January 10, 2011 at 3:31 PM

No worries! :)

And I’m with you. I too find that Christians, while espousing Christianity, can be some of the most judgemental people.

capejasmine on January 10, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Since I could give a rat’s butt about anything concerning Huckabee, whatever Ed has said about him I could mare less. But the case has already intelligently been made on this ‘hit piece’ that has been referred to.
I find the logical argument convincing & I also do not read Ed’s ‘hit piece’ as a hit piece.
No one effing cares.
Give it a rest. Go pollute some threads on DailyKos or HuffPo or something.
Sheez.

Badger40 on January 10, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Yuck my typing’s horrible today.
Oh well. New semester coming up.
I feel reckless!

Badger40 on January 10, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Declaring war on Hot Air Zombies — those who blindly follow the RINO’s version of the Republican Party.

apacalyps on January 10, 2011 at 4:47 PM

What’s up RINO’s? Apacalyps, aka, slap your favorite Hot Air Zombie is here!

apacalyps on January 10, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Oh really… Maybe you need to re-read a bit…

Midas on January 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Take your own advice. Do you have a Bible at home? When did you last read it? Well, dig it out, dust it down. The evolution theory is in complete contradiction to what the Bible teaches. The Bible says that “by man came death” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22) and “by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin” (Romans 5:12). That is, that death and sin cannot come before Adam. To say otherwise is a direct contradiction to Scripture and clear heresy.

apacalyps on January 10, 2011 at 5:04 PM

One last post and I’m gone.

And as I said before, thanks to the Seattle Weekly we have the truth about what led up to the shootings and Mike Huckabee does not deserve blame for the Clemmons massacre. Here’s another factual story. All he did was reduce a 16 year old Clemmons sentence from 108 years to 47 years because the original sentence (for burglary and robbery) was so dramatically outside the norm for sentencing (and he did that based on the recommendation of the Arkansas Parole Board and the trial judge). That’s it. End of story. End. Of. Story.

Now, re-read Morrissey’s smear on Huckabee and tell me if you see anything about the logic in sentencing a 16 year old child to a 108 year prison term for non-violent crimes? Or tell me if you see how Huckabee didn’t commute his sentence he just lowered it. From 108 years to 47 years. Did Ed tell you that? I’ll save you time. The answer is, NO. Anyways, it was a hit-piece. Own it you cowards.

apacalyps on January 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Here is some hypocrisy for ya

Chris Matthews OWNS Chris Matthews On Obama’s Birth Certificate

Nearly Nobody on January 10, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Don’t worry, if the left leaning Democrat Party, Obama propadana media want to demonize, smear, and marginalize anyone, and if they want to fabricate the entire thing, which they do quite often, then they will do so, without scrupples, without morals, and with the utmost dishonesty, bigotry, prejudice, hatred, vulgarity, misogyny (where it applies, as with Conservative women, Christian women, pro-life women, etc. – Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, et al), they will do so, and they will feel good about it, and nothing will happen to them, regardless of their dishonesty, and malicious intent.

You know they are promoting hatred and drumming up the ignorant, uneducated, self absorbed leftist masses to spew hatred, to target those who they hate and who they disagree with, and that they will get their brain numbed followers to commit acts of violence, censorship of free speech, vandalism, and acts of terrorism.

You can count on it.

The difference between Conservatives and Leftists is conservatives are accused of bad things they don’t do, and the media pushes it as true, even when it clearly isn’t true, but the media will parrot the leftists false accusations, and hate, and fabrications as of true. Then the same media will ignore the REAL violence and hatred and terrorism of the left, and falsely paint them as caring, peace loving, Kum Bai Ya, sweet, loving saints.

William2006 on January 10, 2011 at 5:45 PM

One last post and I’m gone.

apacalyps on January 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM

If that is true then I guess there is a god…

Wolftech on January 10, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Why no ban hammer?

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Why no ban hammer?

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Ed and AP are patient. You should be too.

Just wait a while, this latest doofus will lose it and self-immolate in spectacular fashion, just like all of the other HA trolls who’ve been vanquished over the past couple of years.

Del Dolemonte on January 10, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Why no ban hammer?

alwaysfiredup on January 10, 2011 at 6:12 PM

This. He can’t even troll on topic.

TexasDan on January 10, 2011 at 7:00 PM

First of all you bozo’s – before anything else; this is temporary, OK. I’m only back for this thread and Ed’s other joke of a thread, “The shame — and hypocrisy — of CNN.”

Oh, good! So if I ignore you for a day or two, you’ll go away!

tom on January 10, 2011 at 7:19 PM

I don’t have to “be persuaded.” It’s totally obvious to me when the government acts as the enemy to the people.

Pretty obvious to others, too, when there’s something the people clearly don’t want and the government does it anyway (and there is no Constitutional basis for doing so).

The NYT betrays its bias that Americans cannot think for themselves, can’t observe, and can’t reason or come to conclusions, even after decades of living in the country.

There always has to be someone telling them what to think.

It’s inconceivable to the NYT that people who think alike about things just naturally flock together, and that we will like those who echo what we think.

They believe we are all sitting around waiting to be told what to think, and the most exciting or persuasive storyteller (taken from their own elite ranks, of course) wins.

Alana on January 10, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Perhaps given the fact that the long-term emnity of this absolute nutcase to this Congresswoman has been credibly traced backed to at least 2007, based on interviews with acquaintences in Arizona, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has now suddenly switched his targets, and is now blaming Rush Limbaugh . . . again without one single shred of evidence of any connection to Limbaugh whatsoever!

Of course, there was also the takedown of the Sheriff by Megyn Kelly of Fox News, who interviewed the man yeaterday and by dint of her persistence, got him to concede that there was no connection between this guy and Sarah Palin.

But absolutely undeterred, Diane Sawyer and ABC News are now playing the story as one in which Rush Limnbaugh . . . not Sarah Palin . . . is suddenly to blame as a result of his political rhetoric.

And they do it with straight faces! Incredibly, they also support their “theory” by taking quotes from none other than Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC) about the “virtiol” in our speech!

Of course, everyone recalls that he was the Congressman who claimed that those in Congress supporting the Tea Party protesters were “aiding and abeting this kind of terrorism, really.”

And, he also falsely claimed with others back at the apogee of the healthcare debate that Tea Party protesters were shouting the “n” word at members of the CBC who were entering the Halls of Congress at the apogee of the debate.

Certainly that should qualify as utterly despicable and ugly vitriol on his part, at least in any reasonable person’s mind. But for ABC News, he’s apparently now the “go to” guy for castigating others for their ugly political rhetoric!

Unbelievable!

Trochilus on January 10, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals.

Albert Schweitzer

old war horse on January 10, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Personal Responsibility is what the Liberals do not believe in, each person decides what to do and when, good choice, bad choice it is his/her, not any outside influence to blame or credit. Albert Schweitzer said:

Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals.

old war horse on January 10, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Boycott NYT advertisers. They are no friend to conservatism.

huckleberryfriend on January 10, 2011 at 9:58 PM

including the Times itself in this editorial by imputing blame for a mass murder on people with legitimate political grievances who address them within the political system. That’s not just hypocritical, it’s exceptionally despicable.

Very well said!

TN Mom on January 11, 2011 at 12:39 AM

Isn’t George Soros’s sons running the place at MSNBC and at NyTimes? Not only at they left this is the far left and progressives.

cw on January 11, 2011 at 1:15 AM

Since the leftist MSM hangs out with those that write articles for, and comment to, HuffPo, DailyKooks, DU, etc. they should remember reading the hate filled articles and comments that were directed at Congresswoman Giffords and the rest of the Blue Dogs over their various votes. Not to mention the DailyKooks map of bullseyes…

Selective memory, selective reporting…

Gohawgs on January 11, 2011 at 2:06 AM

apacalyps on January 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Try consulting a dictionary. (The bottom entry)

com·mute (k-myt)
v. com·mut·ed, com·mut·ing, com·mutes
v.intr.
1. To travel as a commuter.
2.
a. To make substitution or exchange.
b. To serve as a substitute.
3. To pay in gross, usually at a reduced rate, rather than in individual payments.
4. Mathematics & Logic To satisfy or engage in a commutative operation.
v.tr.
1. To substitute (one thing for another); exchange.
2. To change (a penalty, debt, or payment) to a less severe one.

Slowburn on January 11, 2011 at 2:23 AM

Apacalyps, aka, if you endorsed Mitt “I’m not trying to return to Reagan” Romney, dont talk to me

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 11:08 AM

com·mute (k-myt)

2. To change (a penalty, debt, or payment) to a less severe one.

Slowburn on January 11, 2011 at 2:23 AM

Like the good Hot Air Zombie you are you will spend much time and effort scrutinizing a subject like my choice of words instead of scrutinizing the hypocrisy of Ed Morrisey’s post.

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Are all Huckabee supporters that stupid?

Adjoran on January 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Are all Huckabee supporters that stupid?

Adjoran on January 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Exhibit A: This is what I mean when I call these sick despicable people Republican Zombies. They’re absolute idiots.

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

apacalyps on January 11, 2011 at 11:18 AM

When your word choice demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of your subject, you should expect flack.

Besides, the argument that Huckabee is not responsible for the results of his actions, because they were based on the advice of others is flat out wrong.

Slowburn on January 11, 2011 at 11:49 PM

When your word choice demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of your subject, you should expect flack.

Slowburn on January 11, 2011 at 11:49 PM

“Huckabee didn’t commute pardon his sentence he just lowered it.”

You feel better now? They truly strain at a gnat and swallow a camel, folks. See Matthew 23:24.

Besides, the argument that Huckabee is not responsible for the results of his actions, because they were based on the advice of others is flat out wrong.

I never said that Huckabee was not responsible his actions. You miss the point entirely, gnat-strainer.

apacalyps on January 12, 2011 at 12:57 AM

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