Spot the problems with these headlines: NYT edition

posted at 9:21 pm on August 19, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

First, from Israel:

ceasefire

Nope. Once a rocket is fired from Gaza, the cease-fire no longer exists and can therefore not be broken by the Israeli response to said rockets. Pity the poor headline writers at the New York Times who know not the definition of cease-fire. Although, I’m gonna guess if Israelis had actually broken a cease-fire, they’d find their dictionaries real quick.

And, in Ferguson:

ferguson  power

Now, looking at the headline, you might reasonably think that this piece is about some dangerous strain of, well, a white power movement in the center of the cauldron of racial unrest that is Ferguson, Missouri right now. Only, it’s not about that at all. It’s a relatively dry political socio-economic history of St. Louis and its suburbs that describes how the suburban political power structures have not been penetrated by relatively new black populations, and are populated by white politicians. The piece certainly has a viewpoint, arguing for consolidation of such small towns to give black communities bigger talent pools for politicians, and therefore more political power. (I’m not convinced that such proportionate representation in a city’s power structure necessarily means better things for the black community, especially since one of the examples of such consolidation of power is Detroit, but I digress.) Here’s the thesis (emphasis mine):

By contrast, consider the city: After decades of methodically building political power, blacks in St. Louis City elected a black mayor in 1993 and black aldermen or alderwomen in nearly half the city’s wards, and hold two of three seats on the powerful Board of Estimate and Apportionment, which must approve all city contracts. Well-established churches, Democratic ward organizations and other civic institutions mobilize voters in black wards. But because blacks have reached the suburbs in significant numbers only over the past 15 years or so, fewer suburban black communities have deeply ingrained civic organizations.

That helps explain why majority-black Ferguson has a virtually all-white power structure: a white mayor; a school board with six white members and one Hispanic, which recently suspended a highly regarded young black superintendent who then resigned; a City Council with just one black member; and a 6 percent black police force.

Many North County towns — and inner-ring suburbs nationally — resemble Ferguson. Longtime white residents have consolidated power, continuing to dominate the City Councils and school boards despite sweeping demographic change. They have retained control of patronage jobs and municipal contracts awarded to allies.

The North County Labor Club, whose overwhelmingly white constituent unions (plumbers, pipe fitters, electrical workers, sprinkler fitters) have benefited from these arrangements, operates a potent voter-turnout operation that backs white candidates over black upstarts. The more municipal contracts an organization receives, the more generously it can fund re-election campaigns. Construction, waste and other long-term contracts with private firms have traditionally excluded blacks from the ownership side and, usually, the work force as well.

The North County Labor Club, you say? Backing white candidates over black upstarts, you say? It’s almost as if the headline recklessly uses an irrelevant loaded term to give its readers a vision of one type of villain when the actual culprit, if there is one, is a fully functioning arm of the Democratic Party. But that can’t be.


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I can tell you what’s wrong with both of them. They aren’t lying in the bottom of bird cages.

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Nicely done, MK.

M240H on August 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Spot the problems with these headlines: NYT edition

The Problem starts with “The New York Slimes“…

oscarwilde on August 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Where’s the NYT headline on “Future Republican voters crossing the border as children?”

ShainS on August 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM

“All the news that’s printed to fit.”

myiq2xu on August 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

The North County Labor Club, you say?

So unions, the backbone of the Democratic Party, are RACIST?

Just what the locals need to do; turn Ferguson into another Dee-troit. Or Oakland. Or Compton.

GarandFan on August 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

How dare the Israelis respond?

How dare Wilson fire on a 300 lb. charging man?

Why can’t you just know your place?

John the Libertarian on August 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Dirty old rag, not even good to line cabinets with.

Aizen on August 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Just what the locals need to do; turn Ferguson into another Dee-troit. Or Oakland. Or Compton.

GarandFan on August 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Ferguson is turning into an example just as bad but far closer: East St. Louis.

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

I can tell you what’s wrong with both of them. They aren’t lying in the bottom of bird cages.

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Even my bird demands a higher standard…

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 19, 2014 at 9:42 PM

If the people living in Ferguson want a black police force that can only achieved by black people going through the police academy and enlisting on the force. Since the unemployment rate for blacks is at 50% or so we are told, why are there no recruits for the one place that is looking for black employees? You cannot just appoint people to be on the police force. If none are meeting the requirements and they are not trying to meet the requirements then it is not the fault of the police department.

evie1949 on August 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

There was another headline that read something like “Israeli response to rocket fire breaks cease fire.” Possibly on CNN?

talkingpoints on August 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Even my bird demands a higher standard…

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 19, 2014 at 9:42 PM

My cats probably would refuse to crap in a litter box that had that in it.

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Just take Israel you racists!!

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CW on August 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

There was another headline that read something like “Israeli response to rocket fire breaks cease fire.” Possibly on CNN?

talkingpoints on August 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

I saw that Headline too, can’t remember where though… I just shook my head in disbelief.

NiteOwl on August 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

That’s actually a pretty standard headline. Nearly all the MSM says that Israel breaks the cease fire by responding to Hamas rockets.

It’s The Narrative. Thou Shalt Not Go Against The Narrative.

I documented this for over a dozen years on my blog before I finally got tired of it. You can recycle my posts from 2002 and you would think they were written today.

Meryl Yourish on August 19, 2014 at 9:58 PM

About the Gaza headline, I always quote a friend of mine who says, “It all started when he hit me back.”

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on August 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM

In Democratville, no white males, white male power.

Buddahpundit on August 19, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Nicely done, MK.

M240H on August 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

+1

cthemfly on August 19, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Lies.

petunia on August 19, 2014 at 10:02 PM

There was another headline that read something like “Israeli response to rocket fire breaks cease fire.” Possibly on CNN?

talkingpoints on August 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

This was a serious round of ~50 rockets, their longer-range Fajr and M-75′s, with range enough to hit Tel Aviv.

slickwillie2001 on August 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

The Gray Lady has been lying her ass off at least since the days of Walter Duranty.

formwiz on August 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

OK, come with me on the Wayback machine, to the Clinton “law’n’order” moment when he bamboozled Congress to appropriate money to put 100,000 more police on the streets. Supposedly.

And now, there are no funds like that. And every city and town in the land is beset by rent-seeking activists pressuring them to hire more minority cops.

And imagine you’re a black cop with a few years under your belt in some small city. You have a family. You get recruited to a bigger jurisidiction with a bigger budget, maybe under a consent decree with the feds, and why not? More money, better prospects, more respect for you, plus better schools for your kids.

No wonder blacks cops are in small supply in Ferguson MO.

Just my 2 cents.

ugottabekiddingme on August 19, 2014 at 10:08 PM

The New York Times is still in business?

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 10:09 PM

You cannot just appoint people to be on the police force. If none are meeting the requirements and they are not trying to meet the requirements then it is not the fault of the police department.

evie1949 on August 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Obama could with his pen and a phone.

Mark Boabaca on August 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

US RESPONSE TO JAPANESE ATTACK INITIATES WORLD WAR II

POLICE OFFICER SMASHES INNOCENT BLACK STUDENT IN THE FIST WITH HIS EYE

This is the ‘NY Times’ we’re talking about. The paper, however, is tough and durable. It makes an excellent puppy scoop. Lay ‘NY Times’ on curb at 41st street and 1st ave and have puppy poop on it, Neatly fold paper and dispose.

MaiDee on August 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

The piece certainly has a viewpoint, arguing for consolidation of such small towns to give black communities bigger talent pools for politicians, and therefore more political power.

Not to mention the underlying assumption that blacks should and would elect blacks, largely because they are black.

But that’s okay because they are not whites electing whites. Apparently that is the only ‘racial’ voting pattern worthy of condemnation as driven by bigotry. Because no matter what, it’s the whites’ fault.

farsighted on August 19, 2014 at 10:14 PM

The North County Labor Club, whose overwhelmingly white constituent unions (plumbers, pipe fitters, electrical workers, sprinkler fitters) have benefited from these arrangements, operates a potent voter-turnout operation that backs white candidates over black upstarts.

o_O Someone should check his/her white Democrat priviledge…

The more municipal contracts an organization receives, the more generously it can fund re-election campaigns. Construction, waste and other long-term contracts with private firms have traditionally excluded blacks from the ownership side and, usually, the work force as well.

Unions excluding blacks…huh, imagine that… o_O

The North County Labor Club, you say? Backing white candidates over black upstarts, you say? It’s almost as if the headline recklessly uses an irrelevant loaded term to give its readers a vision of one type of villain when the actual culprit, if there is one, is a fully functioning arm of the Democratic Party. But that can’t be.

Nicely summated, MKH! Snarky final sentence a plus! ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 19, 2014 at 10:37 PM

“All the news that’s printed to fit.”

myiq2xu on August 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

“All the news that’s fit for sh*t”. Puppies, cats, birds – the whole lot of ‘em!

Shy Guy on August 20, 2014 at 12:16 AM

While your heart is in the right place, I choose to totally ignore the LSM and let them twist on the vine.

Suppose they gave a newspaper and nobody came?

Tard on August 20, 2014 at 12:37 AM

It’s sad, really.

The NYT has a long history of liberal editorial policy, but under Abe Rosenthal, while politics still played a role in placement, facts cited in news or opinion pieces were meticulously checked. But the owning Sulzberger-Ochs family decided to bring in their scion “Pinch,” who has destroyed the paper’s hard-won credibility in a few years – and it is only getting worse.

Adjoran on August 20, 2014 at 12:58 AM

You cannot just appoint people to be on the police force. If none are meeting the requirements and they are not trying to meet the requirements then it is not the fault of the police department.

evie1949 on August 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Wait until you see the plan to deal with the coming Doctor shortage.

bigGwillie on August 20, 2014 at 3:38 AM

So unions, the backbone of the Democratic Party, are RACIST?

GarandFan on August 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I know! Who’da thunk it?!?

evie1949 on August 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Exactly.

GWB on August 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

This article could (should) be a regular feature.

With every issue of the NYT there are at least a dozen dubious headlines. It’s their forte.

rpupton on August 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

The principal problem with those headlines is that the NYT doesn’t think there is a problem with those headlines.

wagnert in atlanta on August 20, 2014 at 12:39 PM

This article could (should) be a regular feature.

With every issue of the NYT there are at least a dozen dubious headlines. It’s their forte.

rpupton on August 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

This. Go get ‘em, MKH!

Who is John Galt on August 20, 2014 at 9:59 PM

So Ferguson is where one traditional Democrat constituency, white, ethnic, working class, union families, is fighting to retain power against another Dem constituency, poor and working class blacks. Take note.

Esaus Message on August 21, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Do white people in Ferguson have targets painted on their backs, put there by white (democrat) politicians and 70% black fellow residents? How could they possibly feel differently?

The true irony of their situation is this. If they decide that is the reality and flee Ferguson for a less racially charged location (of ANY demographic), they will be called racists for doing so. Even though it was racists (white and black) that drove them out in the first place.

Kind of like people who create jobs (the rich) being vilified for having more than someone else and being called greedy. Who can blame them for getting out of business to remove the target from their back?

And who suffers, in either situation? But they keep voting for racist democrats. Odd.

runawayyyy on August 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM

I can tell you what’s wrong with both of them. They aren’t lying in the bottom of bird cages.

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

This is because birds demand clean cages.

landlines on August 22, 2014 at 11:20 AM