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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New York Times does their condescending ethnic drive-by "gotcha' thing in Crist-Rubio FL Senate race

re 3/30 NYT's Caucus blog: Crist Backer Uses Ethnic Terms About Rubio

New York State is the home of the most ethnically-divisive
politics in
the country.
Candidates with not much to offer are continually
elected principally
because there are large number
of voters there whose first qualification
for someone
being elected to office is often that they are Black
or
Hispanic or Jewish or Italian or Puerto Rican.
That's their choice.
Period.

And we didn't sleepwalk thru the '80 and '90's like
certain of the Times
reporters seem to have,
who seem to forget that Jews in the United States

were killed because they were Jews, in the wrong
place at the wrong time,
not in Florida, Idaho,
Alabama or Arkansas, but in New York.

Multiple times.

I lived in the Chicago area in the mid-80's, when
Harold Washington was the first Black mayor
of Chicago, thanks in part to people I knew.

It was far-and-away the single-most racially-polarized
city in the United
States, and the Chicago-area
news media, especially the TV Network O&O's,
were
constantly looking for examples of New York
not quite being
God's Little Acre, as if that,
somehow, would make what was happening in
Chicago less worse.


But in their online blogs
New York Times reporters
are always conveniently forgetting this well-known
fact about
New York, and are always looking to
play "gotcha" somewhere else with
some remark
uttered by someone in a campaign that 99.99%
of the
population have never heard of.

Again, as if that somehow would make what was
happening in New York
less worse.

Sorry, but walking-up to uninformed voters and
saying, in essence, 'X just said this
about your
candidate. What do you think?
,' is
NOT reporting.

But it is why why when
Rush Limbaugh uses the
term drive-by media
as a pejorative, he's 100% right
so often.


Worse, the
New York Times writing this will now
give the reporters and columnists at
the Miami Herald
and other Florida newspapers the excuse they need

to once again write about this rather than issues
-
as if the majority of them really wanted to write
about issues instead of personalities, polls and
pithy anecdotes
.


Actually, I was being sarcastic in that last sentence.

The vast majority of reporters anywhere have
never needed an excuse
not to write about what
most citizens want to hear, as opposed to the

horse race aspect of a campaign they enjoy,

In case you forgot the facts, though,
here's a helpful reminder:


Number of Hispanic and Black governors and
U.S. Senators elected by
voters where the
New York Times has their HQ: zero.
Dozens of states had elected a female U.S.
Senator before New York elected their first,
Hillary Clinton in 2000

Number of Women elected governor by voters
where the
New York Times has their HQ: zero
Alabama had a female governor in the '60's,
Kentucky in the '80's.


Number of women elected mayor of New York
City by voters where the
New York Times
has
their HQ:
zero.

Dear New York Times reporters: You might
want to work on that troubling
ethnic and female
candidate aversion situation closer to home, dudes,

and while you're at it, your state legislature is
STILL THE most corrupt in the nation.

Why does
The New York Times continue to have
so little practical effect
on the state legislature
located closest to them?

Now THAT sounds like a story worth exploring.
Albany almost makes Tallahassee look clean.


Dear New York Times, you're welcome.
No charge for the consult.


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New York Times The Caucus
The Politics and Government Blog of The Times
Crist Backer Uses Ethnic Terms About Rubio
By Damien Cave

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/crist-backer-uses-ethnic-terms-about-rubio/


See also:
http://www.observer.com/politics

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