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NYT Mag’s Latest Lefty Hero: April Ryan, Asking ‘Questions No One Else Will’ (for Good Reason)

<p>The back page of the<em> New York Times</em> magazine typically features a liberal journalist (often Audie Cornish of NPR) interviewing a liberal hero. This Sunday it was April Ryan, the Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks and analyst for CNN, notorious for her anti-Trump attacks in the White House press room, and her denial of certain realities, in “April Ryan Asks Political Questions No One Else Will.” No matter how ridiculous, ideologically charged, or conspiratorial they may be.</p>

NYT Hails Propaganda Princess for Tyrannical North Korean Regime, ‘Taking Pence’s Spotlight’

<p>The <em>New York Times</em> is using the Winter Olympics to hand North Korea’s gulag nation a public relations victory over Vice President Mike Pence, in the smiling form of the dictator’s influential sister: “Kim Jong-un’s Sister Turns on the Charm, Taking Pence’s Spotlight.” The reporters delighted in using Pence as a stooge stand-in for the loathed President Trump: "When the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, decided to send a large delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea this month, the world feared he might steal the show.<strong> </strong>If that was indeed his intention, he could not have chosen a better emissary than the one he sent: his only sister, Kim Yo-jong, whom news outlets in the South instantly dubbed “North Korea’s Ivanka,” likening her influence to that of Ivanka Trump on her father, President Trump."</p>

NYT’s Newest Sulzberger Publisher Hails Paper’s ‘Fairness and Accuracy,’ Denies Liberal Bias

<p>Meet the new boss...young new<em> New York Times</em> publisher A.G. Sulzberger (son of the embarrassingly liberal former publisher Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger) defended the NYT from charges of liberal bias in the Donald Trump era: "I think the huge growth we’ve had in readership all over the country is a sign that people want independent journalism that is obsessed with supposedly old-fashioned notions like fairness and accuracy."</p>

NYT Celebrates MSNBC’s Joy Reid, ‘Hero of the Resistance,’ Downplays Homophobic Posts

<p>The front of the <em>New York Times</em> Sunday Styles section features a profile of MSNBC host Joy Reid, “A Hero of the Resistance,”  by Laura Holson. The online headline’s subhead: “The daughter of immigrants, she spars fiercely with supporters of President Trump, both on the air and in the Twitter ether.” How original! It was quite the change from Holson's sinister treatment of a conservative female pundit, Dana Loesch, last month.</p>

Rutenberg Pens Essay on NYT’s Brave War on Trump; Mocks ‘Lies’ of Swift Boat Vets

<p><em>New York Times</em> media columnist Jim Rutenberg’s essay for <em>The Wilson Quarterly</em> was hailed as a “behind-the-scenes look” at the paper coming to journalistic life after being attacked by Trump: “How ‘Fake News’ Changed <em>The New York Times</em> – and Didn’t.” The first subhead of the <em>Wilson Quarterly</em> piece gave the game away: “Suddenly, Our Mission Got Really Clear” (Right when Trump became president!) Remember that it was Rutenberg who penned the notorious front-page jeremiad on August 8, 2016, "The Challenge Trump Poses to Objectivity." He asked, “If you're a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation's worst racist and nationalistic the heck are you supposed to cover him?"</p>

Ugh: NYT’s Liptak Gushes Over ‘Rock Star’ Justice Ginsburg, AKA ‘Notorious R.B.G.’

<p>Friday’s <em>New York Times</em> featured a “Sidebar” column by the paper’s left-leaning Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak celebrating Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “24 Years on the Bench, and Still Putting Them in the Seats.” The online headline gave her the nickname: “On Tour With Notorious R.B.G., Judicial Rock Star.” Liptak is a long-time fan of Ginsburg’s social-justice approach to interpreting the law, and the text box summed up the tone of his lead National section "news": "Boisterious applause for a genial justice in city after city." Before digging up Ginsburg’s silly nickname (a reference to the rapper Notorious BIG), Liptak compared her to a music superstar of another eraL Bob Dylan.</p>

NY Times’ Double Standard on Politician Talk: Nancy Pelosi Praised, Rand Paul Panned

<p>A tale of two speeches: On Thursday, the <em>New York Times</em> Sheryl Gay Stolberg celebrated House Minority Leader <em>Nancy Pelosi</em>’s marathon speech, “8 Hours, 7 Minutes and 1 Pelosi Soliloquy.” While not wholly laudatory, Stolberg fawned over Pelosi’s "heart-rending" defense of the so-called Dreamers. Sen. Rand Paul also delivered a delaying tactic of a speech, but Rand isn't nearly so highly regarded at the <em>Times</em>, accused of "bemoaning" and "sloganeering."</p>

Hypocritical New York Times Suddenly Laments Using Tragedy for Political Gain

<p><em>New York Times</em> immigration correspondent Vivian Yee responded defensively to Trump tweeting about the death of NFL player Edwin Jackson by an alleged drunk-driving illegal immigrant, in “Politics At Play In a Death On I-70.” The online headline to the Wednesday story: “How an N.F.L. Player’s Death Turned Into a Political Exhibit.” Of course, the <em>Times</em> regularly uses tragedy to push dubiously connected political issues, like “climate change” in the aftermath of a deadly hurricane.</p>

NY Times Cheers on ‘Energized Democrats’ in 2018 on Sunday Front Page; ‘Trump Is Toxic’

<p>The front page of Sunday’s <em>New York Times</em> provided yet another entry in the bulging file of <em>Times</em> articles that brim with optimism about Democratic prospects and dousing the hopes of Republicans. Alexander Burns and Alan Blinder reported that “G.O.P. Braces As Statehouses Are Put in Play -- Energized Democrats Sense Momentum.” Burns and Blinder promised a bumpy ride in the 2018 midterms for the GOP.</p>

NYT’s New Duplicitious Attack on Trump’s ‘Unparalled War on Law Enforcement’

<p>The media meltdown continues, in the wake of the release of the House Intelligence Committee memo detailing alleged misconduct by the FBI and the DOJ. In “Trump’s Unparalleled War,” on the front of Sunday’s <em>New York Times</em>, reporters Sharon LaFraniere, Katie Benner, and Peter Baker’s fancy they’ve uncovered a conspiracist in the White House who has launched “an unparalleled war on law enforcement.” It’s quite odd and hypocritical for the liberal <em>New York Times</em>, which giddily leaks sensitive information to wreck  terror-fighting programs and published the name of a covert CIA official, to suddenly hallow the nation’s domestic surveillance organization as a vital and sacred institution.</p>

Hypocritical NYT Claims Trump-Emboldened ‘Autocrats Steamroll Opposition’

<p>President Trump isn’t just empowering dictators by criticizing the mainstream press, he’s also doing so by abandoning the promotion of human rights overseas. That’s the thrust of Friday’s front-page <em>New York Times</em> story by Cairo bureau chief Declan Walsh, “In Unquestioning U.S. Embrace, Autocrats Steamroll Opposition.” The text box: “A president’s silence on abuses by allies emboldens despots in Egypt and elsewhere.” But where was this concern for human rights when Republicans criticized ran this year, or Russia or Egypt previously?</p>

NYT Goes Manic Over FISA Memo From ‘Stooge’ Nunes; ‘Falls Well Short’ of Scandal

<p>The days before the release of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act memo alleging a pattern of malfeasance by the FBI and Justice Department in its surveillance of members of the Trump campaign were marked by dread and hysteria in the media, and the <em>New York Times</em> participated. </p>

From Start to End, NYT Celebrates Reign of ‘Magnetic…Elegant’ Planned Parenthood Prez

<p>Sunday’s <em>New York Times</em> carried reporter Amy Chozick’s exit interview with Cecile Richards, the retiring president of Planned Parenthood: “Planned Parenthood Chief, Exiting, Plans Her Next Move.” She led off with an unlikely anecdote from Richards making pro-lifers out as hypocrites and the leader of America’s largest abortion mill as an advocate for women’s health care.</p>

NY Times Sunday Mag Lets CNN’s Amanpour Savage Trump: ‘Lies Lead to Dictatorship’

<p>Carrying on the tradition of celebrating a leftist with a softball interview, the latest “Talk” page at the back of the <em>New York Times</em> Sunday magazine showcased Christiane Amanpour, CNN international correspondent and leftist host of <em>Amanpour</em>, in “Christiane Amanpour Wants More Local News.” Amanpour is known for her globalist liberalism and anti-conservative hostility, and an excerpt from her interview with the <em>Times</em>’ Audie Cornish shows why, as she portrayed Trump’s attacks on the national political press and his “tribalistic policies” as threats to democracy.</p>

Another Petulant Anti-Trump ‘Fact Check’ From the New York Times

<p>Continuing its newly rediscovered fascination with fact-checking, in remission during the eight years of Obama, the <em>New York Times</em>’ Linda Qiu (hired during the Trump era) delivered yet another overheated fact-check of a Trump speech, this one delivered at the World economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: “Where the Speech Veered From the Truth.” Qiu on Saturday evaluated seven statements (cut to four in print) -- two true, two false, and three that fell into the strange Trump-only category “needs more context." It mean sort of a “yes, but,” followed by a Democratic-friendly rebuttal of Trump’s accurate point.</p>

New York Times Shows ‘Hard-Line’ Bias in Favor of Dreamers vs. ‘Draconian’ Trump

<p>On no issue is the paper’s bias more obvious than on illegal immigration, and it showed in both the tone and terminology used regarding President Trump’s latest offer in the fight over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The front of Friday’s <em>New York Times</em> showcased Michael Shear and Sheryl Gay Stolberg’s “Immigration Offer: Citizenship and Stern Tactics.”</p>

NYT Doomsday Clock Hysteria Finds ‘End of World’ Closer Due to Trump; Ignored It During Obama

<p>Under the hysteria-inducing headline “End of the World Is a Bit Closer, Scientists Fear,” <em>New York Times</em> reporter Sewell Chan forwarded lefty propaganda from Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and their infamous “Doomsday Clock,” meant to be a sobering reminder of potential nuclear Armageddon. Part of the blame, naturally, is put on Donald Trump for criticizing Obama agreements on climate change and Iran’s nuclear policy. But is this an objective group of concerned scientists or just another left-wing stunt? And why didn't the paper cover even greater clock moves during the Obama administration?</p>

Things NYT Columnists Say: Pathetic Patriots, Stalin-Surpassing Tobacco Execs

<p>On Wednesday, former reporter Frank Bruni’s ridiculous extended metaphor linked the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots, Donald Trump, and the American economy in a web of corruption: “The Hell of This Year’s Super Bowl.” The text box: “It’s the Patriots, again, and a metaphor for Trump’s America.” Not to be outdone, Nicholas Kristof wrote the next day that "American tobacco executives have killed more people than Stalin managed to...."</p>

Seriously? NYT’s Hulse Sees Good News for Democrats in ‘Swift Surrender’

<p><em>NYT</em> reporter Carl Hulse managed to find good news for Democrats in the party’s abject surrender on the government-shutdown front, in his “news analysis” for Tuesday’s front page, “Hope for Bargain in a Swift Surrender.” The jump-page headline: “With Swift Surrender, Democrats Hold Hope Of Reaching a Bargain.”</p>

NYT Can’t Grasp Why GOP Supports Israel, Blames ‘Us vs. Them’ Culture War, ‘Drastic’ Trump

<p>Max Fisher’s latest explainer piece in Monday’s <em>New York Times</em>, “How the Right Took Israel’s Side,” attacked President Trump and conservatives in general for supporting Israel for no good reason. After flubbing basic facts about the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem in favor of anti-Israel assertions in December, Fisher again revealed himself untrustworthy on an issue he pays special attention to, offering grossly misleading characterizations of Republican attitudes toward the Israel-Palestinian dilemma.</p>

NYT Gives Dana Loesch the Darth Vader Treatment, but Hails MSNBC Republican Wallace

<p>Two profiles of prominent female Republicans resulted in two very different takes in Sunday’s <em>New York Times</em>. A long profile of Second Amendment activist Dana Loesch was rendered in dark and sinister fashion on the front of Sunday Styles: “Trigger Warning” by Laura Holson. The online headline deck was loaded: “The National Rifle Association’s Telegenic Warrior -- How Dana Loesch, a onetime Democrat, became a Second Amendment spokeswoman too incendiary for some right-wingers to handle.” It was quite a contrast from the paper’s treatment of the<em> Times</em>’ idea of a good Republican -- GOP-bashing Nicolle Wallace, host of MSNBC’s <em>Deadline: White House.</em></p> <p> </p>

NYT Petulantly Covers Annual ‘Anti-Abortion’ March for Life, Frets For Planned Parenthood

<p><em>New York Times</em> reporter Jeremy Peters covered the annual pro-life march in Washington, D.C. under this petulant headline in the print version: “President Reaches Out To Foes Of Abortion.” (Otherwise known as the annual March for Life.) The paper has traditionally ignored the annual march entirely, while devoting copious space to much smaller left-wing protests like those supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants.</p>

Huh? NYT’s Odd Attack on Trump Nominee: He Fights Too Hard Against Campus Anti-Semitism

<p><em>New York Times</em> Education reporter Erica Green picked a bizarre fight against a Trump nominee for being too concerned about anti-Semitic violence on campus -- unless one remembers how hostile the paper is to pro-Israel voices and how accommodating it is to radical pro-Islamic ones: “An Advocate for Israel, Named to a Civil Rights Post, Draws Criticism” was the headline in Friday’s <em>Times</em>. The text box took the anti-Israel critics to heart: “Opponents see a narrow focus as a hurdle to fairness.”</p>

NYT’s Chozick: ‘Cruel Twist’ That Hillary’s Loss ‘Ignited’ a Feminist Movement

<p>Bye-bye Hillary? Amy Chozick’s profile on the front of the <em>New York Times</em> Sunday Review featured the headline “Without Her.” It was a regretful (possible) goodbye to Hillary the high-profile feminist heroine, while crediting her with igniting the #MeToo movement, and postponing mention of her inconvenient husband as long as possible: "Hillary Clinton, the first woman who had a real shot at the presidency, has finally set off a national awakening among women. The only catch? She did it by losing."</p>

NYT Bizarro World: Hits Walmart for Raising Worker Pay, Switches on Earmarks to Hit Trump

<p>When is increasing pay for hourly workers politically suspect? When are earmarks considered pork? When they are encouraged by Donald Trump, at least at the <em>New York Times</em>. Walmart can do no right in the eyes of the liberal paper. Michael Corkery managed to turn even the liberal-pleasing move against the despised company<strong>: </strong>"Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, waded into the bumpy waters of partisan politics on Thursday, announcing that it will use some of its savings under the new tax bill to provide wage increases, bonuses and expanded benefits to its hourly workers."</p>

NYT Editorial Hypocritically Hits GOP on Russia, Ignores Own Anti-Romney Slam in 2012

<p>An editorial in Thursday’s <em>New York Times</em> made hay of a partisan Democratic report concerning alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election: “A Grave Warning on Russian Meddling.” The text box: “Senate Democrats issue the most comprehensive public analysis thus far of Moscow’s war on the West.” </p>

NYT’s Strange New Approval for Trump as He Considers Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants

<p>The <em>New York Times</em> may be at its most liberal on the immigration issue, and when President Trump seemed to warm to the idea of a path to citizenship for some illegals, reporters abruptly warmed to him, at least compared to the “hard-line anti-immigration activists” in his party. The lead story by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Trump Receptive To Working Out Citizenship Path," tempted Trump with chances of political victory, and provided the paper's usual “undocumented” euphemism for illegal immigrants.</p>

Desperate NY Times Finds Racism, Nationalism in Admiring Asians, Museum of the Bible

<p>Stretching to find racism in every corner of the American psyche,<em> </em>the<em> New York Times</em> Sunday Review found nationalism and white supremacy in finding Asians to be hard-working and attractive, as well as in the new Museum of the Bible in D.C. Audrea Lim’s “The Alt-Right’s Asian Fetish – How the ‘model minority’ myth blends with racist ideology. Also featured was Katherine Stewart's "The Museum of the Bible Is a Safe Space for Christian Nationalists," a smear written by the author of “The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children.”</p>

Front-Page ‘News’: Boston Globe Fawns Over Obama, ‘Gone But Still Growing On Us’

<p><em>The Boston Globe</em> indulged in some early nostalgia for President Obama on the front of Sunday’s edition: “Gone But Still Growing On Us.” The online headline to Astead Herndon’s story: “Trump is making Obama great again.” Herndon used strict methodology to make his case for Obama's popularity: "On Twitter, Obama’s growth in popularity can be quantified. When he wished the country a Merry Christmas in his last year as president, the message was retweeted about 100,000 times." This is Sunday front-page news?</p>

Bizarre Cuba, Castro Propaganda on the Front of NYT Travel: ‘Whatever Their Later Faults…’

<p>The front of the <em>New York Times</em> Sunday Travel page featured some pretty blatant bias by omission, courtesy of contributor Tony Perrottet, on the late Cuban dictators Fidel Castro -- a whitewashing of Communist history well-suited to the paper’s <em>Red Century</em> series of articles that left out the brutal history of Soviet and Chinese communism. The headline over the story, which covered three-quarters of the front of the Travel section: “A Cuban Island That Has Played Both Paradise and Prison.” The subhead: “The Isle of Youth -- which has been both a Communist Utopian getaway and home to a brutal prison that housed Castro for a time -- is a world apart, even by Cuban standards.”</p>

NYT Art Critics Go Wild Over Museum Price Hike, Blame ‘Ruling Class,’ ‘Nativism,’ ‘Jim Crow’

<p><em>New York Times</em> art critics Holland Cotter and Roberta Smith reacted with horror, and socialist tropes, to news that the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan was making its “suggested fee” of $25 mandatory for non-New Yorkers: “The Museum Should Be Open to All.” </p>

Death No Escape from NYT Bias for Conservatives: Castro Treated Better Than Mormon President

<p>More proof that the <em>New York Times’</em> political bias extends into death. The latest hostile treatment of a figure who ran afoul of the liberal line on social issues appeared Thursday, in an obituary of the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon church). Thomas Monson received less sympathetic treatment than did ruthless longtime Communist dictator, Fidel Castro.</p>

NYT’s Passive, Misleading Coverage of Iran Political Protests Draws Mockery, Outrage

<p>As the protests in cities and towns across Iran enter their sixth day, the <em>New York Times</em> has caught a lot of flak in the wake of its passive, often misleading initial coverage of the political uprising, as people rebel against the oppressive state, and shout slogans blaming the government for focusing on Hezbollah and Palestine while ignoring issues at home. The paper’s Tehran-based reporter Thomas Erdbrink, who has a history of excuse-making for the regime, got off to an awful start with “Protests in Iran Over Economic Woes Spread, Including to the Capital.” It led with this<strong>:</strong> "Protests over the Iranian government’s handling of the economy spread to several cities on Friday, including Tehran, in what appeared to be a sign of unrest."</p>

NYT’s Fandos Spins Desperately to Protect Mueller, Cast Dems as New Law & Order Party

<p>Sunday’s <em>New York Times</em> featured the latest attack by reporter Nicholas Fandos on the GOP for daring to criticize special counsel Robert Mueller and his increasingly partisan-looking investigation fo Donald Trump: “Attacks on Mueller and F.B.I. Open a Rift in the Party of Law and Order.” The text box: “Worry that a drive by Trump loyalists could stain the G.O.P.” Fandos has proven himself a frantic spinner for the Democrats and Mueller while disdaining Republicans in Congress, and again does yeoman’s work trying to position the party of the Clintons and Obama as the new “law and order” party.</p>

Entertainment Weekly Marks 2017 By Praising Obama, Kimmel, Kaepernick, Tarring Trump

<p><em>Entertainment </em><em>Weekly</em>’s year-end best of double issue (dated December 29, 2017 – January 5, 2018) came with its standard anti-Trump and pro-Obama political slant scattered throughout the publication, including this gem of a headline: “Jimmy Kimmel: In Trying Times, The Late-Night Jester Became A Surprising – And Compelling – Voice Of Reason.”</p>

NYT’s Flegenheimer Misses Obama, Blames Trump for Scrambling Our Brains

<p>Boy, do reporters miss Obama. <em>New York Times</em> political reporter Matt Flegenheimer's “The Year the Traditional News Cycle Accelerated to Trump Speed” basically blamed Trump for 2017 in total. Flegenheimer has established a reporting pattern of loathing Republicans like Sen.Ted Cruz while basically worshipping liberal Democratic presidential hopefuls. He began his Saturday story with ill-concealed regret that the former president was no longer in the White House: "Barack Obama was president earlier this year. Really, eyewitness accounts from the period confirm this. It lasted nearly three weeks, it seems...."</p>

Newsweek’s Bizarre Ivanka Story Suggests Confederate Flag in Photo Background Is ‘Dogwhistle’

<p><em>Newsweek</em>, circling the drain of journalistic credibility, has resorted to immature rehashes of liberal social media clickbait, to bizarrely accuse President Trump daughter Ivanka of sending a “dogwhistle” signal to racist movements. The headline suggests that the Trump family is responsible for the ideological content of flags on boats sailing near them while on vacation. “Oops! Ivanka Trump Vacation Photo Has Confederate Flag on Boat Behind Jared Kushner."</p>

NYT Gushes Over Prince Harry’s Old Obama Chat: Things ‘Important to Him Have Not Changed’

<p><em>New York Times</em> reporter Ceylan Yeginsu filed breaking news from London: A three-month old interview with a former president! Prince Harry interviewed Barack Obama in Toronto in September, and the interview aired on BBC’s Radio 4: “A Prince and a President: BBC’s Obama Interview.” The online headline was cornier: “When Harry Met Barry: The BBC Obama Interview.”</p>

Newsweek: ‘How Trump and the Nazis Stole Christmas To Promote White Nationalism’

<p>Merry Christmas, Nazi! <em>Newsweek </em>keeps topping itself with discreditable anti-Trump “news” stories, the latest the holiday-themed “How Trump and the Nazis Stole Christmas To Promote White Nationalism” by Cristina Maza, filed on Christmas Eve. That headline kind of says it all, but if you want the full lunacy, keep reading:</p>

NYT’s Hess Channels Trump’s Clenched Fist: ‘Look What My Whiteness Allows Me to Get Away With’

<p>At least one part of Amanda Hess’s job at the <em>New York Times</em> is making whites feel guilty about sharing black-themed “memes” (humorous images or clips and text combinations) on the internet -- or as she uncompromisingly terms them, “Digital Blackface.” The hypersensitive Hess was again seeing racism in other normal things in her introduction to the paper’s special year-end section on Sunday, “The Year in Pictures.”</p>
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