Skip to comments.The 'Hard Bigotry' of Incompetence at the NY Times
Posted on 09/25/2005 8:22:05 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob
Today (25 September) the NY Times ran an editorial, The Hard Bigotry of No Expectations. It excoriates the Bush Administration for two principle failures, the bad response to Hurricane Katrina and the defective Iraq Constitution. Instead, the Times demonstrated that its entire staff is incompetent.
Regarding Katrina, the Times opines, Four years after 9/11, Katrina showed the world that performance standards for the Department of Homeland Security were so low that it was not required to create real plans to respond to real disasters.
The Times has dozens of its reporters and editors working on various aspects of hurricane coverage. Apparently, none of these crack journalists have yet discovered what the blogosphere has known for two weeks. There WAS an existing Evacuation Plan for Southern Louisiana. It was dated 1 January, 2000. It required (paragraph 5, page 13) the use of public buses for those citizens who do not have, or cannot afford private transportation.
How can any supposedly reputable newspaper claim that there was no real plan for evacuation, in the teeth of this fact to the contrary? There is only one answer. It has been made clear to the entire staff of the Times that facts to the contrary of its established political views will not be tolerated. This is hard bigotry.
Concerning the proposed Iraqi Constitution, which recent events show will be approved, the Times opines, Among other things, the constitution drafted under American supervision does not provide for the rights of women and minorities and enshrines one religion as the fundamental source of law.
As one of the nations leading champions of group rights, rather than individual rights, the Times must be aware that the Iraqi Constitution reserves one quarter of the seats in its new parliament for women. Having women in such a strong position is uniquely revolutionary for any dominantly Islamic country in history.
And, if one looks at the United States, women have NEVER reached that level in either the House or the Senate. Women are close to that level in the states, 22.6%, of the 7,382 state legislators in the United States.
Since it took this country lawyer approximately 15 seconds to Google the percentages of women in public office, surely at least one of the hundreds of journalists who work for the Times could have done the same.
Again, the Times is aggressively ignoring facts which undercut its intended political point. Again, this is hard bigotry. Isnt anyone at the Times the least bit ashamed of their shoddy work product?
John / Billybob
Mornin', CBB..Guess the 500+ who are being laid off by the Times are also incompetent..and did you see the article by the Times ombudsman...he flat out tears Keller apart for failing to correct the comments about Geraldo, and also for NOT making Krugman do a correction...It's here somewhere..i'll try to fid it for you
they could save paper and ink by just adjusting every story's headlines, and the first and only paragraph to be "It's Bush's Fault".
Well, that's what happens when you smoke crack.
Ah yes, biased journalism , if the NYT gave any perspective in their articles they might have to give just a little credit or respect to the conservatives or President Bush. Their DNA (democrat negative attitude) wont allow that, don't you know?
Then again, it might poison the fish!
I am sure neither of these people has ever run anything, and though they make many demands, they don't know what a good executive does or how he gets the results they want. Bush looks to me to have been team building in LA, getting the officials on the same page, and he did it himself.
I am very impatient with all these so-called journalists opining on Iraq without going there.
.....Katrina showed the world that performance standards for the Department of Homeland Security were so low that it was not required to create real plans to respond to real disasters.......
Your assertion about there really is a plan does not contradict what the Times said. The Times says that the feds were not required to have a plan.
You have to give them a break. They have made the mental jump from a republic of states to an all powerful parlimentary state where the feds control everything. The fact that actual events haven't kept up with the time table established in 1992 should not be held against them. The fact that there is Republican control should not have any effect on events had not the election been stolen.
If America were Europe, the Times would be right.
The plunging subscription rate of the NYT (and fellow travelers) is the price that they are paying.
Speaking of "price" they want people to pay $50/year to read Dowdies and Krugs on line..Really?
What's hilarious is listening to the media constantly repeat the slogan that "Texas and FEMA learned their lessons from the failures in Katrina." I laughed when they said this (in the form of a question) to one of the mayors, who responded by saying, "we just simply followed our original plans." In fact, even one of the SW Louisiana Police Chiefs pointed out how his town was more prepared than New Orleans.
That $50 will stop strokes and save brain cells.
The NYT is written for the sole purpose of echoing and enforcing the opinions of the people in just ten zip codes. One look at today's (Sunday) edition is enough to convince any objective person that they are totally out of touch with the majority of people in the country (as well as being out of touch with reality).
He was probably too kind to also point out that his police officers didn't quit or join the looters.
Good sentiments, but a paragon of the "straw man" argument.
Reading it at face value says to me that the NYT expected HS to have evacuation plans for major cities; the straw man is that the state of LA did, so NYT criticism of HS is invalid.
And the Iraq Constitution, as written, does indeed include Sharia law as the source. Straw man number two is to make a lot of noise about a certain number of seats reserved for women and simply ignore the Sharia part.
Any NO officers arrested yet for looting or auto theft? Nagin will point to more arrests made in Texas as evidence that he had better control.
Well...perhaps you forgot the most basic use...
You still read Dowd? Land's sakes, why?
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