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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.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/25/opinion/25sun1.html

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 nation’s 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.”

Source: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/Facts/Officeholders/cawpfs.html

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.” Isn’t anyone at the Times the least bit ashamed of their shoddy work product?

John_Armor@aya.yale.edu


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Some days, it's like shooting fish in a barrel to attack the NY Times for biased journalism. But if they did not want to receive such attacks, they'd stop sticking their heads up, sticking out their tongues, and saying, "Hyah, nyah, we did it again."

John / Billybob

1 posted on 09/25/2005 8:22:07 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob
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To: Congressman 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


2 posted on 09/25/2005 8:25:22 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: Congressman Billybob

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".


3 posted on 09/25/2005 8:31:15 AM PDT by bitt ('It is a good thing the Commander in Chief is tough as nails.' (FR))
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To: Congressman Billybob
"Apparently, none of these crack “journalists” have yet discovered what the blogosphere has known for two weeks."

Well, that's what happens when you smoke crack.

4 posted on 09/25/2005 8:31:42 AM PDT by Enterprise (The modern Democrat Party - a toxic stew of mental illness, cultism, and organized crime.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

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?


5 posted on 09/25/2005 8:32:47 AM PDT by chgomac
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To: Congressman Billybob
The New York Times is good for one thing:

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Then again, it might poison the fish!

6 posted on 09/25/2005 8:32:55 AM PDT by Sister_T (Starve a RINO!!!)
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To: ken5050
And this morning Maureen Dowd acused Bush of just runing around looking for photo ops. Like Gregory asked if Bush and his entourage wouldn't just be in the way at Northcom.

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.

7 posted on 09/25/2005 8:35:43 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: Congressman Billybob; Howlin
But, sad "fact" is (and no quotes needed around "fact") that the rest of the MSM slavishly will listen to/read ONLY the NY Times for information.

Facts we find so quickly here to refute "mainstream media" are endlessly ignored by the MSM as THEY wait for government "spokesmen" and liberal "authorities" and "former government employees" (ex-Clinton White House liars) and then repeat was said last hour/last day/last week for the OTHER minions in the media.
8 posted on 09/25/2005 8:35:57 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (-I contribute to FR monthly, but ABBCNNBCBS supports Hillary's Secular Sexual Socialism every day.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

.....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.


9 posted on 09/25/2005 8:37:20 AM PDT by bert (K.E. ; N.P . I smell a dead rat in Baton Rouge!)
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To: ken5050
“The Hard Bigotry of No Expectations.”

The plunging subscription rate of the NYT (and fellow travelers) is the price that they are paying.

10 posted on 09/25/2005 8:37:53 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: ncountylee

Speaking of "price" they want people to pay $50/year to read Dowdies and Krugs on line..Really?


11 posted on 09/25/2005 8:40:27 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: ClaireSolt
If President Bush didn't go to the affected areas they would accuse him of being cold and indifferent to the suffering of the people. Once he does go, they accuse him of "photo ops."
12 posted on 09/25/2005 8:40:45 AM PDT by Enterprise (The modern Democrat Party - a toxic stew of mental illness, cultism, and organized crime.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

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.


13 posted on 09/25/2005 8:41:55 AM PDT by cwb (Liberalism is the opiate of the *asses)
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To: ken5050

That $50 will stop strokes and save brain cells.


14 posted on 09/25/2005 8:42:07 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: ncountylee

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).


15 posted on 09/25/2005 8:43:20 AM PDT by ZeitgeistSurfer
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To: cwb
" even one of the SW Louisiana Police Chiefs pointed out how his town was more prepared than New Orleans."

He was probably too kind to also point out that his police officers didn't quit or join the looters.

16 posted on 09/25/2005 8:45:07 AM PDT by Enterprise (The modern Democrat Party - a toxic stew of mental illness, cultism, and organized crime.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

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.


17 posted on 09/25/2005 8:48:05 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Enterprise
He was probably too kind to also point out that his police officers didn't quit or join the looters.

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.

18 posted on 09/25/2005 8:48:28 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Sister_T; Hushpuppie
The New York Times is good for one thing:

Well...perhaps you forgot the most basic use...


19 posted on 09/25/2005 8:56:05 AM PDT by Colonial Warrior ("I've entered the snapdragon part of my life....Part of me has snapped...the rest is draggin'.")
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To: ClaireSolt
And this morning Maureen Dowd acused Bush of ...

You still read Dowd? Land's sakes, why?

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F

20 posted on 09/25/2005 8:56:45 AM PDT by Criminal Number 18F
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