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Worst of Times ^ | January 11, 2017 | John Stossel

Posted on 01/11/2017 2:01:08 PM PST by Kaslin

Now that I no longer do a weekly TV show, I have more time to read my local paper. Sadly, that's The New York Times.

The Times actually does some good reporting, but their political and economic coverage is filled with deceit.

Can I find deceit every day? You bet. Take a look at a few days just last week.


The front page: "NAFTA's promise is falling short, Mexicans agree."

Wow, the Times now embraces Donald Trump's position on trade? Economists estimate that 14 million jobs depend upon NAFTA, but people everywhere often oppose trade because the smaller number of jobs lost is more visible than gradual gains.

What evidence of NAFTA's failings does the Times offer? Oddly, the article says "the workforce has grown."

Ah, hello? Job growth is good.

Jose Luis Rico "earns well under $10,000 a year."

Not much by American standards, but good for Latin America, and the reporter mentions that Rico got "a handful of raises." Have you gotten "a handful of raises"?

Despite NAFTA, the "gap between the nation's rich and poor persists."

Duh. Trade doesn't eliminate wealth gaps -- it may increase the gap because the cleverest traders get rich. But since the poor gain jobs and wealth, too, so what?

Finally, the clueless Times reporter quotes a Mexican politician and crony capitalist complaining: "Government has not established policies to protect Mexican businesses."

But "protection" for some businesses is corporate welfare -- welfare for the rich. It hurts poor people by raising prices. The Times wants that? Maybe they're sucking up to Donald Trump and his friend Carlos Slim, Mexico's richest crony capitalist, and the Times' biggest shareholder. CARTOONS | Ken Catalino View Cartoon


A front-page story smears David and Charles Koch.

First, the reporter labels them "the ultraconservative billionaire brothers." Ultra? Why ultra? Why conservative even?

The Kochs favor liberal immigration rules, gay marriage, legal drugs, ending racial discrimination in criminal sentencing, fighting in fewer foreign wars and getting rid of government bailouts and favors for businesses, including their own. David Koch supports higher taxes to reduce the deficit. Which of those things is conservative?!

Maybe the Times calls the Kochs "ultraconservative" because a political group they support points out, "Policies that subsidize electric vehicles and solar panels for the wealthy raise energy prices" and gas and oil are cheaper for everyone. The reporter adds that the group even showed a "video of people driving, turning on lights and plugging in appliances." Oh, no! How terrible!

The reporter claims the "Kochs have long worked to quash ... renewable energy sources like wind and solar." But they haven't! They try to quash subsidies for renewables. Big difference. Doesn't the Times know the difference?

The Times appeals to its Trump-hating readers with a headline that begins "Sensing Gains Ahead Under Trump, the Kochs ..." But the Kochs didn't give Trump a penny.

It's time for the Times to stop calling all their opponents "conservatives." Some of us are libertarians. America has other choices besides the anti-capitalism of the Times and anti-capitalism of Trump.


The Times quotes left-wing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo saying it "defies common sense" to have a nuclear power plant near New York City. Green activists oppose the plant and Cuomo now says it will close.

But where will New Yorkers get power? The "options include hydropower from Quebec and power from wind farms."

Great. But what will we do when the wind doesn't blow? At least the reporter admits that "New York City could be burdened with higher energy prices." Could be? (SET ITAL) Will be!


"Trump Denies Climate Change, These Kids Die."

That's the headline on a Nicholas Kristof column about drought in southern Africa. Apparently, there were no dry spells before "man-made global warming."

In truth, starvation has decreased dramatically thanks to fossil fuels. Starvation now is caused by corrupt governments, not climate change.

If there's a way to blame capitalism even as it improves the world, the Times will find it.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: deceit; koch; liberalmedia; medialies; newyorkslimes; nyt; stossel; trumpmedia

1 posted on 01/11/2017 2:01:08 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Mears


2 posted on 01/11/2017 2:05:23 PM PST by Mears
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To: Kaslin

tx fer the post!

3 posted on 01/11/2017 2:16:11 PM PST by expat_panama
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To: Kaslin

I missed this one. John Stossel has stepped down from his job on Fox Business Show back on December 7th, 2016. I was so involved in the Electoral Recount, thanks to Jill Stein, I listened to little else.
Stossel has received 19 Emmy Awards for his televised reports. 19!!! John was diagnosed with lung cancer last April, even though he has never smoked. It looks like the doctors caught the disease early, and were able to put it in remission. Maybe he’s not fully recovered yet, and has had enough of the weekly TV grind. Stossel will continue to be seen on Fox as an occasional consultant.
Well, everyone has their Day In The Sun, so he’s probably grateful for such a fulfilling career. Most reporters never get a tenth of the opportunities that came his way.

4 posted on 01/11/2017 2:16:35 PM PST by lee martell
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To: Kaslin
It's not just the NYT. The rest of the MSM is controlled by 6 corporations. These six are ultimately controlled by the ruling class, and they all have the same world view.

5 posted on 01/11/2017 2:18:37 PM PST by Vic S
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To: lee martell
Yeah he wrote about his Lungcancer


The next one he wrote about his lung cancer was a week later

Lung Cancer And Me

6 posted on 01/11/2017 2:34:34 PM PST by Kaslin ( Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible)
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7 posted on 01/11/2017 2:40:27 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Vic S

There’s an obvious arithmetic mistake in that image.

There is one media exec for every 1,193,966 subscribers.

If given to two significant figures, it’s 1 to 1,200,000.

8 posted on 01/11/2017 3:32:43 PM PST by Steely Tom ([VOTE FRAUD] == [CIVIL WAR])
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To: Vic S
Also, GE doesn't own either Comcast or NBC.

Comcast is a public corporation that is traded on the NASDAQ.

Comcast owns NBC, Universal, and Focus Features, but it isn't owned by GE.

9 posted on 01/11/2017 3:36:37 PM PST by Steely Tom ([VOTE FRAUD] == [CIVIL WAR])
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To: Steely Tom

Thanks, I’ve had this image for awhile. I know Comcast has it’s own ticker symbol, CMCSA. But you must be right; the majority owners are Richard Blum and his wife (Dianne Feinstein).

I will create a new one with some changes after I research this more.

10 posted on 01/11/2017 3:40:21 PM PST by Vic S
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To: Vic S

Does CBS really own a TV show, Jeopardy, that’s shown on ABC?

11 posted on 01/11/2017 3:52:28 PM PST by raybbr (That progressive bumper sticker on your car might just as well say, "Yes, I'm THAT stupid!")
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