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  • Maureen Dowd kindly g f y

    First off, if Dowd thinks liberals spent four years lionizing the New York Times for its Trump coverage, then the Beltway bubble she lives in is even more impenetrable and remote than I thought.

    Progressives for years were rightly fuming over the
    Times' forced timidity when covering Trump — the paper's failure to call out his lies, its never-ending attempt to normalize his radical behavior, and the daily's relentless, fawning coverage of Trump voters, who were depicted as the true voice of authentic America — not the backbone for a looming insurrection.


    Secondly, the idea that after four years of watching the Trump media circus, liberals think Beltway journalists are on their side, as Dowd claims, is beyond comical. Liberals understand perfectly well how this game is played and are under no illusions that the Times is doing the Democrats' bidding. In fact, quite the opposite.

    This is the newspaper that waged war for eight years against the Bill Clinton presidency. The newspaper that mocked Democratic nominee Al Gore nearly every day of the 2000 campaign. The newspaper that co-sponsored the GOP's Iraq War, with some of the worst pre-war reporting in modern history. The newspaper that published all kinds of sexist attacks on Hillary Clinton in 2008 and 2016.

    The newspaper that on the eve of Election Day 2016 reported there were "no links" between Russia and the Trump campaign. And the newspaper that often prized access over truth telling during the Trump years, publishing a puff piece on his press secretary last year while she lied without pause about a public health crisis. (The Times politely glossed over when the spokeswoman had claimed, "We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here.")

    So yes, we understand the Times' institutional mindset. Like two years ago when, not having read a single page of Robert Mueller's report on his Russia investigation, the Times rushed to echo GOP spin that Trump had been exonerated and that Mueller had provided Trump with a "powerful boost" toward reelection.


    With a change of command at the White House, liberals also know that after depicting Trump, a pro-corporate millionaire crook, as a "populist," it was ridiculous and insulting for the Times to try to paint Biden as an elitist, just days after he moved into the White House. It was equally dopey for the Times to get played by Sen. Mitch McConnell last month by reporting the Republican Senate Minority leader was somehow in favor of Trump's impeachment. (McConnell ended up voting three different times against it.)

    The Post reported Kim was the target of racist and sexists comments from social media trolls, which of course is never okay and is always condemned. But I didn't see any prominent liberals, Democratic members of Congress, or White House staffers insult the reporter, call her un-American or demand she be fired, the way Republicans and the Trump clan certainly would have if the roles had been reversed. The point being, legitimate criticism of a Post reporter from progressives created an instant rallying effect from the Beltway press in a way that unhinged and dangerous criticism from the right under Trump rarely did.

    And seriously, liberals raising genuine concerns about the Post's coverage of an OMB budget director is what set Dowd off? That was her a-ha moment to start lecturing progressives about the role of the press in a free society? Talk about being thin-skinned.

    Safe to say that Dowd's oversized reaction proves that progressives hit a nerve with media elites early in the Biden term; that the liberal critique of the press is dead-on and journalists are perturbed they're being held accountable after their collective Trump debacle.

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    • Given that dinosaurs like Maureen Dowd are not even relevant to anyone inside the Beltway, I can't imagine who she thinks she is speaking to other than a mirror.
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      • Ouch https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...ngton-dc-swamp
        Originally posted by BobbyBrady
        Crosby probably wouldn't even be on BC's top two lines next year

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        • And she has now withdrawn herself from consideration.
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          • Originally posted by MinnesotaNorthStar View Post

            And she has now withdrawn herself from consideration.
            Good. She was Hillary's Chief of Staff. Fuck her with Jeb's dick.

            We have clean out the Clintonistas with a flamethrower. They are no good.
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            • More of this please. Like... a LOT more.
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              • Now that the Covid bill is nearing its end, I would like to see the focus turn towards getting the USPS governors appointed. Though one of the Dems has apparently backed DeJoy recently so it may not be as simple as getting the 5-4 majority to remove him.

                But if they could swing it, they could clean up the current sabotage and hopefully move to implement some policies like postal banking that Bernie has pushed for in the past and Biden's campaign also supported.
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                • Originally posted by aparch View Post
                  More of this please. Like... a LOT more.
                  https://www.politico.com/news/magazi...=pocket-newtab
                  Yes.

                  If the Nazis have the entire lower middle class, and we have the entire upper middle class, these people are the middle middle class and they are up for grabs.
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                  • F the NY Times with the business end of a rake. What privileged ******* wrote this?

                    "In this Sunday’s NYTimes columnist Nicholas Kristof writes, “Every time Democrat’s brandish their wokeness and wag fingers or call people bigots, they manufacture new Republicans.” He goes on to research that says what wins people over is listening, asking questions and appealing to their values, not your own. Granted, this is hard to do and surely takes practice, but worth pursuing to help our society in this decisive time."
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                    • Originally posted by MissThundercat View Post
                      F the NY Times with the business end of a rake. What privileged ******* wrote this?

                      "In this Sunday’s NYTimes columnist Nicholas Kristof writes, “Every time Democrat’s brandish their wokeness and wag fingers or call people bigots, they manufacture new Republicans.” He goes on to research that says what wins people over is listening, asking questions and appealing to their values, not your own. Granted, this is hard to do and surely takes practice, but worth pursuing to help our society in this decisive time."
                      White male oppression is really bad. They hate it that the can't hit on women and can't hit LBGTQ people, and just joking about it around the water cooler.

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                      • Originally posted by MissThundercat View Post
                        F the NY Times with the business end of a rake. What privileged ******* wrote this?

                        "In this Sunday’s NYTimes columnist Nicholas Kristof writes, “Every time Democrat’s brandish their wokeness and wag fingers or call people bigots, they manufacture new Republicans.” He goes on to research that says what wins people over is listening, asking questions and appealing to their values, not your own. Granted, this is hard to do and surely takes practice, but worth pursuing to help our society in this decisive time."
                        Some dude who has won a couple of Pulitzers and should know better considering how the media business historically operates (white men asking for favors in exchange for advancement).

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                        • Apparently one of the big takeaways in blighty from the interview last night was how messed up our healthcare system is. They’re not wrong.
                          Originally posted by BobbyBrady
                          Crosby probably wouldn't even be on BC's top two lines next year

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                          • I must be taking crazy pills because the only people I see talking about anything dealing with the culture wars (outside of say San Fran) is the GOP. The Dems are worried about passing legislation.
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                            • The Culture Wars are a distraction from the Republicans not permitting the government to help anybody. The punditry -- even the "liberal punditry" -- keeps it alive because they are lazy and it's an easy story to rehash the same tired tropes of the last 20 years and then just let the extremists take the bait and create their story for them. The Plutes sit back and laugh.
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                              • Originally posted by Drew S. View Post
                                Apparently one of the big takeaways in blighty from the interview last night was how messed up our healthcare system is. They’re not wrong.
                                Interview?
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