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Donald Trump’s gorilla channel dupes the media

Donald Trump watches a channel that only shows gorillas fighting. It’s true. We read it on Twitter. Pixelated Boat, the self-styled “Prince of Lies”,  shared an extract from Michael’s Wolff’s book on the President, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House:

 

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“On some days he’ll watch the gorilla channel for 17 hours straight,’ an insider told me. ‘He kneels in front of the TV, with his face about four inches from the screen, and says encouraging things to the gorillas, like ‘the way you hit that other gorilla was good.’ I think he thinks the gorillas can hear him.’”

We know it’s true because no sooner had “Prince of Lies” tweeted it than the New York Times broadcast it as fact:

 

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Newsweek had more.

 

 

The Atlantic’s contributing editor Shadi Hamid hooted:

“This is my favorite part of Wolff’s book so far. Amazing for what it says about this administration! (It’s worse than you think!!). So amazing, I can barely even believe it. It’s *literally* incredible.”

Even more incredible than Pixelated Boat’s previous Tweet to the Gorilla TV news:

 

 

 

David Burge nails it: “is that the gorilla turned out to be Trump and the stupid gorilla-obsessed Trump turned out to be the media.”

 

Posted: 11th, January 2018 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment


New York Times points fingers at Sarah Palin in GOP baseball attack

The New York Times has news. It might even be fake news. Or it might just be wrong. James T Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Illinois, a volunteer on the Bernie Sanders for President campaign and, above all, a violent loon is dead. Hodgkinson “sprayed bullets at Republican lawmakers during baseball practice in a Washington DC suburb”. He shot House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise and five others in “the early morning ambush at a park in Alexandria, Virginia”

The New York Times gets to work. Can it stick to the facts?

Was this attack evidence of how vicious American politics has become? Probably. In 2011, Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl. At the time, we and others were sharply critical of the heated political rhetoric on the right. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map that showed the targeted electoral districts of Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.

Palin did it? The NYT Times continues:

“Though there’s no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack…”

The NYTimes has not updated its story:

An earlier version of this editorial incorrectly stated that a link existed between political incitement and the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords. In fact, no such link was established.

Other than that, the story was accurate.

Posted: 15th, June 2017 | In: Politicians | Comment


Vox revels in bigotry on Bret Stephens joining the New York Times

Vox gets very nasty on the New York Times hiring Bret Stephens:

Earlier this month, the New York Times hired conservative Bret Stephens, longtime writer for the Wall Street Journal, to join its editorial page.

It really shouldn’t have.

Because:

For one thing, though the paper defends the hire in the name of opinion diversity, Stephens is a very familiar sort of establishment conservative — a cosmopolitan, well-educated, reflexively pro-Israel war hawk…

Whatever could they be driving at?

But if that;s not nasty enough, the article continues:

It takes a particular sort of insularity to hire a pro-war, anti-Trump white guy…

One part of this hatchet job notes: “Getting hired has not stopped Stephens from making lazy arguments.”

Irony be damned.

 

Posted: 2nd, May 2017 | In: Reviews | Comment


New York Times RIP: ‘It’s a good time to be David Bowie’

The British dead tree Press utterly missed David Bowie’s death. The USA had a few hours more to digest news of the Thin White Duke’ passing. And it still managed to balls it up:

 

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Spotter: @brianstetler

Posted: 11th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, Reviews | Comment


Alexander Levlovich: turning a Jewish man’s death into a word game

The New York Times tells readers about the death of Alexander Levlovich, 64.

Jewish Man Dies as Rocks Pelt His Car in East Jerusalem

The headline originally stated another location:

 

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Diaa Hadid continues – her emphasis continues to be on the dead man’s race (he is not just any man; he is a ‘Jewish man’):

A Jewish man died early Monday morning after attackers pelted the road he was driving on with rocks as he was returning home from a dinner celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, the Israeli authorities said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting to discuss rock-throwing, mostly by Palestinian youths.

But who tossed the stones at the Jewish man’s car? Is their ethnicity as important as it was in defining the man’s death?

Words matter in a place where nuances and context are important. Is Hadid guilty of telling and not showing?

Kevin D Williamson muses:

MEMO FROM: Copy desk

TO: New York Times Foreign desk

RE: Diaa Hadid for AM international; mark-up attached

HEAD: Jewish Man Dies as Rocks Pelt His Car in East Jerusalem [ED: “As rocks pelt his car”? How exactly did the rocks go about doing this? Are these special angry Palestinian rocks that get up off the ground and hurl themselves at Jews? Unless we’re talking about The Rock, in which case he’s going by “Dwayne Johnson” these days, I don’t think a rock is capable of committing an act of violence on its own.]

BYLINE: Diaa Hadid DATELINE: Ramallah, West Bank, 14 September 2015

COPY:  A Jewish man died [ED: “was killed.”] early Monday morning after attackers pelted the road [ED: “pelted the road”? They were aiming at the pavement? Please clarify.] he was driving on with rocks as he was returning home from a dinner celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, the Israeli authorities said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting to discuss rock-throwing, mostly [ED: “mostly”? Which other rock-throwers were discussed at the emergency meeting?] by Palestinian youths.

Neither reports are unweighted – although, unlike Hadid, Williamson is not presenting himself as a impartial reporter. Both are practising the journalism of attachment, the trend to present everything in terms of black and white, good and bad, right and wrong. And the journalist of a attachment is always on the side of the good.

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Alexander Levlovich

An official version of event is told by the Israeli government:

Alexander Levlovich, 64, was returning home to the Armon Hanetziv neighborhood in Jerusalem at approximately 11 p.m. after a Rosh Hashana holiday dinner when his car was struck by rocks thrown by Arab youths on Asher Viner Street. He lost control of his vehicle, apparently also suffering a heart attack, and was critically injured when it struck a pole. Two passengers in the car were lightly injured. Alexander was evacuated to hospital and died shortly afterwards.

Levlovich, a divorced father of three, was born in Jerusalem and lived in the city his entire life. He was the manager of a residence for disabled people in Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood. Shimon Zurieli, Director General of ILAN, the Israeli Foundation for Handicapped Children, said: “He was a man of gold, with hands of gold and a heart of gold” who, with virtually no budget, found ways to make life easier for the residents. He was also an avid van of the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team.

Facts. When an issue is emotive, it’s always useful to stick to them.

Posted: 18th, September 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment


New York Times apologises for blaming Irish Students for the Berkeley horror

JUNE 16: People look on at the scene of a balcony collapse at an apartment building near UC Berkeley on June 16, 2015 in Berkeley, California. 6 people were killed and 7 were seriously injured when a balcony collapsed at an apartment building near the University of California at Berkeley campus. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

People look on at the scene of a balcony collapse at an apartment building near UC Berkeley on June 16, 2015 in Berkeley, California. 6 people were killed and 7 were seriously injured when a balcony collapsed at an apartment building near the University of California at Berkeley campus. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The New York Times‘ story on the five Irish students killed when a balcony collapsed at Berkeley included the news that the J1 work-visa program was “a source of embarrassment for Ireland, marked by a series of high-profile episodes involving drunken partying and the wrecking of apartments in places like San Francisco and Santa Barbara.”

Pathetic stuff.

The fourth-floor balcony was mostly decorative, says a member of the Berkeley Design Review Committee that approved the building in 2001. You want to apportion blame? Look beyond the victims (Olivia Burke, Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Lorcan Miller and Eimear Walsh, all aged 21, were Irish. The sixth victim, Ashley Donohue, 22, was from California).

Ireland’s Minister of Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin replied:

“Your newspaper’s reporting of the Berkeley tragedy is a disgrace.”

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Posted: 17th, June 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment


New York Times duped in story on teens who vape

When the New York Times trawled Twitter for cool kids who vape for an article on e-cigarettes use among teenagers, @drugleaf replied.

 

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Having set themselves up, the Times was reeled in.

 

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The article made it into the paper. Lil Ugly Mane was born:

 

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The article continued:

As for whether he still craved cigarettes, “the only thing that’s really missing is feeling like your entire mouth is coated in dirt,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of people who don’t smoke pick them up because it looks cool. But for every person I’ve met like that, I’ve met another using it like it’s a medicine against cigarettes.”

So much for subbing at The New York Times.

The New York Times has since issued a correction and removed the section about “Joe Stevonson” from the online article.

Spotter: Gawker

Posted: 20th, April 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment


America ignores the Baftas in favour of the American Dance Institute’s New Choreography awards

What does America think of the Baftas, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards? A look at the New York Times tells us the anwer is not very much. Or nothing.

One night after British acting’s AGM, and the NYT’s Arts section features not a single story on them awards.

 

 

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It might be hard luck that the Baftas are staged on the night of the Grammy Awards. But it’s lamentable that Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul ‘DNA’ is bigger news.

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Posted: 9th, February 2015 | In: Film | Comment


Free Speech: New York Times Charlie Hebdo cowardice shames its fight to expose a secret history of the Vietnam War

Attorneys for The New York Times leave the Supreme Court in Washington on June 26, 1971 after presenting arguments against the government’ suit to prevent The New York Times and The Washington Post from publishing articles on the secret history of the Vietnam War. They are, from left: Lawrence McKay; Floyd Abrams; Alexander Bickel, who presented the Times’ case before the court; James Goodale, Times’ Vice President and William Heggerty. (AP Photo/Charles Harrity) Ref #: PA.9574895  Date: 26/06/1971

Attorneys for The New York Times leave the Supreme Court in Washington on June 26, 1971 after presenting arguments against the government’ suit to prevent The New York Times and The Washington Post from publishing articles on the secret history of the Vietnam War. They are, from left: Lawrence McKay; Floyd Abrams; Alexander Bickel, who presented the Times’ case before the court; James Goodale, Times’ Vice President and William Heggerty. (AP Photo/Charles Harrity)

The New York Times did not publish the latest Charlie Hebdo cover:

Larry Buchanan spots this letter in the NYT:

This gem, buried on the letters page of Fridays paper, by the man who defended the nyt in the pentagon papers case.

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@larrybuch

Posted: 14th, January 2015 | In: Reviews | Comments (2)


Jill Abramson Is Punch Drunk: I’d Edit The NY Times For Much Less Than You

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BACK in April, the New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson told us about the T-for-Times tattoo on her back.

One month later Abramson was sacked. Her offence? She had been moaning about her meagre wages.

As executive editor, Abramson’s starting salary in 2011 was $475,000, compared to Keller’s salary that year, $559,000. Her salary was raised to $503,000, and – only after she protested – was raised again to $525,000.

She learned that her salary as managing editor, $398,000, was less than that of the male managing editor for news operations, John Geddes. She also learned that her salary as Washington bureau chief, from 2000 to 2003, was a hundred thousand dollars less than that of her successor in that position, Phil Taubman.

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Posted: 18th, May 2014 | In: Money, Reviews | Comment


Jesus at Easter: The NYT says Heaven is not a place on Earth

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THE New York Times wants to correct a story on Pope Francis’ Easter:

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: April 1, 2013

An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the Christian holiday of Easter. It is the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, not his resurrection into heaven.

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Posted: 1st, April 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment


Why did the New York Times lose the argument on manmade global warming?


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THE Climate Change war is over. The New York Times has closed its climate change desk and Green Blog. Why?

Kevin Drum wonders:

Obviously the Times editors are going to come in for plenty of criticism over this, and that’s fine. They deserve it. But let’s face it: the reason they did this is almost certainly that the blog wasn’t getting much traffic (and, therefore, not generating much advertising revenue). So a more constructive question is: Why do readers—even the well-educated, left-leaning readers of the Times—find environmental news so boring? Is it because we all write about it badly? Is it something inherent in the subject itself? Is it because most people think we don’t really have any big environmental problems anymore aside from climate change? Or is it because it’s just such a damn bummer to read endlessly about all the stuff we should stop doing because, somehow, it will end up destroying a rain forest somewhere?

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Posted: 7th, March 2013 | In: Reviews | Comments (10)


New York Times closes Environment Desk – climate change reporting is dying

AFTER the Cold War Desk, the Environment Desk closes:

The New York Times will close its environment desk in the next few weeks and assign its seven reporters and two editors to other departments. The positions of environment editor and deputy environment editor are being eliminated. No decision has been made about the fate of the Green Blog, which is edited from the environment desk.

“It wasn’t a decision we made lightly,” said Dean Baquet, the paper’s managing editor for news operations. “To both me and Jill [Abramson, executive editor], coverage of the environment is what separates the New York Times from other papers. We devote a lot of resources to it, now more than ever. We have not lost any desire for environmental coverage. This is purely a structural matter.”

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Posted: 12th, January 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment


New York Times, Kanye West And Chattering Fasionistas Turn Occupy Wall Street Into A Huge Joke

CAN Kanye West and the New York Times join forces with bearded man with loud hailer to turn the Occupy Wall Street protest into an international laughing stock? Well, they are tying.

West swapped his diamond teeth for gold ones to better mingle and blend in with the working stiffs in New York.

This is blue collar West who celebrates his wealth and tweets observations such as:

Man I’m heading to Abu Dhabi finna go to Ferrari Land YESSSS!!! ..

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Posted: 11th, October 2011 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment


New York Times Scooped By The Onion Over Obama’s Singing

FIRST the New York Times was scooped by news that Barack Obama sings in the shower. Then the paper of record’s fact-checkers got to work and got more upset:

A series of pictures last Sunday of covers of the magazine Tiger Beat, with an article about how the original teen-girl tabloid has remained virtually unchanged since its inception in 1965, erroneously included a parody cover, produced by the satiric newspaper The Onion, that featured a picture of President Obama.

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Posted: 27th, April 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment


18 Black Paedophiles ‘Rape’ Hispanic Child: New York Times Blames Victim

IN Cleveland, Texas, 19 young men and teenage boys aged 14 to 27 have been charged with participating in the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl.

James C McKinley Junior told the story to New York Times readers.

The case has rocked this East Texas community to its core and left many residents in the working-class neighborhood where the attack took place with unanswered questions. Among them is, if the allegations are proved, how could their young men have been drawn into such an act?

Drawn in? Are they the victims?

“It’s just destroyed our community,” said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. “These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.”

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Posted: 3rd, April 2011 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (10)


Blow Off: Zo-Bama’s Tea Party Serves Charles M Blow

ALFONZO Rachel returns to serve Charles M Blow of the New York Times who is looking for racism at the Tea Party events. But not finding any. Still, he’s got a column to write:

Posted: 23rd, April 2010 | In: Reviews | Comment


New York Times Secret Print After Party Video

newspaper-vendors-hutPRINT is dead. But there’s still an after party to get to. Jason Eppink has been throwing “Print After Parties” at newspaper boxes. Says Eppink:

Abandoned by floundering media conglomerates, thousands of neglected newsracks command valuable real estate on busy street corners across New York City, remnants of diminishing demand and a disintegrating economy. Many have already been reclaimed and transformed by urban alchemists, whether as canvases for stickers and paint or clever conceptual works that turn the once important vessels of information into repositories for garbage.

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Posted: 16th, November 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment


New York Times Cuts 100 News Workers Who Fail To Spot Story in Own Office

nyt-hqTHE New York Times is cutting 100 newsroom staff:

The New York Times newsroom is reeling from today’s announcement that the company plans to cut the staff by 100 …

Most of the people at the Times know the paper needs to be slimmed down, but nobody expected it would come in the middle of October. The newsroom is “stunned.”

Oh for a decent reporter who can sniff out a story in their own newsroom, and read this in April when Keller warned of cuts to newsroom staff.

As before, if we do not reach 100 positions through buyouts, we will be forced to go to layoffs,” [executive editor Bill Keller] wrote. “I won’t pretend that these staff cuts will not add to the burdens of journalists”.

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Posted: 21st, October 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment


US Supreme Court Protects Catholic Priests Accused Of Child Abuse

benedict_eganPRIESTS accused of child abuse in Conecticut are being protected by the United States Supreme Court. Anorak’s Man in LA investigates:

The United States Supreme Court today rejected a request by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut to delay the court-ordered release of thousands of legal documents from lawsuits filed against priests accused of child sex abuse.

The diocese has been fighting for seven years to stop four newspapers, including The New York Times, from getting their hands on more than 12,000 pages of depositions and church records.

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Posted: 5th, October 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment


The New York Times And The Death Of Aged News

THE New York Times is dying – well, not really. it just needs to change, or die:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
End Times
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Newt Gingrich Unedited Interview

Spotter: Adrian Monck

Posted: 13th, June 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment


Maureen Dowd Wins New York Times Memory Challanege

maureen-dowdMAUREEN Dowd has won the New York Times’s memory challenge. Maureen is modest and says she did not plagiarise Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall’s blog, but just committed the piece to memory – having been told it!

Maureen Dowd has a fine mind – a mind like a sponge:

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, in an email to Huffington Post, admits that a paragraph in her Sunday column was lifted from Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall’s blog last Thursday.

Dowd claims that she never read his blog last week but was told the line by a friend of hers….

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Posted: 18th, May 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment


Man-Made Global Warming Began 121,000 Years Ago

MAN-made global warming began 121,000 years ago. STOP THE PRESSES!

Evidence from fossil coral reefs in Mexico underlines the potential for a sudden jump in sea levels because of global warming, scientists report in a new study.

The study, published in the journal Nature, suggests that a sudden rise of 6.5 feet to 10 feet occurred within a span of 50 to 100 years about 121,000 years ago, at the end of the last warm interval between ice ages.

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Posted: 16th, April 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment


The New Yorks Times Slaughters Darfur

THE New Tork Times is in the mire. But who bad is it? Well lives are being lost and many are starving:

Speaking at Stanford Thursday, Keller compared the quest to save the Times, a powerful and once-wealthy newspaper that brought itself to the brink of financial ruin, with the genocide of poor Africans in Darfur. Politico:

Commenting on the keep-the-Times alive movement, Keller [New York Times executive editor Bill Keller] said: “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.”

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Posted: 3rd, April 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment


Why Online Is Not The New York Times Rolling Stone Solution

NEWSPAPERS – the dead tree press- are in the mush.  Seeking Alpha looks at how the New York Times is facing up to the challenge, via Adrian Monck:

Despite the highest readership of any newspaper in the United States, the New York Times only generated $330 million in online advertising in 2007. Total operating costs for that same year totaled $2.9 billion.

It is widely reported that total newspaper operating costs would be reduced by 35% if newspapers eliminated their print product [is that assumption really right?]. Using the NYT example … costs could be reduced to $1.9 billion.

Read on:

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Posted: 9th, December 2008 | In: Reviews | Comment


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