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Joyless yawns, prejudices and growls

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A On June 15, a federal grand jury indicted a 26-year-old California man in the attempted murder of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The man, Nicholas John Roske, had in his possession at the time of his arrest a Glock 17 pistol, ammunition, pepper spray, zip ties, a hammer, a screwdriver, a nail set, a doe, a pistol light, duct tape, and hiking boots with padding on the outside of the soles, according to the FBI. Roske, arrested near Kavanaugh’s home in Chevy Chase, Md., told police he was upset that the Supreme Court’s majority opinion was overturned. Roe vs. Wadeaccording to an FBI affidavit.

“Roske said he started thinking about how to find purpose in his life and decided to kill the Supreme Court Justice after he found the Montgomery County Judge’s address on the internet,” the report said. affidavit. “Roske further indicated that he purchased the Glock pistol and the other items for the purpose of breaking into the Judge’s residence and killing the Judge and himself.”

The indictment is fairly recent, right? Right.

Someone should tell the New York Times. From the morning of June 16, the New York Times hadn’t published a single story covering Roske’s indictment.

This comes after the same newspaper relegated its initial coverage of the assassination attempt to the below section of its print edition, with most of the story appearing on the 20th page of the newspaper. To date, the New York Times precisely published a report devoted entirely to the coverage of the June 8 assassination attempt. A second report mentions the incident only in passing.

For context, when a Kentucky high school student was wrongfully accused in 2019 of harassing an elderly Native American protester in the nation’s capital, the New York Times published at least six news articles detailing the incident, according to journalist Jeryl Bier.

Moreover, as Bier notes, on the day Roske was charged, the New York Times published a news article titled “Who Will Fix Their Birkins Now? The article’s caption read, “Artbag, the Madison Avenue boutique socialites and celebrities have trusted to restore their chic handbags for 90 years, is closing its doors.” In other words, it’s not like the New York Times was inundated with major news on June 15 when Roske’s indictment was handed down. It’s not as if the indictment simply slipped through the cracks because the paper chose to focus on larger, more pressing events. The decision to ignore the indictment was a choice.

It’s cliché to play the “what if” game, but honestly, it’s hard to imagine the New York Times would behave in the same jaded way if law enforcement officials had arrested a right-wing crazed man in his 20s for the attempted murder of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The New York Times would be all over the story, pumping out a staggering number of news articles and commentary dissecting every little detail and drawing disturbing, disturbing conclusions.

Still, he apparently isn’t interested in the attempt on Kavanaugh’s life. The big question is why?

Bias

Bias in the media is not necessarily a bad thing.

Everyone has prejudices. It is unavoidable. The important thing is that journalists treat everyone fairly, regardless of political affiliation, political ideology, etc. Bias isn’t really a problem as long as journalists are equally demanding. Bias is not really an issue as long as each side has the opportunity to present their positions and those positions are repeated or characterized fairly by the press.

Unfortunately, most journalists today think that “every side doesn’t always deserve equal coverage,” according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.

In other words, most journalists today find it acceptable to report only one side of a story, ignoring completely dissenting opinions, positions and counterpoints. It’s not a report. This is called “guarding”. Stop treating the public like children.

“What historically might have been considered a standard norm of journalism (and even a requirement for broadcast stations in their election coverage) seems, in the current political environment, to be facing reassessment as a heated debate ensues around the question of ‘bothsidesism’ – whether the media should commit to always giving equal attention to all sides of an issue,” Pew reported.

The Pew survey, conducted between February 16 and March 17, interviewed some 11,889 employed journalists in the United States.

The report adds: “Just over half of journalists surveyed (55%) say that when reporting the news, each side does not always deserve equal coverage, higher than the proportion who say journalists should always strive to give each side equal coverage (44%). »

Fifty-five percent? That percentage of journalists today has no problem ignoring or censoring divergent or contradictory positions? These are not reports. It’s more like public relations!

Meanwhile, audiences strongly disagree that both sides don’t deserve equal coverage. Pew found that an overwhelming 76% of adults think “journalists should always strive to give each side equal coverage.” Pew surveyed 19,829 adults between February 7 and March 13.

Given the distrust of the media these days, it doesn’t seem ideal that there should be such a big gap between what the press and the public think about the critical principle of grassroots journalism.

growls without humor

The only thing the left-leaning media hates more than Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is a joke. And, boy, do they hate jokes.

Tech mogul Elon Musk, who was born and raised in South Africa, recently remarked that he would likely vote for DeSantis if he ran for president as the GOP candidate in 2024. In response, DeSantis made a little joke about receiving support from the African. American community.

“I am focused on 2022, but with [Musk] what I would say is, you know, I welcome the support of African Americans. What can I say?” said the governor.

It’s a joke. Musk, who is white, is literally an African American, born in South Africa.

Damn, did the left-wing commentator hate the governor’s joke.

“I already said that [DeSantis] is a humorless and more openly fascist version of Trump,” said resident MSNBC fanatic and conspiracy theorist Joy Reid. “Here he displays the old quality in that to him ‘humor’ means mocking black Americans with his own silly and offensive version of replacement theory. Black Floridians take note.

Speaking of “humorless”.

ABC News contributor Yvette Simpson said: ‘And we thought we couldn’t do worse than Donald Trump. They say the “racist part out loud” and laugh about it. No more white sheets – everything is exposed now.

“I understand the ugliness of what he’s doing here because I’m also a member of a minority,” tweeted CNN legal analyst Norm Eisen. place. It’s sick.

Yes, dear reader, I’m sure you’re shocked to hear that people who have been conditioned to hate DeSantis also hated his innocuous joke. It’s a shock. Either way, remember that these people are the same class of professionals who say not all sides deserve “equal coverage.”