NY Times displays gross incompetence …
It’s Sarah Palin’s fault, y’all … The New York Times editorial on the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, R.- La., a congressional aide, a lobbyist, and a Capitol Police officer tried to examine the reasons for the attack. It can’t be the toxic coverage of Republicans in the mainstream media alone. It has to be the GOP’s fault somehow. So the editorial board brought up the lie that the lunatic who shot Rep. Gabby Giffords and killed six people did it because Sarah Palin told him to.
What did they say? Here’s what the Times wrote: “The link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.” The targeted electoral map is a long-standing graphic design element that Democrats used a version of as well.
“No sign of incitement as direct” … The Times went on to say that in this case, there was “no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack.” Perhaps the Times editorial board would do well to read their own newspaper. In January 2011, a four reporter team reported of the man who shot Giffords, “[H]is anger would well up at the sight of President George W. Bush.” By all accounts, the man who shot Giffords had no core political belief, and there is no evidence that he ever saw the mailer the idiots at the Times still blame for the shooting.
Time to bring back a public editor … It is editorials like this, devoid of either fact or logic, that show the need for the Times to have someone, anyone, with a differing view in their halls of power. They did, and they fired her. Last month the Times fired its public editor – and eliminated the position – who warned about the paper’s clear bias.
Laughable correction ... Late Thursday morning, the Times issued a correction to the editorial, saying that there was no link between the "incitement" and the shooting. The updated text is not any better. Defiantly, the Times still implies there was a link, using the journalistic standard of "some people say."
New York Times issues correction to editorial pic.twitter.com/pxNYL3ftGM— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) June 15, 2017
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