Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’

The slow death of newspapers continues

April 24, 2011

Here’s a thought: If you’re America’s “Newspaper of Record,” you probably shouldn’t be duped into thinking a story in the parody news site “The Onion” is real. However, that’s exactly what happened to the New York Times last week. In a feature on the magazine “Tiger Beat” last week, the Times actually referenced a fake Barack Obama story that was really from The Onion, not Tiger Beat.

THE “PARTY OF LINCOLN” NOW HATES LINCOLN

February 11, 2011

What the hell?

Today’s New York Times features a column by Paul Krugman detailing how Abraham Lincoln is now becoming a despised figure by the modern day Republican Party. That’s right, current Republicans are disowning “Honest Abe” also known as “The Great Emancipator.”

Sure, the 16th president held the Union together during the Civil War and freed the slaves and is enshrined on Mount Rushmore. He’s also on the penny and the five dollar bill. Just last year, Lincoln was “American” enough for Glenn Beck to give a speech from his memorial, but so what? Tea party activists are more concerned that Lincoln:

* Was the first president to implement an income tax and

* Introduce paper money in the form of “greenbacks” into the the American economy

Lincoln was voted America’s Greatest President in a poll of historians, but that’s SO 2010.

CRAZY modern day Tea Party politicians have driven the Republican Party so far to the right that when the House of Representatives held hearings this week on U.S. monetary policy, there were only three “experts” called to testify before Congress. One of those “experts”was author Thomas DiLorenzo.  

As Krugman points out, DiLorenzo has no economic background whatsoever. He is, however, probably the most anti-Lincoln writer in American history. DiLorenzo wrote “Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe” which Publishers Weekly reviewed as a “laughable screed,”and “The Real Lincoln” a book promoted by its own publisher as “guaranteed to infuriate.” DiLorenzo is also a rabid secessionist. He is on record as describing secession from the United States of America as a legitimate method for states to deal with the health care debate. And now, much to the consternation of Krugman, DiLorenzo is one of three people in the entire world who has been called on to testify before Congress on how we should run our economy and why the United States should go back to the gold standard.

Why? Because DiLorenzo once described the Fed as “legalized counterfeiting.” That’s a popular point of view with Tea Party assclowns. The Fed was created by Alexander Hamilton. He did so to wipe out the federal debt and pay off the Colonies Revolutionary War debt. Hamilton was a Founding Father, co-authored the Federalist Papers, signed the Declaration of Independence and is on the ten dollar bill but what did HE know about The Constitution and economics compared to Thomas DiLorenzo?

 

THOMAS DILORENZO’S BOOK ON LINCOLN WAS DESCRIBED AS A “LAUGHABLE SCREED” BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

THE NEW YORK TIMES VERSUS FAT PEOPLE

August 24, 2009

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FAT PEOPLE ARE REVOLTING REBELLING

As if the New York Times hasn’t lost enough readers.

The Times now finds itself  embroiled in one of the biggest controversies in the history of the paper. All because they made the mistake of offending the #1 demographic in America- fat people.

It turns out that 54 really is the new 30. At least in terms of waist size.

 

 

It all started a couple of weeks ago when Times columnist Cintra Wilson wrote an incredibly snooty column deriding the fact that there was a J.C. Penney store opening in Manhattan. Wilson was appalled at the type of riff raff that such a lowbrow chain store would attract. Mainly because Penney’s is apparently the only major retail clothing store in America which carries plus sizes. And plus, plus sizes and plus, plus, plus sizes. Wilson went on a string of tirades ripping fat people. She even blasted Penney’s for having “the most obese mannequins I have ever seen” and worried that Manhattan would soon be overrun by people who look like “the cast of Roseanne.”

Wilson whines, “No matter how many Grand Slam breakfasts you’ve knocked out of the park, Penney’s has a size for you.”

Wilson’s column has been derided as being elitist, “size-ist” and “tone deaf.” The New York Times has been overwhelmed by the negative response to  her article. Wilson herself received so many “abusive” (according to her) e-mails and comments that she was forced to shut down her personal website. If you log onto the site now you get a message from Wilson that says,

 

“Cintrawilson.com is no longer accepting, reading, or posting any more abusive emails or comments concerning the recent controversy. If you got your licks in already, I will leave them up for posterity. If you’re looking to vent any further, please go breathe into a paper bag. As far as this website is concerned, the issue has been officially flame-broiled to death. Do not waste your precious time.”

 

Meanwhile the Times itself had to shut down the “comments” section on Wilson’s  August 11th article. They received so many comments attacking Wilson personally and so many profane messages, even after over one week, that they finally just gave up trying to monitor and edit the responses (apparently a full time job) to Wilson’s article.

Penney’s is thought to be thinking of dropping all advertising with the Times. Ordinarily, the elitist Times wouldn’t even care. Unfortunately for Wilson, in addition to offending a major advertiser during tough economic times, she also managed to insult the dead mother her boss. It turns out that Bill Keller’s mom was both obese and a longtime Penney’s shopper.

The Times had its own “Public Editor” write a piece blasting Wilson’s article. It doesn’t matter. The wrath of fat people has continued unabated.

Among the “comments” posted on Wilson’s website:

 

“You are a…bitter little rich c***”

“I didn’t realize you were so ugly”

“I will never read the New York Times again”

“Before you go insulting people go and get some surgery. You look like a man.”

 “Boo you classist whore”

“NO ONE LIKES U. NOW GO EAT A PIZZA AND BARF IT OUT AGAIN BULEMIC HO!”

 

 

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DYING NEW YORK TIMES FEATURES HARD, PENETRATING, DEEP PROBING ARTICLE ON THE DECLINING QUALITY OF PORN SCRIPTS

July 8, 2009

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NEW YORK TIMES FILM DIALOGUE EXPERT SAVANNA SAMSON

The Old Gray Lady is apparently into porn. In an article entitled “Lights, Camera, Lots of Action” the New York Times tackles the hard-hitting issue of the declining quality of pornography scripts.

In what previously may have qualified as a National Lampoon parody piece in years past, the Times does a serious interview with porn star Savanna Samson. Samson spends the entire article whining about the lack of “quality” porn scripts these days. She says internet porn has forced films to focus on action, action, action!

Sorry, but when your body of work includes films like “Ass Spelunking” , “Varsity Vagina” , “Where the Boys Aren’t 18”  , “Spanking and Our Gang”, and “Slit Happens” you’ve pretty much forfeited your rights to complain about QUALITY SCRIPTS. As has making 27 anal sex movies.

The only thing that’s even POSSIBLY more irritating than reading a 4,000 word article featuring a porn star complaining about her job, is doing so in the New York Times. In an effort to save their dying, soon-to-be -defunct newspaper, the Times tries to pass this idiotic topic off as a legitimate “news” story. Under the auspices of placing a Savanna Samson/porn article in its “Media & Advertising”section, the Times literally tries to foist off a porn story on its readers.

Maybe the Times should do an article on the declining quality of newspaper story ideas.

 

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SAVANNA SAMSON REALLY MISSES THOSE QUALITY SCRIPTS SHE HAD BACK IN THE DAY

TMZ’S HARVEY LEVIN LECTURES THE NEW YORK TIMES ABOUT WHAT JOURNALISM IS

March 9, 2009

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BREAKING NEWS: MIKE PIAZZA HAD BACK ACNE

March 5, 2009

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Suddenly, the big topic in baseball is Mike Piazza’s back acne. From a decade ago.

It turns out longtime baseball writer Murray Chass would have blown the lid off the whole steroids controversy a decade ago. Unfortunately, the New York Times is run by “ultra conservatives.”

Chass is a 147-year-old blogger who used to write about baseball for the Times. On his blog Wednesday, Chass brought up the subject of Piazza’s acne. It was during his discussion of some petty feud he had back in the 1800’s with writer Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Chass makes a pretty damning circumstantial case against Piazza and his possible use of steroids. However, during the article, Chass attempts to engage in some revisionist history. Although he acknowledges that he and other reporters who covered baseball at the time were naive and even “gullible,” Chass claims that he attempted to write about Mike Piazza’s back acne “two or three times” while he was with the New York Times. Chass claims that on each occassion editors removed the references from his articles or columns.

Chass offers two alternate explanations as to why the New York Times killed his (alleged) references to Mike Piazza’s back acne, and therefore implication of steroid use. Both are equally laughable. First Chass argues his groundbreaking investigative journalistic skills and possible Pulitzer Prize in the field of dermatology was thwarted because the editorial staff at the New York Times is “ultra conservative.” Seriously.

Secondarily, Chass theorizes that the Times wouldn’t allow the back acne references because his baseball editor “was a big Mets’ fan” and may have been “protecting the Mets.” Yeah, because OBVIOUSLY the Times would never publish a negative story about the New York Mets. Not about Darryl Strawberry’s cocaine use when he was a Met. Or Dwight Gooden’s drug problems in New York. The Times also obviously protected Wally Backman from any embarrassing story. They certainly wouldn’t allow anything negative to be published about Keith Hernandez. If Murray Chass is to be believed, the Times wouldn’t mention an incident where a “drunk and angry” Kevin Mitchell held Strawberry and a woman hostage with a butcher knife then cut a cat’s head off. Or David Cone and those pesky sexual assault allegations.

Where was the New York Times when Mets players like Guillermo Mota and Felix Heredia were caught using steroids? Obviously, the New York Times has never written about steroid use involving the Mets. They probably NEVER let Chass speculate about Piazza’s steroid use or possible sexual preferences. At least if we’re to believe bitter old man Murray Chass.

 

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MURRAY CHASS: LYING, BITTER OLD MAN