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Ed Driscoll

The Gray Lady is Plus-Sized; She Contains Multitudes

December 13th, 2013 - 1:24 pm

I was going to do a “past performance is no guarantee of future results,” or similar-style of SDA-style juxtaposition post on the New York Times’ relationship with the Obama White House, but it seems to change daily. Here’s where we stand, so far:

In September of 2009, Thomas Friedman declared that one party rule is, like, totally awesome dude, provided you have right folks in charge — and for Friedman, thuggish, murderous Chinese Communists equals “a reasonably enlightened group of people.” Much like the thuggish, murderous Cuban Communists that Friedman also admires.)

Last year, the New York Times decided to end 2012 with a bang, declaring, publishing an op-ed that flat-out exclaimed, “Let’s Give Up on the Constitution.”

Having given her blessings to Mr. Obama to embrace lawlessness — not that the former self-declared “Constitutional scholar” needed much encouragement in that department — earlier this week, the Gray Lady had a sad. An op-ed at the Times on Wednesday was titled, “Obama’s Orwellian Image Control.” Gee, didn’t anyone warn Pinch that you can’t create Oceania without having a Big Brother in charge, who’s scrupulously in control of the image he puts out? (The earlier generation of statist Timesmen knew this instinctively. Just ask Walter Duranty, or whoever wrote Stalin’s obit for the Gray Lady.)

But hey, no worries, mate! Today David Brooks, originally hired a decade ago to be the Times’ token conservative declares, it’s time to “Strengthen the Presidency.”

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney must be having a laugh on the phone today over that headline. And as one wag quipped in the comments at Hot Air, “More starch?” But as Ace notes, Brooks own liberal fascist moment comes today after he previously declared in February that:

“We should never trust concentrated power. That is not what the country is based on. It’s based on checks and balances,” Brooks said.

As Brooks exclaimed in a rare moment of candor for a Timesman back in 2011, “I’m a sap, a specific kind of sap. I’m an Obama Sap.”

He’s far from alone in that department at the Gray Lady. Yes, Walter Duranty cooked the books. But compare the tone and temperament of the earlier generation of Timesmen profiled in Gay Talese’s The Kingdom and the Power from 1969, with their in-name-only successors. Read Gray Lady Down, William McGowan’s excellent 2010 book, if you’d like to learn more about how the Times went off the rails in the last twenty years. Has America ever been more poorly served by an institution that styles itself as America’s flagship newspaper? And do the people currently at the Times wonder how things went so wrong, or do they look back at the paper’s early incarnation, and like the writers of TV’s Mad Men, solemnly conclude that Now We Know Better.

A rhetorical question, I know. And more’s the pity for all of us.

And given the spectacular moral lobotomy the Times performed on itself at the end of last year,will they dare attempt topping themselves to ring in 2014? Stay tuned.

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Ed: You have more stamina and pluck, than I !! I am so revolted by the doltish, economic-illiteracy of almost all the NYTimes' writers (Friedman, Brooks and countless other big-govt-lovers there)......that I can hardly write a few sentences about them, much less continue to read their slavish drivel. And they think they're SO damn smart -- and when Friedman said a few years ago "We can't drill our way out of our dependence on foreign oil", I had to nearly scream back at him on the radio (C-Span). I think he was slamming Sarah Palin with that mantra. The idiocy goes on and on, until hopefully the NYT goes bankrupt. They've been morally bankrupt with their idiocy for so many decades.....never exposing the lunacy of too much govt, even right in their backyard of NYCity. Maybe when Illinois crumbles, they'll get it. Then California. But no, I don't think they ever will.
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The Germans had great creases in their uniform pants 70 years ago; maybe that's what Brooks hankers for in his 'strong leader' plea.

(OK, it's actually that David wants a president who's not a detached incompetent, but he's spent the better part of the past 5 1/2 years offering up only the mildest of criticism of Obama, than immediately backing off and declaring again his potential wonderfulness, less the Times give him the William Kristol treatment and dump him for David Frum, Kathleen Parker or Meghan McCain. Coming up with this bubbleheaded analogy is Brooks' way of trying to tell Obama to stop embarrassing all the pundits who vouched for him without directly criticizing the light-worker as a detached beta-male wimp who expects everyone else to do the hard jobs for him and then award him all the credit.)
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Anytime the Left makes a blanket statement on the desirability of less gridlock or a stronger presidency or more government oversight of our lives, they need to first plug in the names of their most detested conservative bugaboos.

Friedman's one-party rule -- How does Tea Party rule sound, Tommy boy?

Brook's strengthen the Presidency -- President Sarah Grizzly Palin is glad of your support, Davey.

Obamacare mandating the collection and computer record filing of the most intimate details of your sex life, available to any government functionary at a keystroke or mouse click -- President Mike Huckabee and his bible thumper minions can make good use of that info, comrade

Using politically-aligned organizations like ACORN and OFA as Obamacare navigator with access to crucial personal information -- Focus on the Family and the 700 Club are eagerly waiting their turn at bat, chumps.

Harry Reid's chortling over his destruction of the Senate filibuster and Paul Ryan's new budget law that lets the Senate raise taxes on simple majority vote -- the power to raise taxes on a simple majority vote also means the power to lower them on a simple majority vote -- like eliminating the inheritance Death Taxes, a restoration of the eeeviilll Bush Tax Cuts, and rollback every other Dodd-Frank Ploward-Cliven cockamamie punitive economic bill ever cooked up.

Sauce for the goose, Mr. Saavik, sauce for the goose.
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