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Ed Driscoll

Our Source was the New York Times

March 4th, 2014 - 12:33 am

In either a nice bit of Jungian synchronicity, or a macabre bit of humor from the New York Magazine staff, there’s an ad under the above-quoted 1992 article in New York Magazine for a skincare product with the headline, “Does Your Skin Act Confused?”, which sums up the mindset of the Pinch-era Times rather nicely. In Gray Lady Down, his brilliant 2011 expose on the modern New York Times, Bill McGowan wrote:

Others bristled at the generally antagonistic atmosphere [in the Times’ offices], which Peter Boyer, a former Timesman, described in a 1991 Esquire article as “moderate white men should die.” Boyer left the Times to become a staff writer at the New Yorker. Other accomplished midcareer Timesmen left too, taking with them vital experience, institutional memory and a special old-fashioned Times sensibility and culture. Rubbing salt into some of the old guard’s wounds, [Timesman Max Frankel], backed by Sulzberger, virtually admitted that the commitment to diversity made double standards acceptable. At a forum at Columbia University, Frankel conceded that it would be difficult to fire a black woman, even if she were less good than another candidate.

Which dovetails well with a legendary Freudian slip on the topic by Howell Raines, the Times’ former editor:

“This campaign has made our staff better and, more importantly, more diverse.”

In January of 2011, while Timesmen such as Paul Krugman and other members of the left obsessed over magical thinking concerning clip art and scary words, Alec Baldwin asked in the Huffington Post, “What Changes Will We Make After the Giffords Shooting?”* As we’ve seen in the years since: the answer amongst his fellow NBC and MSNBC denizens was to double- and triple-down on the craziness.

If the Times’ fellow Democrats are going to try to woo “the ones who got away: white men,” what changes will the New York Times and its publisher make to begin the healing process?

Over to you, Pinch & Co.

* Baldwin’s article — speaking of synchronicity — begins with a classic misremembering of the Kitty Genovese urban legend, largely because the Times botched the initial reporting of that story to slant the article against the working class citizens of Queens, but then, as Fred Siegel wrote at the start of The Revolt Against the Masses, “The best short credo of liberalism came from the pen of the once canonical left-wing literary historian Vernon Parrington in the late 1920s. ‘Rid society of the dictatorship of the middle class.’” The Gray Lady internalized that motto a long time ago, indeed.

Update: As in 2011, this latest attempt by the left to forge a new civility built on brotherly outreach appears to be slow to catch on in the hinterlands. Perhaps I’m simply rushing things, though.

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The bizarre thing I'm seeing is that there is no questioning by the Democrats as to whether what they've done is beneficial for the country as a whole.

Marginalize a whole class of people, use them as the butt of jokes and blame all the country's problems AND your failures on them, and NOW they're going "Oh, we need you to maintain power!"?

We're supposed to trust them? To come back into the fold after decades of open hatred?

Hey, NYT - there's the horse you rode in on. You know what you can do with it.
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I beg to differ. Republicans have something to offer African-Americans that the Democrats never can to White men: fairness. In fact, the Republicans are for the most part already making that offer, it's merely not being accepted. I don't believe it's possible for the Democrats to do likewise.
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Liberals are by far the worst purveyors of racism as orthodoxy and institution in America. The fact they are completely convinced demonizing whites is some form of anti-discrimination shows what morons they are.

From "white privilege" to "cultural appropriation" to editing out any non-white slavery or colonialism from history to their sad stupidity called "micro-aggressions, they are very inventive about coming up with new racial slanders to fight racism.

This is the byproduct of letting the worst organized bigots in America basically write your campaign speeches and platforms, and from whose hate the Dems draw their "wisdom" from.
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White men pretty much built the world we live in, and when the big crash comes, which it will, it will pretty much be white men who rebuild it. Except my phrase "white men" has nothing to do with skin colour or even gender, and everything to do with attitude: people who want to work hard at something useful, give more than they take, recognize reality, and give and demand respect. This includes millions of Asians, blacks, and Latinos, but excludes Wall St. bankers, Democrats, and the FSA.
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Love the Dr. Strangelove reference.
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Vernon Parrington. There it is, there it is. Our intellectual elite have always been pretenders.

People who grew up in small towns and rural areas (and more recently the dreaded suburbs) who had prodigious intellectual gifts -- "the smartest one of the crowd, mind you," as Mr. Potter said of George Bailey, of every George Bailey who has ever breathed -- but no common sense and were rightly disliked, dismissed and even despised by the neighbors, for their bad manners and disrespect and arrogance.

They couldn't wait to knock the dust of those places off their boots just as soon as they boarded the trains for those Ivy League colleges. And then off to the Big Cities, where they assumed they'd become the new aristocracy, founded on intellect, erudition and a certain je ne sais quoi attitude. But they made their names and reputations and earned their daily bread by running down everyone and everything that they remembered and despised in a place once called "home."
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Esau, you've nailed it.

Ted Rall described this process nearly verbatim with reference to his own life. Of course, he framed it as his lofty self rising above the morass of the small town, instead of viewing as an adult might (he left because whatever his IQ might be, he was a lousy human being and nobody wanted to be around him or accord him the significance he arrogated to himself). His rendition of his life, while sickening, is at least honest, and as such you don't see it trumpeted at places like Huffpost. Wouldn't want to admit the real motivations, doncha know.

Other examples abound, and the thing is, the left actually uses these types to their advantage whenever they want to pretend that they represent regular people. The two best ones I can think of are Michael Moore and Molly Ivins.

Moore is continuously presented as an authentic voice of the "gritty industrial heartland" or some such nonsense, when in fact he is a poseur in that role and is just another wealthy urban leftist who despises the religious and political sensibilities of his supposed cohort. Ivins was always cast as bringing a dirt-farmer authenticity to the left of center cause, but the truth is that she was a drunk leftist malcontent who couldn't tell corn from wheat from a herd of cattle and had nothing but contempt for the real culture and values of Texans.

But their accents and a few of their mannerisms were employed to attempt to show some sort of universality to the leftist cause.

In the end nobody is fooled.

When the welfare recipients and public employees and grant/subsidy recipients in this country hold a rally to thank me for working and producing the money that funds their existence, I'll think about voting Democratic. When Democratic politicians vocally condemn the entertainment and advertising industries for using misandry and bigotry against white males and authentic Christians to appeal to other groups for their audience, I'll think about voting Democratic. Until then, I view Democrats as an existential threat, with all that that entails.
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This is funny. After years of ridiculing white males, the NYT wants to make nice and ask them to support Democrats. It brings to mind the classic error of dog training. Dog runs away. Owner calls dog and it returns. Owner then beats the snot out of the dog. Now owner cannot figure out why dog won't ever come when called. Enough said.
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What next, the Nazi party trying to recapture the Jewish vote?
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Marxists abandoned European Christian Male Working Class a long, long time ago.

The Western Left has nothing but contempt for them and their culture.
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If the Democrats want to "win over" white males they might want to reflect upon the fact that they have "won over" all their other demographic groups by demonizing white males and making us out to be THE source of all that is wrong and evil in the world. I have been used as a straw man and stalking horse by the Democrats in their pursuit of political power for most of my 57 years; they are going to have one hell of a hard time winning my azz over; in all likelihood they will act upon their decades of stereotyping me and try to rile me up with stories of lazy blacks, car-stealing Mexicans and weak flighty females - the kind of racist/sexist red meat they're certain I really want.

Screw the Democrats.
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Your censors are super sensitive. White ey got kicked out?
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One of us is going to die: old, white males or Times and by extension, Democrats. We regenerate, automatically. I predict old, white males has it sealed. No sense even trying to pull the wool over our eyes. I wouldn't believe a Democrat if he told me my mother never had kids.
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The author of the NY Times article is a woman named "Jackie Calmes". Yet another fish realizes there are a lot fewer bicycles are around.
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