After spending an hour or two on Sunday flirting with responsible journalism, The New York Times quickly reverted to dutiful form as the slathering lapdogs of the Democratic National Committee.
The Democrats are now in Day Two of shutting down the passage of a much-needed coronavirus relief package. In fact, they aren’t even letting a vote happen. To the sane, rational world (what’s left of it anyway), it’s obvious that they are what’s gumming up the works. Heck, the Times was even admitting as much just yesterday:
Breaking News: Senate Democrats blocked action on a sweeping economic rescue plan, saying it failed to adequately protect workers amid the coronavirus crisis https://t.co/pmdNlH0jLK https://t.co/fn9QfppWsb
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 22, 2020
Sure, they were still running a little interference for the Dems, but being honest for the most part. WaPo is also being honest about exactly who is blocking what:
Democrats block key vote on $2 trillion coronavirus bill as Senate floor erupts with partisan anger https://t.co/5wv2zbLnAf
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 23, 2020
Need more? Ed Morrissey writes over at our sister site Hot Air that even the perennially leftist hacks at NBC’s Today Show laid the blame for this at the feet of the Democrats.
This was both a refreshing and confusing time for veteran critics of the mainstream media like myself. I hadn’t seen that many attempts at flirtation with responsibility in, well, maybe ever.
Well, the coastal media bubble finally reached its breaking point. The commie braintrust known as The New York Times Editorial Board rushed in to restore balance to their always-biased narrative universe:
Senate Democrats blocked the bill in a procedural vote on Sunday night. But responsibility for the deadlock rests squarely on Mitch McConnell’s shoulders. https://t.co/euiVThsQyZ
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) March 23, 2020
They don’t get any journalistic cover for running this on the Opinion page. As I’ve argued for years, it’s all opinion now, even the stuff on the front page. The board sets the tone there and it is reflected throughout the site and paper every hour of every day.
The board’s reasoning is, predictably, almost a direct parroting of what Chuck Schumer has been saying on social media since Sunday afternoon:
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky failed to do his job this weekend. As the economy spiraled downward, Mr. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, said he would produce a bipartisan bailout bill authorizing an infusion of desperately needed aid.
Instead, Mr. McConnell emerged on Sunday evening with a bill that would provide a lot of help for corporate executives and shareholders, and not nearly enough for American workers. It would let the Treasury Department hand out hundreds of billions of dollars to corporations — potentially including businesses owned by President Trump — without requiring a binding commitment to preserve jobs and wages. And the bailouts could remain secret for six months.
Translation: McConnell wouldn’t cave to help highlight the Democrats’ election-year narrative.
I won’t get into a tit-for-tat here about why they’re wrong. The NRCC’s Twitter account is actually handling that very well at the moment.
For the sake of the American people, let us hope that Chuck Schumer can stop preening for the cameras long enough to grow up, even for a moment.
I won’t hold my breath.
PJ Media Associate Editor Stephen Kruiser is the author of “Don’t Let the Hippies Shower” and “Straight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.”