Media Bias of New York Times on Display

Upon arrival in New York City on March 26, 2017, I picked up a copy of that day’s New York Times.  Known as “the most liberal rag” in the nation, the newspaper’s bias jumped off the page.  The headline said, “Trump Becomes Ensnared in Fiery G.O.P. Civil War” with the following subtitle, “First Legislative Failure Shows There Is No Escaping Staid Rules of Capitol Hill“.  I added the emphasis that I believe most readers would agree is entirely sensationalized opinion.

“Ensnared” not only suggests that President Trump is trapped by the actions that unfolded, but trapped with a noose-like wire around his neck.  The suggested “fiery civil war” is nothing more than some conservatives wanting to be more aggressive in the process of “repealing and replacing” Obamacare than the slower three phase approach presented by Speaker Ryan.  The withdrawal of the bill was not a complete “failure” as the paper suggests – Republicans will be back (possibly with Democrats begging Republicans to help fix the imploding disaster called Obamacare).

Finally, the headline suggests that conservatives were trying to go outside the “respectable” rules in Washington.  That’s called politics as usual.  Did Democrats use respectable rules and actions in passing Obamacare?  To find the answer just google “Obamacare” and “U-Conn”, “Louisiana Purchase”, “Corn-Husking”, and “Gator-Aide.”  These were arm-twisting promises and actions taken by Democrat leaders to secure the votes of Senators from Connecticut, Louisiana, Nebraska, and Florida.

Readers of the Wall Street Journal, on the other hand, found better journalism in its headlines on the subject.  The WSJ headline was, “Divided GOP Drops Health Bill” with the following subtitle, “House leadership pull’s party’s long-promised measure in a setback for president, speaker“.  The adjectives and verbs used by the WSJ are more journalistically responsible.  Is the GOP divided? Yes.  Have Republicans promised to repeal and replace Obamacare? Yes.  Was pulling the bill a setback? Yes.

Please note that I am free to conservatively slant what I say because I don’t claim to be a journalist. Like other bloggers, my posts are my opinion.

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