Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Fish Wrap of Record is an Insult to Fish

In case there are any lingerers out there who still doubt any bias of The New York Times, today's editorial ought to seal the deal for you.  Entitled "Pomp, and Little Circumstance," the editors waste no time in blasting away at Republicans and calling the introduction of the move to repeal Obamacare, the introduction of new Rules, the swearing in itself, and the reading of the Constitution "unusual pomposity":

Those who had hoped to see a glimpse of the much-advertised Republican plan to revive the economy and put Americans back to work will have to wait at least until party leaders finish their Beltway insider ritual of self-glorification. Then, they may find time for governing.

The empty gestures are officially intended to set a new tone in Washington, to demonstrate — presumably to the Republicans’ Tea Party supporters — that things are about to be done very differently. But it is far from clear what message is being sent by, for instance, reading aloud the nation’s foundational document. Is this group of Republicans really trying to suggest that they care more deeply about the Constitution than anyone else and will follow it more closely? 

I'm guessing that's a rhetorical question?

And it took only four paragraphs to get to the race card:

In any case, it is a presumptuous and self-righteous act, suggesting that they alone understand the true meaning of a text that the founders wisely left open to generations of reinterpretation. Certainly the Republican leadership is not trying to suggest that African-Americans still be counted as three-fifths of a person. 

Of course, requiring constitutional basis for legislation is now "vacuous."  

Now, sit down and hold on to your hats here, because this is especially rich after the kabuki theater of the Democrats we've endured the past few years:

The Republicans’ antics are a ghastly waste of time at a moment when the nation is expecting real leadership from Congress, and suggest that the new House leadership is still unable to make tough choices. Voters, no less than drama critics, prefer substance to overblown theatrics.

Fish wrap, indeed!  I wouldn't insult my fish!


Charlene said...

I read the New York Times every morning. In fact I had always wanted to subscribe and this past August, I stopped taking all magazines and a couple of local papers to put the money to the daily NY Times.

I also take the daily Courier-Journal, the daily for Louisville KY. That is another paper that tells it like it is.

Opinions in the newspaper are just that, opinions; as are your blog posts.

Andy said...

Ummm, Pat, I think you got a typo in that title.

Sure you didn't mean "Fish crap?"

And, Charlene just might be the salvation of the NYT. She's definitely bucking the trend...

Fenway_Nation said...

Is Charlene going to get herself 10,000 subscriptions to help prop up the NYT, Andy?

Andy said...

Fenway_Nation, I don't think 10 large will do it.

I'm thinking they're gonna need a taxpayer bailout to keep killing trees.