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We need Joe The Plumber February 17, 2010

Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
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UPDATE: Yesterday The New York Times ran this story. It had been foreshadowed by the piece I excoriated below. If they had the goods to write a legitimate investigative article with proper attribution and sourcing, something the original article lacked, why would they preemptively publish something any decent journalism teacher would dismiss as an ‘F’? Regardless, there seems to be a story here and The Times has uncovered a legitimate problem for the Governor of New York and his aide.


It seems lately I’m starting my day off with a newspaper article that just gets my blood boiling. This morning’s A-1 story in The New York Times on New York Governor David Patterson’s longtime aid and his ‘striking ascent’ within the administration is nothing but a political hatchet job. ‘David W. Johnson has worked for Gov. David A. Paterson most of his adult life. He began as a young, ambitious intern from Harlem when Mr. Paterson was a state legislator. He rose to be Mr. Paterson’s driver, serving as a kind of protector and scheduler.’ ‘In recent months, however, Mr. Johnson’s ascent has been striking: he is now one of the most senior people in the governor’s administration, paid $132,000.’

Authors Danny Hakim and William Rashbaum along with three other contributors attempt to lather us up with nothing more than old police records of youthful mistakes and anonymous attributions of possible domestic violence charges as an adult.

‘A review of Mr. Johnson’s rise and his history, undertaken after he emerged as perhaps the man closest to the state’s chief executive, shows that he was twice arrested on felony drug charges as a teenager, including a charge of selling cocaine to an undercover officer in Harlem.’

‘The woman involved, who insisted on anonymity, said in a recent interview that Mr. Johnson had gotten violent with her in the episode. She said she did not file a formal report, but said she had filed an earlier domestic violence complaint to the police about Mr. Johnson. She declined to offer evidence of that.’

This ends up being the entire basis for a story, which, on its face, is not worth the time and expense to create. It is just part of the process by which The New York Times operates. A quick read of the comments about the story proves my point. The majority of comments reflect the understanding that this story is a waste of time, a non-story hardly worthy of a front-page splash let alone five authors contributing to it.

Sprinkled in among the enlightened comments are a few from those who the Times is really writing for—with one comment summing up exactly what the Times seeks to achieve when it writes articles likes this.

‘The continuous drip, drip, drip, stories concerning this New York governor just sort of make one wonder. Is this guy running a state or a gang outfit in Compton? Drugs, domestic violence, arrest warrants, felonies, altercations at offices….He will get no sympathy votes for his “blindness” after this.’ Km – Massachusetts

What Km from Massachusetts fails to realize is they are being played by the Times’ leaky faucet. The constant drip of articles like this eventually has the same effect as Chinese Water Torture—forcing the recipient into a submissive brainwashing.

When a publication as important (in its own mind) as the Times is, continuously publishes stories based on innuendo, supported by ho-hum facts and anonymous hearsay, they reveal the pitiful state of Liberal bias in journalism today.

Something stinks

Still not suitable for wrapping fish.



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