The once venerable New York Times hasn’t been in dancing mode for some time as subscriptions have slumped and layoffs have caused its staff to dwindle to anorexic proportions.* Still, it put on its fanciest dancing shoes to take a spin around the facts in a convoluted article that jumbled together a mish-mash of reports out of Arizona.
In Talk of Bipartisan Progress Fading in Arizona, three reporters in three different cities, worked up a lather in a disjointed marathon that began with the Tucson shooting and ended up with those wretched Tea Partiers calling for Pima County Sheriff Dupnik’s ouster for his bizarre and case-compromising statements following the carnage that left dead and wounded in its wake.
From there, the trio of reporters move into lengthy tango steps, beginning with the left’s favorite word “controversial” when placed before any legislation they find distasteful — such as addressing birthright citizenship, or requiring verification of citizenship of presidential candidates on the Arizona ballot. No doubt they didn’t care too much for SB 1070, which is strongly supported by the majority of Arizonans and is being emulated in legislatures across the nation.
They take a swing around the dance floor in an amague with last fall’s losing candidate for state treasurer, Andrei Cherny, now given the consolation prize of Democrat Party chairman. Cherny refers to the birthright citizenship bill as “a direct assault on the very idea of America.” And state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a former Green Party candidate who has had more success as a Democrat, and always ready to pucker up to the microphone, tosses in a quote or two.
But it was the deep dip gancho at the conclusion of the dance that tells any Arizonan reading this bunk that the NYT is clearly out of its league as they take on the zany Anthony Miller scenario. Seeing Red AZ readers will recall that McCain operative Miller got crossways with conservative members of legislative district 20, culminating in his resignation as chairman. The secretary and communications director followed him out the door. Miller turned the political differences into a racial battle, and in a clear reference to the attempted murder of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, said he wasn’t going to take a bullet for anyone, though no threat was ever made. Turning the situation on its head gave him his 15 minutes of fame, which the Times is working to resuscitate for an additional 12 seconds.
The Times should write about issues closer to home such as corrupt unions, their own sordid politicians and dishonest Imams forcing their offensive mosque within blocks of ground zero. Short of that we invite the Times staffers to check in with editorialist Doug MacEachern whose Quick Hit in the Republic coincided with their theme of civility. In a few dozen words he did a far better job than the Gray Lady did using nearly a thousand.
*Last year, by the newspaper‘s own assessment, “circulation at The New York Times dropped 5.2 percent on Sunday, to 1.4 million copies, and 8.5 percent on weekdays, to 950,000.”