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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

A Review of Three Writings in The New York Times in Advance of the January 6, 2021 Occurrence at the Capitol to Illustrate How the Times Never Lets a Contrived Crisis Go to Waste

July 19, 2021 --

The Republican House leadership:   Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, and Elise Stefanik would be well advised to call attention to three anti-Trump, anti-Republican writings that appeared in The New York Times on January 5 and January 6, 2021, prior to the Capitol disturbance the afternoon of January 6, 2021.   

The three writings at issue are linked to  this  American Thinker article. They are important to understanding how The New York Times contrived a crisis out of the  Capitol disturbance, January 6, 2021. 

This writer believes that  a careful reading of these writings will show, in the 24 hours or so prior to the Trump rally in Washington, on January 6, 2021, that The New York Times artfully and maliciously prepared readers to agree that the Republican party was planning a coup to keep in office the "most lawless"  president in U.S. history.

That assertion is the height of false journalism, of Pravda-type journalism, but, alas, this is the sort of journalism practiced by most of America's media, these days, led by The (egregious) New York Times  and The (execrable) Washington Post.

The invidious nature of Paul Krugman's January 5, 2021 editorial essay, " How the Republican Party Went Feral";  Thomas L. Friedman's January 6, 2021 column "Never Forget Republicans Plotted a Coup,"  and the January 6, 2021 editorial "The President vs. American Democracy," point, arguably, to a Times propaganda effort in advance of the January 6 electoral vote-counting in Congress, and also of the Trump Washington rally, the same afternoon -- a propaganda effort reaching out for an excuse to further promote the left's Big Lie that President Trump was leading a coup against the federal government and, thus, was an immediate threat to American democracy.   

The writings of Krugman, Friedman and the Times editorial board, January 5 and 6, 2021 are so vicious that nothing said after the January 6 disturbance at the Capitol can go beyond the hyperventilated falsehoods spewed by Krugman,  Friedman, and the Times editorial board ahead of that disturbance.

Here, to start with, is a taste of Krugman's anti-Trump and anti-Republican venom:

There have always been people like Donald Trump: self-centered, self-aggrandizing, believing that the rules only apply to the little people and that what happens to the little people doesn't matter. 

[Note: A fine example of a leftist projecting his mindset onto others.]

The modern G.O.P., however, isn't like anything we've seen before, at least in American history. 

If there's anyone who wasn't already persuaded that one of our two major political parties has become an enemy, not just of democracy, but of truth, events since the election should have ended their doubts.


Bear in mind, the foregoing was written prior to the disturbance at the Capitol on January 6.

Krugman ended his guest editorial in these words: "[U]nless something happens to break the grip of anti-democratic, anti-truth forces on the G.O.P, one day they will succeed in killing the American experiment."   

And, voila, within 24 hours after Krugman's propaganda spiel hit newsstands, leftists were piously proclaiming that a disturbance at the Capitol was an insurrection, sedition, an act to kill democracy as we know it.

Now for a bit of anti-Trump/anti-Republican propaganda from Thomas L. Friedman in his column that hit the newsstands the day of the occurrence at the Capitol, January 6, 2021:

Senators Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson...are ready to sacrifice their souls, the soul of their party and the soul of America... so that Donald Trump can remain president and one of these sleazebags can eventually replace him.

Friedman next contended that the "'philosophy' of these unprincipled Trump-cult Republicans is unmistakably clear: 'Democracy is fine for us as long as it is a mechanism for us to be in control. If we can't hold power, then to hell with rules and to hell with the system. Power doesn't flow from the will of the people--it flows from our will and our leader's will.'"

Behold a further example of a leftist projecting his mindset onto others. Two more paragraphs from this phony-baloney column are worth noting; they appeared one after another near the end of Friedman's wailing:

Shareholders of every major U.S. corporation should make sure that these companies' political action committees are barred from making campaign contributions to anyone who participates in Wednesday's coup attempt. [Italics added.]

At the same time, "'we the people' need fight the Trump cult's Big Lie with the Big Truth. I hope every news organization, and every citizen, refers to Hawley, Cruz, Johnson and their friends now and forever more as 'coup plotters.'"  

Again, this Pravda-type columnist raised the invidious notion of a coup by Republicans in advance of that occurrence at the Capitol on "Jan.6" as the leftist propagandists call it.

And now just one example of the hortatory tone of the editorial board on January 6, 2021, prior to the occurrence that afternoon at the Capitol:

Even though he has only two weeks left in office and the country's focus should be on stopping the Covid-19 pandemic,  there is a strong argument that Mr. Trump -- perhaps the most lawless and least qualified chief executive in the nation's history -- should be not only impeached for a second time but also convicted and disqualified from ever again holding office.


Lo and behold, a banner headline in the Times, January 7,  2021, proclaimed ''TRUMP INCITES MOB."  The propaganda piece accompanying the headline asserted in the lead paragraph that Congress affirmed Joe Biden's election "after a mob of loyalists urged on by President Trump stormed and occupied the Capitol, disrupting the final electoral count in a shocking display of violence that shook the core of American democracy."

And surprise, surprise, the Times editorial on the "storn[ing] and occup[ation] of the Capitol, January 6,  included this suggestion: "The president needs to be held accountable -- through impeachment proceedings or criminal prosecution -- and the same goes for his supporters who carried out the violence."  Don't say The New York Times ever let a contrived crisis go to waste.

And impeachments proceedings went ahead, for the second time against Mr. Trump, as special counsel proceedings took place the first two year of the Trump presidency.  Proceedings were aimed at Mr. Trump at the opening of his term -- and at the close of his term. Isn't it time to investigate the enemies of democracy who sought to undermine President Trump at the start and finish of his presidency?

And the left dares say that President Trump wanted to kill democracy in America?

This is to hope that Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise and Elise Stefanik do their duty to our constitutional system and oppose the Pelosi-driven "Jan. 6" hearings for the travesty to the truth they are.

And this trio of American patriots must explain to America that the attempt to unseat President Trump, even in the waning days of his administration, clearly followed a script, a script made clear in the January 5 and 6, 2021 writings in The New York Times by Krugman, Friedman and the Times editorial board -- all beholden to the totalitarian mindset of the Democrats, in league with their deep state paymasters.