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LPR Calls for a Study on the Curious Practice of Imagined Political Journalism


September 5, 2017 --

The lead editorial in The New York Times, November 6, 2016 – two days before Election Day – was titled “Imagining the Country on Nov. 9.”

The editorial imagined that, if elected, Donald J. Trump would be “an ignorant and reckless tyrant….” The New York Times, however, as the nation moves into the eighth month of the Trump presidency has not been shut down by a tyrant in the White House, nor has any media outlet been closed down on orders of a tyrannical Trump. Reports in The Wall Street Journal mention continued IRS harassment of conservative groups, and leftist violence against conservative groups.

There is also a report about a 6 a.m. F.B.I. raid on the home of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

To the knowledge of LPR, none of these events have drawn criticism from the media at large – certainly not from The New York Times, which uses its lurid political imagination, not objective reporting, to present two main political themes: President Trump is sympathetic to nasty groups on the right and his presidency will split the Republican Party, leading to disaster for the GOP in the 2018 congressional elections.

At least as early as March 1, 2016 – five and a half months before Charlottesville -- The New York Times imagined that a certain bond may exist between Donald J. Trump and “white supremacists.”

An article by Jonathan Mahler carried this headline: “Trump’s Message Resonates With White Supremacists.” Highlighted amid the text was this assertion: “Intentionally or not, a candidate mobilizes a group that normally stays out of politics.”

By the time of the November 6, 2016 editorial, the Times extended to “the Republican establishment” its imagination that this establishment moved “in lock step now with [among others] the alt-right, the Ku Klux Klan, the racists and misogynists and nut jobs….” Media coverage of the events in Charlottesville, led by The New York Times, are, therefore consistent with the imaginary narrative that the management of The New York Times months ago determined, LPR believes, harp on – Big Lie-style – to terminate the Trump presidency. Why?

In Frank Capra’s “Meet John Doe,” Doe, in a nationwide radio talk, delivers a populist statement that includes this comment: “And when a copy yells: ‘Stand back there, you!’ He means us, the John Does.”

When a snooty columnist like David Brooks writes about feeling uncomfortable with people, “ He means us, the John Does.” To put it this way, you are not likely to find the people demonizing President Trump being ordered; “Stand back there, you!”

Yet they, LPR strongly believes, are precisely the people Madison had in mind when he warned us about those seeking the “ambitious sacrifice of the many to the aggrandizement of the few.”

Yes, LPR has a hunch that the major source of political hatred, today, comes from the insiders who hate the thought that their privileged access to wealth and power might be under challenge via a Trump presidency. Consider the following from The New York Times, January 10, 2016: “Rank-and-file conservatives after decades of deferring to party elites are trying to stage what is effectively a people’s coup by selecting a standard-bearer who is nt the preferred candidate of wealthy donors and elected officials.”

What is The New York Time saying -- that the proper role of ordinary people in a constitutional republic is to defer to a candidate chosen by insiders – and live on the few crumbs distributed to them?

LPR believes a study should be made of Trump coverage by The New York Times from the announcement of his presidential candidacy, through the election and on past the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017.

This study should take note of the number of editorials published on Trump by the Times, the regular op-ed columns on Trump, columns on Trump by outsiders. The study should also analyze the pattern, if any, suggested from the letters to the editor published in the Times on Trump.

The study should estimate the cost to the Times of publishing these editorials, columns and letter. The study should conclude with an assessment as to whether the imaginary journalism practiced at The New York Times is consistent with the spirit of the free and honest flow of information in a nation founded on the principle of a free and vigorous press.

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Interesting coincidences?

September 5, 2017 --

On “hostile takeover”

Historian Richard Norton Smith was quoted in The New York Times, January 10, 2016 as saying that “a nomination of Mr. Trump would represent ‘a hostile takeover’ of the Republican party….”

The lead story in The New York Times, May 8, 2016, reported that Donald J. Trump and his supporters “completed what had seemed unimaginable: a hostile takeover of one of America’s two major political parties.” Both articles were written by Patrick Healey and Jonathan Martin.

On a “death spiral”

Healy and Martin, in their New York Times January 10, 2016 article, quoted South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham as saying that the Republican party was “in a ‘demographic death spiral’ if it did not attract Hispanic and young voters.

Martin wrote the lead Times story, August 19, 2016, which quoted this from Sen. Graham: “’People are getting pretty nervous about our candidates [cq] because he’s in a death spiral here and nobody knows where to bottom is at’….”


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Crossing a constitutional line?

September 5, 2017 --

The following is from a USA Today August 17 story by William Cummings:

The heads of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard all spoke out on social media against hatred and intolerance after the violent white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday that left one woman dead. 

The statements stand out because U.S. military leaders usually avoid commenting on political or national events. 

LPR has a hunch that if military chiefs commented “on political or national events” before November 8, 2016, members of the president’s party would have been outraged and the media would have demanded their immediate dismissal.


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Cloudy Crystal Balls

September 5, 2017 --

The Stock Market -- or don’t dare vote for Trump

Neil Irwin, in The New York Times, November 8, 2016 reported the prediction of Justin Wolfers and Eric Zitzewitz that “major stock markets” would drop “10 to 15 percent” if Donald J. Trump were elected president.

“Citigroup analysts” predicted a Trump “drop of 3 to 5 percent,” and Evergreen ISI expected a Trump “drop of 5 to 6 percent in stocks….”

The Hispanic Vote – or more imagined journalism at The New York Times

Nate Cohn in The New York Times, November 8, 2016 declared: “This year, Hispanic voters, perhaps motivated by Donald J. Trump’s policy proposals (including deportation) and harsh language aimed at undocumented Hispanic immigrants, really might decide this election.


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The John Batchelor Show and other matters

September 5, 2017 --

The John Batchelor Show is broadcast Monday through Friday, 9 p/m/ to 1. a.m. (WABC radio, in the New York City metropolitan area.)

This program is about as informative a show as one can find in media land. Politics, economics, book reviews, space, international affairs.

LPR was very interested to hear Mr. Batchelor, in a brief chat with ex-Trump aide Dr. Sebastian Gorka, August 289, use the term “radical Islamic terrorism,” a term that is apparently again in disfavor in this administration – if not with the president, certainly among his senior advisors – and LPR must offer this grim bit of speculation: are they advisers – or minders? That is to say, is the populist revolution the Trump victory actually represented suddenly on the ropes, hammered by a media-intelligence onslaught for the purpose of maintaining rule by the powerful on the backs of the many.

The John Batchelor Show is unique among media programming in that Mr. Batchelor’s audience is permitted to hear views that apparently are barred consequent to the Iron Curtain on information erected between the people and the media in a desperate Deep State attempt to keep us John Does ignorant. LPR cites the regular Tuesday night – 9pm to 10 pm – of Prof. Stephen F. Cohen, discussing Russia, as one good example of the show’s willingness to breach the information Iron Curtain. You sure won’t find Cohen’s insightful observation in The New York Times, or on the networks or cable programs.

And the observations of Salena Zito on the mood of the country’s John and Jane Does are most informative – based on actuality not invidious imaginings.

Batchelor, August 28, referred to Dr. Gorka as “colleague,” and LPR wonders if the former deputy assistant to President Trump is to be a Batchelor show regular.

(Actually, while he was a deputy assistant to the president , Dr. Gorka made not infrequent appearances on the show.)

LPR will note that Dr. Gorka, like the president, has come under vicious, unfair attack that reflects poorly on the hate-spewing critics– in both cases.

And it seems quite logical to LPR that if Dt. Gorka, by means of the good work of John Batchelor, is to have a forum to reach the American people, why not have the president chat with John on the John Batchelor Show, from time to time? Might prove an improvement over tweets.


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John le Carre Shoulda Said It Ain’t So

September 5, 2017 --

The major article in The New York Times Book Review, August 28, by Sarah Lyall, did not review a book, but related the conversation that Ms. Lyall had with John le Carre (real name David Cornwell) and author Ben Macintyre, at lunch “in a private dining room at a boutique hotel in Bristol.” le Carre’s “A Legacy of Spies,“ is to be published this month.

Lyall calls it “a coda of sorts to ‘The Spy Who Came In From the Cold,’” le Carre’s third novel, published in 1963.

Lyall asked about “President Trump’s view of the truth.” LPR reqrets that le Carre did not seize the chance to point to Russia-gate as a scheme to frame President Trump, just as the earlier le Carre novel used Alec Leamas not to get revenge on a hated East German intelligence figure, but to protect him from disclosure at the hands of his East German rival.

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