[1/9/17] In two op-ed articles for the New York Times‘ Sunday Review, the Gray Lady attacks Breitbart News and its founder, Andrew Breitbart, and encourages an effort to “destroy” the company by appealing directly to advertisers not to support the website.
One article, “How to Destroy the Business Model of Breitbart and Fake News,” written by someone actually called “Pagan Kennedy” (was “Antichrist Roosevelt” not available?) celebrates the flagging effort of anonymous Twitter trolls who have tried to target and intimidate companies whose ads appear alongside Breitbart News articles, via third party platforms.
These would-be censors of the totalitarian left have decided that since they cannot defeat conservative views and arguments on the merits, they would prefer to eliminate them.
The Times, which prides itself as a guardian of free speech and press freedom, gives its backing to this (unsuccessful) campaign with nearly 2,000 words of space. The article includes instructions on how to join the anti-Breitbart effort, copied verbatim — “Step 1… Step 2…” — from the anonymous activists’ Twitter page.
And Breitbart News, the “biggest fish,” is not the last intended target: the group declares that it “would like to broaden its campaign to take on a menagerie of bad actors.”
Evidently it is very important to the Times that this failing, and anti-democratic, effort to censor Breitbart News be shored up, because it has allowed several embarrassing factual errors and omissions into the article which undermine both the credibility of the “Pagan” author and the so-called “paper of record” itself:
- “Donald J. Trump … has hired the former editor of Breitbart as his senior adviser.” Stephen K. Bannon is not a former editor. He has been the company’s Executive Chairman. (A simple Google search would have sufficed to check.)
- “Neo-Nazi.” The Times uses this term twice, without offering any proof (there is none) that Breitbart News qualifies. In fact, Breitbart News has a Jerusalem bureau and is one of the most avidly pro-Israel websites in the United States.
- “This struggle is about much more than ads on Breitbart News — it’s about using corporations as shields to protect vulnerable people from bullying and hate crimes.” The implication is that Breitbart News is responsible for “bullying and hate crimes.” There is not one example to prove this defamatory, and inflammatory, accusation.
- “I couldn’t believe that these progressive companies were paying Breitbart News.” None of the companies are paying Breitbart News. The article misstates how Internet advertising works — and the Times apparently approves.
- “In November, NPR reporters interviewed Jestin Coler about his fake-news empire.” The Times includes a story about an actual fake news website without revealing Coler is a left-wing activist who wants to embarrass conservatives.
Speaking of “fake news,” the New York Times is a prime exemplar of the genre, having manufactured several stories with the clear intent of attacking and undermining conservatives, including but not limited to Breitbart News.