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Zach Goldberg has been tweeting out a number of trend charts of media pushing over time various woke hobbyhorses. Unfortunately, it took him awhile to refine his methodology, so this is his best one yet. Here he is looking just at how many articles appeared in the New York Times in a year that mentioned the word “racism.” One peak was around 1990, which I remember well, and then the second is in this decade.

The recent low point was 2011 with only 291 articles about racism. And then growth accelerated through 2017, with growth slowing in 2018, the last dot. By 2018, there were 2,353 articles about racism.

One problem is he doesn’t have a count of the total number of articles in the New York Times each year.

Update: Here is Goldberg’s new graph as percentage of New York Times’ articles featuring word “racism:”

Something to keep in mind is that the NYT figured out a while ago that it could cheaply generate a lot of clickbait content without sending out expensive foreign correspondents to Rangoon or wherever. Instead, it could just pay its intersectional interns to generate cheap content in genres that they would obsess over for free anyway, like “The White Patriarchy Is Trying to Erase My Hair.”

 
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  1. God Bless You Steve but no one believes any more that the NYT is a legitimate news source but only a Democrat Party house organ. They’re hiring of renowned racist Sarah Jeong confirmed that news is secondary, leftist propaganda is their raison d’etre.

    • Replies: @Hail

    renowned racist Sarah Jeong
     
    Recently retired from her overtly anti-White Tweet-crusade -- perhaps asked nicely by her editor, or (((editor))), at the New York Times -- she is now more subtle, but likely isn't fooling anyone:

    sarah jeong Retweeted

    @MoiraDonegan
    May 27

    Periodic reminder that housework, childcare, and elder care are work, even when they’re done for free. Women don’t perform these tasks out of love or some mystical, natural compulsion. We do them because they need to be done, and we’re the ones who get punished if they’re not.
     

    sarah jeong Retweeted

    Andy Campbell [Verified account]
    @AndyBCampbell
    May 22

    EXCLUSIVE: The Proud Boys extremist gang says it’s a “drinking club,” and sues those who suggest otherwise.

    Leaked private chat logs reveal they spend months plotting violence for rallies. Weapons, cops, tactics, optics -- their attacks are planned.
     
    , @jon

    no one believes any more that the NYT is a legitimate news source but only a Democrat Party house organ
     
    If you really want to feel like you landed in Bizarro World, go read what some of the left-leaning blogs have to say about the NYT (or what they usually call the FTFNYT). It's straight-up apologist propaganda for the Republicans as far as they are concerned.
    , @Massimo Heitor

    no one believes any more that the NYT is a legitimate news source but only a Democrat Party house organ.
     
    I don't think so.

    The more casual audiences that aren't news junkies are more influenced by propaganda from outlets like the NYT. The NYT has great influence. There is a heightened understanding that news such as the NYT is often deliberately biased. And less people would seriously or believably claim the NYT to be some objective authority.

    Also, remember there were loud voices criticizing the NYT for decades. The book "Coloring the News" in 2001 springs to mind, but the mainstream perception of biased news didn't take off for another decade or so.

    This is my own casual intuition, of course, not something backed by a proper study.
    , @Prester John
    The NYT always was a demokrat party newsletter but...at least they could claim first rate reporters like David Halberstam, Tad Szulc etal. and op ed types like Scottie Reston. With the rapid demise of print media in general, whatever quality the Times had has gone south and down the tubes. Hence we get the likes of that Jeong woman and the insipid Mo Dowd.
    , @Corvinus
    God Bless You Steve but no one believes any more that the NYT is a legitimate news source but only a Democrat Party house organ."

    Of course the New York Times is a legitimate news source. You just simply hear what you want to hear and seek any information that conforms to your world view. The reality is that the media, right and left, report facts. It is up to the reader/viewer to find multiple, competing sources, figure out what is accurate and inaccurate, and then make an informed judgement. To automatically disqualify the media, i.e. labeling it as Fake News, is foolish regardless of one's ideological bent.

    "They’re hiring of renowned racist Sarah Jeong confirmed that news is secondary, leftist propaganda is their raison d’etre."

    No, it just confirms they have extremists, just like Fox News and Clear Channel, on the payroll. Do normies even know who is she and what she stands for?
    , @dfordoom

    confirmed that news is secondary, leftist propaganda is their raison d’etre.
     
    Propaganda has always been the principal function of newspapers. There never was a golden age of unbiased newspapers.
  2. By 2018, there were 2,353 articles about racism.

    So far, the number of NYT articles about racism remains smaller than the total number of NYT articles on all topics. However, one hesitates to extrapolate…

    • LOL: Kylie
    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    This one doesn't hesitate

    Up by a factor of five in seven years=
    10% in 2025
    50% in 2032
    250% in 2039

    Some time 2034 reaches saturation point.

    And that's taking the conservation position that the rate of increase becomes constant instead of continuing to accelerate.

  3. to Rangoon or wherever.

    Sad to say, Rangoon is no more.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    Once upon a time, Rangoon was the capitol of the Socialist Republic of Burma.

    Rangoon is no longer Rangoon.
    That city is no longer the capitol.
    Burma is no longer Burma.
    They even changed the flag.
    , @Chrisnonymous
    Yes, but if you go to the national museum in Yangon, you can see the old throne, which has a big sign on it, proudly declaring that it was returned by British general so-and-so, so you can see the extent to which the colonial identity has/hasn't been purged.
    , @Anonymous
    After 40 years of wage-undercutting immigration and offshoring, many American cities are barely there, the middle class portion of them, anyway, so there’s no need to send American reporters to Rangoon to find topics worthy of covering. This proves exactly what I‘ve noticed, not just with NYT.

    That First Great Awokening occurred about the time when Jesse Jackson ran for POTUS, and Al Sharption launched his hate-hoax crusade by persuading Twana Bradley, a 15-year-old girl, to accuse white men of gang rape. The Reverend Billy Clinton also used racial justice themes, calculatingly bringing back a simmering racial rage that I don’t remember, growing up in the South in the Eighties.

    Bill & Al did well for themselves with that race hustle, as NAFTA and global offshoring strip-mined the US middle class. Newspeople are surviving on the merchandising of impulse-buy articles at the expense of their credibility.
    , @reactionry
    The West Is Done
    It Can Not Hide
    It Can Not Run
    From Genocide

    Burma Shave
    , @reactionry
    Whatever Floats Your Flotilla
    Or: Once A "Cleaner, Greener" Sh*thole?

    Now is now an' then was then
    When East met West
    An' "worst" like "best"
    Back to Burma? Ne'er agin!

    http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/poems_mandalay.htm

  4. Hail says: • Website

    The recent low point was 2011 with only 291 articles about racism

    It’s probably important to note that we don’t know if those articles were “about” racism, only that the text string ‘r-a-c-i-s-m’ gets (at least one) hit in those articles.

    A hit could mean it is, in fact, the topic of the article, or it could be a series of cases with one single use buried way at the bottom of 2,000-word articles on golf course architecture or other innocuous subjects.

    Put another way:

    A qualitative analysis would verify or refute the apparent quantitative pattern(s).

    • Replies: @Hail
    Here is an independent check (call it QC) of this data, using site:google.com and restricting the search to fixed date ranges. Not a perfect methodology, but advantages are: (is reproducible by anyone with access to Google (sorry, Godfree Roberts and others in China) and allows for a qualitative analysis.

    "Racism" hits in New York Times
    - 1.1.2011 to 1.10.2011: 12 total article hits, of which 5 articles have at least one hit for 'racism' in article main text and the other 7 are in comment sections
    - 1.1.2018 to 1.10.2018: 26 total article hits, of which 14 articles have at least one hit for 'racism' in article main text and the other 12 are in comment sections, links to other stories, alternate story titles, or other.

    This tripling of main-text hits (5 to 14) for a ten-day period separated by seven years, bears out an up-trend, but decidedly not on the scale of the 8x increase suggested by the Zach Goldberg-compiled data.

    One immediate finding: There are many appearances of the term in comment-sections and in embedded tweets. These could be seen as the Tail Wagging the Dog. Other hits for "racism" are in embedded links to other stories, or in alternate story titles that were later revised. Should these sorts of hits count as article hits, or not? A methodological dilemma.

    _________________________

    Here is the qualitative part of the above:

    It looks like the hits in 2011 are often on the frivolous side, two about Huckleberry Finn, one what appears to be actual news-reporting ("Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined") and not a lecture dressed up as news; IOW, reporting what counter-protesters said rather than sneeringly inserting the accusation into the main text and fluffing it up to article-length.

    Top eight 'racism' hits in the first ten days of January 2011:

    'Huckleberry Finn' Offers a Teachable Moment

    Jan 6, 2011 - Censoring a word fails to address deeper problems with racism in our society. "Huckleberry Finn" is a classic that can provide a kind of “teachable moment” for ...
     

    The Words of Pap Finn's Rant

    Jan 6, 2011 - To understand how racism works in America it is necessary to understand how this word has been used to inflict pain on black people, challenge their humanity, ...
     

    Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined

    Jan 5, 2011 - ... National Press Club, was interrupted four times by protesters who stood one by one to brandish posters and accuse the lawmakers of intolerance and racism.
     

    With the P.K.K. in Iraq's Qandil Mountains

    Jan 5, 2011 - Shiho Fukada for The New York Times Big Brother: Painted on flat stones laid on a hillside, one of many portraits of the P.K.K. founder Abdullah Ocalan stares ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter Merkil, a critic of the PKK, writes: "...[dealing with the PKK] is seen as racism and "completely criminalizing all political activity" from your ivory towers...")
     

    A Language Barrier: Kurdish? Arabic? English?

    Jan 6, 2011 - As the first in a series of posts explores, a language barrier is emerging in the Kurdistan region north of Iraq. It divides the country not only linguistically, but also ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter FreeKurdistan writes: "Did anyone else noticed that the article was written by an Arab? Does anyone else see the very subtle hints of racism? Only a Kurd would notice such things, since we have been oppressed for so long.")
     

    Japan Curbs Hiring Foreigners Even as Labor Shortage Looms

    Jan 2, 2011 - Immigration provides one remedy to Japan's lethargic economy, but Tokyo is resisting accepting young workers.

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter World Citizen writes: "I suggest that the xenophobes who say that Japanese should preserve their "pure" identity at all costs (even their own extinction) and that their racism is kind of harmless after all, should watch the movie "City of Life and Death" about the Nanking massacre...")
     

    Should the Racial Epithets Be Removed From 'Huck Finn'?

    Jan 6, 2011 - However, it also enabled us to open up the discussion on racism, and allowed them to understand how much America has progressed since the 1930s.
     

    First South Carolina. Then New York?

    Jan 6, 2011 - In the wake of South Carolina's vote to secession in late December 1860, Americans both North and South anxiously wondered which state would be next to ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter J.D. Crutchfield writes: "The gentleman is correct about the racism of the Northern farmers..."; commenter gotnotruck writes: "I'd never seen racism until I went to Boston...")
     
    Top eight 'racism' hits in the first ten days of January 2018:

    Death Penalty Case Heard by Racist Juror Is Reopened by Supreme

    Jan 8, 2018 - WASHINGTON — Saying that a capital trial in Georgia may have been marred by a juror's racism, the Supreme Court on Monday gave a death row inmate there ...
     

    H&M Apologizes for 'Monkey' Image Featuring Black Child

    Jan 8, 2018 - Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Oct. 8, 2017. Image. Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Subscribe to With Interest. Catch up and prep for the week ...

    (Note: It appears 'racism' does not appear in the main text here, but in a link to a previous NYT story ["Dove Drops Ad Accused of Racism"].)
     

    Daniel Kaluuya Isn't Waiting for Your Approval

    Jan 4, 2018 - The breakout star of “Get Out” says he can relate to his character: “Being young, working class and black, everything you do is policed.” Daniel Kaluuya in ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter City Lady writes: "We all get that there’s a lot of racism in the US and didn’t need this movie to illustrate it.")
     

    Sam Rockwell's Golden Globes Win Fuels a Debate

    Jan 7, 2018 - Sam Rockwell is the kind of actor for whom “supporting actor” categories were invented: a steady, colorful presence in acclaimed movies that are often ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article main text but does appear in the URL for the story; the closest the main text comes is: "Mr. Rockwell’s character is a police officer who, among other sins, is deeply racist."
     

    Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online

    Jan 4, 2018 - Is Japan the only country that doesn't know that Black Face is UNACCEPTABLE and RACIST #racism pic.twitter.com/zoSXded3N0. — MattyO (@labluejp) ...

    (Note: The term"racism" here appears to be from a verbatim republication of a tweet.)
     

    Vienna 'New Year's Baby' Greeted First With Hate, Then Hearts

    Jan 4, 2018 - 4, 2018 , on Page A4 of the New York edition with the headline: Vienna Welcomes 2018 Baby With Online Hate and Racism. Order Reprints | Today's Paper | ...

    (Note: This is about a Muslim refugee couple being one of the first babies born on Jan. 1, 2018. Main-text content includes: "But instead of good wishes from the citizens who read her birth announcement, splashed across Austrian newspapers on New Year’s Day, the little girl and her family were greeted with a wave of racism, disgust and hate.")
     

    Opinion | Faust on the Potomac

    Jan 5, 2018 - The cynical bargain I'm talking about, of course, was the decision to exploit racism to advance a right-wing economic agenda. Talk about welfare queens driving ...
     

    How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

    Jan 2, 2018 - The tragedy and senselessness of racism is felt throughout “Not Without Laughter,” and Hughes takes care to show how it manifests itself in ways small and ...
     
    , @Hail
    Below is an independent check (call it QC) of this data, using site:google.com and restricting the search to fixed date ranges. Not a perfect methodology, but two advantages are: (1) It is reproducible by anyone with access to Google (sorry, Godfree Roberts, and others in China); (2) allows for a qualitative analysis of article content, verifiable by anyone, to see what type of articles are getting the hits.

    "Racism" hits in New York Times:

    - Jan.1.2011 to Jan.10.2011: 12 total article hits, of which 5 articles have at least one hit for 'racism' in article main-text (the other 7 are in comment sections);

    - Jan.1.2018 to Jan.10.2018: 26 total article hits, of which 14 articles have at least one hit for 'racism' in article main-text (the other 12 are in comment sections, links to other stories, alternate story titles, from embedded Tweets, or other).

    This increase of main-text hits (5 to 14) for 2018 over the same ten-day period in 2011 does bear out an up-trend for "racism" appearances in NYT, but decidedly does not bear out a mushrooming on the scale of the 8x, as suggested by the Zach Goldberg-compiled data.

    A big methodological problem, or potential problem, is the many appearances of the term in comment-sections and in embedded tweets by "regular people." Comments and Tweets could be seen as the Tail Wagging the Dog. Other hits for "racism" are in embedded links to other stories, or cases in which the URL does not match the title for whatever reason. Should any or all of the above count as legitimate hits? A little methodological dilemma.

    _________________________

    On the qualitative side:

    It looks like the Jan. 2011 hits are often on the quaint side; several are about Huckleberry Finn. One from 2011 appears to be (surprisingly) actual news-reporting ("Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined"), not that kind of lecture-dressed-up-as-news we are now used to; IOW, the writer reported what counter-protesters to some newsworthy thing said, rather than sneeringly inserting the "racism" accusation into the main text and fluffing it up to article-length, as passes for much journalism by the late 2010s.

    The 2018 hits display a marked move downward in quality, into what would have been the purviews of tabloids and local TV news a generation ago: Racist juror in a trial discovered; Japanese using blackface; racist clothing ad; Internet commenters who criticized and/or trolled a Muslim refugee couple who had the first baby born in Austria in 2018.

    Tentative conclusion: It's not that the NYT is cranking up the megaphone to '11' and shouting "racism" at its audience in a fashion more-or-less explicitly meant to brainwash (to put it harshly, maybe). consciously meant to keep people on the reservation, a form of political control in our "media-run state" system (rather than a "state-run media"). (I like the term "regime media" to describe this it blunt terms.) It's easy to take away this conclusion. There is that, but some form of that has been a staple of the prestige media for decades, and the data is not suggestive of it having kicked 'bigly' into overdrive (8x!) in the 2010s.

    What has happened in the 2010s appears more to be a move towards lower quality journalism overall, horning-in on National Inquirer-like media territory and thereby cramming in words like "racism" more and more. To sell papers, or to get clicks in this case, sensationalist stories sell. The NYT only discredicts itself by doing this. (Would the "H&M Monkey T-Shirt Offends Blacks" story have been published by any NYT editor in up to the late 20th century?).

    __________________

    The top eight 'racism' hits in the first ten days of January 2011:


    'Huckleberry Finn' Offers a Teachable Moment

    Jan 6, 2011 - Censoring a word fails to address deeper problems with racism in our society. "Huckleberry Finn" is a classic that can provide a kind of “teachable moment” for ...
     


    The Words of Pap Finn's Rant

    Jan 6, 2011 - To understand how racism works in America it is necessary to understand how this word has been used to inflict pain on black people, challenge their humanity, ...
     


    Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined

    Jan 5, 2011 - ... National Press Club, was interrupted four times by protesters who stood one by one to brandish posters and accuse the lawmakers of intolerance and racism.
     


    With the P.K.K. in Iraq's Qandil Mountains

    Jan 5, 2011 - Shiho Fukada for The New York Times Big Brother: Painted on flat stones laid on a hillside, one of many portraits of the P.K.K. founder Abdullah Ocalan stares ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter Merkil, a critic of the PKK, writes: "...[dealing with the PKK] is seen as racism and "completely criminalizing all political activity" from your ivory towers...")
     


    A Language Barrier: Kurdish? Arabic? English?

    Jan 6, 2011 - As the first in a series of posts explores, a language barrier is emerging in the Kurdistan region north of Iraq. It divides the country not only linguistically, but also ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter FreeKurdistan writes: "Did anyone else noticed that the article was written by an Arab? Does anyone else see the very subtle hints of racism? Only a Kurd would notice such things, since we have been oppressed for so long.")
     


    Japan Curbs Hiring Foreigners Even as Labor Shortage Looms

    Jan 2, 2011 - Immigration provides one remedy to Japan's lethargic economy, but Tokyo is resisting accepting young workers.

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter World Citizen writes: "I suggest that the xenophobes who say that Japanese should preserve their "pure" identity at all costs (even their own extinction) and that their racism is kind of harmless after all, should watch the movie "City of Life and Death" about the Nanking massacre...")
     


    Should the Racial Epithets Be Removed From 'Huck Finn'?

    Jan 6, 2011 - However, it also enabled us to open up the discussion on racism, and allowed them to understand how much America has progressed since the 1930s.
     


    First South Carolina. Then New York?

    Jan 6, 2011 - In the wake of South Carolina's vote to secession in late December 1860, Americans both North and South anxiously wondered which state would be next to ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter J.D. Crutchfield writes: "The gentleman is correct about the racism of the Northern farmers..."; commenter gotnotruck writes: "I'd never seen racism until I went to Boston...")
     

    The top eight 'racism' hits in the first ten days of January 2018:

    Death Penalty Case Heard by Racist Juror Is Reopened by Supreme

    Jan 8, 2018 - WASHINGTON — Saying that a capital trial in Georgia may have been marred by a juror's racism, the Supreme Court on Monday gave a death row inmate there ...
     


    H&M Apologizes for 'Monkey' Image Featuring Black Child

    Jan 8, 2018 - Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Oct. 8, 2017. Image. Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Subscribe to With Interest. Catch up and prep for the week ...

    (Note: It appears 'racism' does not appear in the main text here, but in a link to a previous NYT story ["Dove Drops Ad Accused of Racism"].)
     


    Daniel Kaluuya Isn't Waiting for Your Approval

    Jan 4, 2018 - The breakout star of “Get Out” says he can relate to his character: “Being young, working class and black, everything you do is policed.” Daniel Kaluuya in ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter City Lady writes: "We all get that there’s a lot of racism in the US and didn’t need this movie to illustrate it.")
     


    Sam Rockwell's Golden Globes Win Fuels a Debate

    Jan 7, 2018 - Sam Rockwell is the kind of actor for whom “supporting actor” categories were invented: a steady, colorful presence in acclaimed movies that are often ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article main text but does appear in the URL for the story; the closest the main text comes is: "Mr. Rockwell’s character is a police officer who, among other sins, is deeply racist."
     


    Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online

    Jan 4, 2018 - Is Japan the only country that doesn't know that Black Face is UNACCEPTABLE and RACIST #racism pic.twitter.com/zoSXded3N0. — MattyO (@labluejp) ...

    (Note: The term"racism" here appears to be from a verbatim republication of a tweet.)
     


    Vienna 'New Year's Baby' Greeted First With Hate, Then Hearts

    Jan 4, 2018 - 4, 2018 , on Page A4 of the New York edition with the headline: Vienna Welcomes 2018 Baby With Online Hate and Racism. Order Reprints | Today's Paper | ...

    (Note: This is about a Muslim refugee couple being one of the first babies born on Jan. 1, 2018. Main-text content includes: "But instead of good wishes from the citizens who read her birth announcement, splashed across Austrian newspapers on New Year’s Day, the little girl and her family were greeted with a wave of racism, disgust and hate.")
     


    Opinion | Faust on the Potomac

    Jan 5, 2018 - The cynical bargain I'm talking about, of course, was the decision to exploit racism to advance a right-wing economic agenda. Talk about welfare queens driving ...
     


    How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

    Jan 2, 2018 - The tragedy and senselessness of racism is felt throughout “Not Without Laughter,” and Hughes takes care to show how it manifests itself in ways small and ...
     

    , @Hypnotoad666
    The terminology changes over time as well. For example, "white privilege" has largely displaced "racism" as the operative term of anti-white abuse starting in about 2014.

    "Racism" is now mostly paired with the terms "institutional" or "systemic," which refer to anything bad that happens to minorities -- and which must therefore be white people's fault -- because, after all, who else's fault could it be?
  5. Anon[483] • Disclaimer says:

    I’d like to see some clickbait along the lines of, Why must white people be forced to look at the esthetic disaster that is black hair?”

    That might rival posts like “Men prefer debt-free virgins without tattoos.”

    There should be a site for this kind of stuff along the lines of Everyday Feminism. Unlike The Onion you think, “I’m pretty sure these guys are serious. Well maybe not. No, they’re definitely serious. Probably.”

    To the extent that people think the stuff is serious, the more irate they get. If they think they’re being Elfwicked, they tend to ignore it.

    • Replies: @bolin
    look at worldstarhiphop.com lots of fun stuff :

    https://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh7JH52lr361CGVW3N

    or

    https://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh7JH52lr361CGVW3N

  6. @Reg Cæsar

    to Rangoon or wherever.
     
    Sad to say, Rangoon is no more.

    Once upon a time, Rangoon was the capitol of the Socialist Republic of Burma.

    Rangoon is no longer Rangoon.
    That city is no longer the capitol.
    Burma is no longer Burma.
    They even changed the flag.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Unfortunately for the Myanmartians, changing the flag, the name of the capital, and even the name of the country still don't change a shithole into a non-shithole.

    (I'm not trying to be all shitholier-than-thou, P.L., as I'm sure Madison has got its problems ...)
    , @Autochthon
    They've moved Beyond Rangoon....
  7. Racism is to the 21st century what Witchcraft was to the 17th.

    • Replies: @Jackmaninov
    Hear hear. Time to go long on flame retardant clothing.
    , @Digital Samizdat
    Citing the work of late anthropologist Henry Harpending, Steve Sailor once argued exactly that: http://www.unz.com/isteve/implicit-bias-and-african-witchcraft/
    , @bored identity
    Meanwhile , Memorial Day Weekend was widely celebrated in some places:



    42 People Shot In Chicago Over Memorial Day Weekend...

    As a response, the Mayor of Sanctuary Chiraq invokes Flood, which is just fancy code word for "Oklahoma Butchezs Are Here To Bust That Gentrification Cap In Your AssHood" :

    Lightfoot stressed that gun violence is not how residents should resolve disputes.

    For those who think it is, we can give them no quarter, they can have no sanctuary in our city," she said.

    "We've got to make sure we flood these areas with a lot more resources."


    https://www.zerohedge.com/s3/files/inline-images/2019-05-28_12-33-45.png?itok=JFuveCen

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-28/warzone-42-people-shot-chicago-over-memorial-day-weekend

     

    , @Charon
    A way of keeping Beckys in line, you mean?
    , @J.Ross
    Agree. NPR today had a piece on how racism "benefits" from ambiguity.
  8. @Reg Cæsar

    to Rangoon or wherever.
     
    Sad to say, Rangoon is no more.

    Yes, but if you go to the national museum in Yangon, you can see the old throne, which has a big sign on it, proudly declaring that it was returned by British general so-and-so, so you can see the extent to which the colonial identity has/hasn’t been purged.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    I guess they haven't caught up to the current craze of the West's Marxists of retconning the past.

    It's their country and they can call it what they will.
    As shall I.

    I'll be a long time dead before the krauts move from Germany to Deutschland.
  9. You may not be interested racism, but racism is interested in you.

  10. That dip from 2008 to 2012 suggests complicity on the Megaphone’s part in Obama’s apparent strategy of taking it easy in the first term and letting the racial demagogy rip in the second.

    • Agree: Malcolm X-Lax
  11. Another “great awokening”, retweeted by David Byrne, of all people:

    ᴄᴀꜱᴇʀꜱᴀᴛᴢ
    @casersatz Apr 25

    Joe Biden
    Joe Bide
    Joe Bid
    Joe Bi
    Joe B
    Jo
    J
    Je
    Jeb
    Jeb B
    Jeb Bu
    Jeb Bus
    Jeb Bush

    • LOL: jon
    • Replies: @Hail
    Poor quality word-play. "J"?
    , @Malcolm X-Lax
    I just texted my sister a few days ago that Trump's nickname for Biden should be, simply, "Jeb".
    , @bored identity
    Now, do the same thing twice more in the row and you 'll get that magic, three letter word acronym from which Coalition of the Fringes gets glued together.
  12. Hail says: • Website
    @Hail

    The recent low point was 2011 with only 291 articles about racism
     
    It's probably important to note that we don't know if those articles were "about" racism, only that the text string 'r-a-c-i-s-m' gets (at least one) hit in those articles.

    A hit could mean it is, in fact, the topic of the article, or it could be a series of cases with one single use buried way at the bottom of 2,000-word articles on golf course architecture or other innocuous subjects.

    Put another way:

    A qualitative analysis would verify or refute the apparent quantitative pattern(s).

    Here is an independent check (call it QC) of this data, using site:google.com and restricting the search to fixed date ranges. Not a perfect methodology, but advantages are: (is reproducible by anyone with access to Google (sorry, Godfree Roberts and others in China) and allows for a qualitative analysis.

    “Racism” hits in New York Times
    – 1.1.2011 to 1.10.2011: 12 total article hits, of which 5 articles have at least one hit for ‘racism’ in article main text and the other 7 are in comment sections
    – 1.1.2018 to 1.10.2018: 26 total article hits, of which 14 articles have at least one hit for ‘racism’ in article main text and the other 12 are in comment sections, links to other stories, alternate story titles, or other.

    This tripling of main-text hits (5 to 14) for a ten-day period separated by seven years, bears out an up-trend, but decidedly not on the scale of the 8x increase suggested by the Zach Goldberg-compiled data.

    One immediate finding: There are many appearances of the term in comment-sections and in embedded tweets. These could be seen as the Tail Wagging the Dog. Other hits for “racism” are in embedded links to other stories, or in alternate story titles that were later revised. Should these sorts of hits count as article hits, or not? A methodological dilemma.

    _________________________

    Here is the qualitative part of the above:

    [MORE]

    It looks like the hits in 2011 are often on the frivolous side, two about Huckleberry Finn, one what appears to be actual news-reporting (“Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined”) and not a lecture dressed up as news; IOW, reporting what counter-protesters said rather than sneeringly inserting the accusation into the main text and fluffing it up to article-length.

    Top eight ‘racism’ hits in the first ten days of January 2011:

    ‘Huckleberry Finn’ Offers a Teachable Moment

    Jan 6, 2011 – Censoring a word fails to address deeper problems with racism in our society. “Huckleberry Finn” is a classic that can provide a kind of “teachable moment” for …

    The Words of Pap Finn’s Rant

    Jan 6, 2011 – To understand how racism works in America it is necessary to understand how this word has been used to inflict pain on black people, challenge their humanity, …

    Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined

    Jan 5, 2011 – … National Press Club, was interrupted four times by protesters who stood one by one to brandish posters and accuse the lawmakers of intolerance and racism.

    With the P.K.K. in Iraq’s Qandil Mountains

    Jan 5, 2011 – Shiho Fukada for The New York Times Big Brother: Painted on flat stones laid on a hillside, one of many portraits of the P.K.K. founder Abdullah Ocalan stares …

    (Note: ‘Racism’ does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter Merkil, a critic of the PKK, writes: “…[dealing with the PKK] is seen as racism and “completely criminalizing all political activity” from your ivory towers…”)

    A Language Barrier: Kurdish? Arabic? English?

    Jan 6, 2011 – As the first in a series of posts explores, a language barrier is emerging in the Kurdistan region north of Iraq. It divides the country not only linguistically, but also …

    (Note: ‘Racism’ does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter FreeKurdistan writes: “Did anyone else noticed that the article was written by an Arab? Does anyone else see the very subtle hints of racism? Only a Kurd would notice such things, since we have been oppressed for so long.”)

    Japan Curbs Hiring Foreigners Even as Labor Shortage Looms

    Jan 2, 2011 – Immigration provides one remedy to Japan’s lethargic economy, but Tokyo is resisting accepting young workers.

    (Note: ‘Racism’ does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter World Citizen writes: “I suggest that the xenophobes who say that Japanese should preserve their “pure” identity at all costs (even their own extinction) and that their racism is kind of harmless after all, should watch the movie “City of Life and Death” about the Nanking massacre…”)

    Should the Racial Epithets Be Removed From ‘Huck Finn’?

    Jan 6, 2011 – However, it also enabled us to open up the discussion on racism, and allowed them to understand how much America has progressed since the 1930s.

    First South Carolina. Then New York?

    Jan 6, 2011 – In the wake of South Carolina’s vote to secession in late December 1860, Americans both North and South anxiously wondered which state would be next to …

    (Note: ‘Racism’ does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter J.D. Crutchfield writes: “The gentleman is correct about the racism of the Northern farmers…”; commenter gotnotruck writes: “I’d never seen racism until I went to Boston…”)

    Top eight ‘racism’ hits in the first ten days of January 2018:

    Death Penalty Case Heard by Racist Juror Is Reopened by Supreme

    Jan 8, 2018 – WASHINGTON — Saying that a capital trial in Georgia may have been marred by a juror’s racism, the Supreme Court on Monday gave a death row inmate there …

    H&M Apologizes for ‘Monkey’ Image Featuring Black Child

    Jan 8, 2018 – Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Oct. 8, 2017. Image. Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Subscribe to With Interest. Catch up and prep for the week …

    (Note: It appears ‘racism’ does not appear in the main text here, but in a link to a previous NYT story [“Dove Drops Ad Accused of Racism”].)

    Daniel Kaluuya Isn’t Waiting for Your Approval

    Jan 4, 2018 – The breakout star of “Get Out” says he can relate to his character: “Being young, working class and black, everything you do is policed.” Daniel Kaluuya in …

    (Note: ‘Racism’ does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter City Lady writes: “We all get that there’s a lot of racism in the US and didn’t need this movie to illustrate it.”)

    Sam Rockwell’s Golden Globes Win Fuels a Debate

    Jan 7, 2018 – Sam Rockwell is the kind of actor for whom “supporting actor” categories were invented: a steady, colorful presence in acclaimed movies that are often …

    (Note: ‘Racism’ does not appear in the article main text but does appear in the URL for the story; the closest the main text comes is: “Mr. Rockwell’s character is a police officer who, among other sins, is deeply racist.”

    Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online

    Jan 4, 2018 – Is Japan the only country that doesn’t know that Black Face is UNACCEPTABLE and RACIST #racism pic.twitter.com/zoSXded3N0. — MattyO (@labluejp) …

    (Note: The term”racism” here appears to be from a verbatim republication of a tweet.)

    Vienna ‘New Year’s Baby’ Greeted First With Hate, Then Hearts

    Jan 4, 2018 – 4, 2018 , on Page A4 of the New York edition with the headline: Vienna Welcomes 2018 Baby With Online Hate and Racism. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | …

    (Note: This is about a Muslim refugee couple being one of the first babies born on Jan. 1, 2018. Main-text content includes: “But instead of good wishes from the citizens who read her birth announcement, splashed across Austrian newspapers on New Year’s Day, the little girl and her family were greeted with a wave of racism, disgust and hate.”)

    Opinion | Faust on the Potomac

    Jan 5, 2018 – The cynical bargain I’m talking about, of course, was the decision to exploit racism to advance a right-wing economic agenda. Talk about welfare queens driving …

    How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

    Jan 2, 2018 – The tragedy and senselessness of racism is felt throughout “Not Without Laughter,” and Hughes takes care to show how it manifests itself in ways small and …

    • Replies: @TWS
    You started boring and ended long-winded.
    , @res
    Thanks for doing the analysis. I think it actually supports Goldberg's methodology being representative. The change in hits excluding comments was a bit larger on a percentage basis, and as you observed, the 2018 articles seemed "worse."
  13. The nature of these articles has changed over time too. It isn’t just an increase in the old accusations of bias–like the Rodney King bump in the early nineties–they are more vociferous, more condemnatory. Black writers are prone to wild abandon. Witness Teh Genius.

    But that sharp increase represents an expansion of the charge; the accusation has expanded into every possible aspect of life–as exemplified by the brilliant white people and their *shuffles deck, draws card* meme.

    • Replies: @Digital Samizdat
    Ha! I know that game: Cards Against Wipipo.
  14. Hail says: • Website
    @Hail

    The recent low point was 2011 with only 291 articles about racism
     
    It's probably important to note that we don't know if those articles were "about" racism, only that the text string 'r-a-c-i-s-m' gets (at least one) hit in those articles.

    A hit could mean it is, in fact, the topic of the article, or it could be a series of cases with one single use buried way at the bottom of 2,000-word articles on golf course architecture or other innocuous subjects.

    Put another way:

    A qualitative analysis would verify or refute the apparent quantitative pattern(s).

    Below is an independent check (call it QC) of this data, using site:google.com and restricting the search to fixed date ranges. Not a perfect methodology, but two advantages are: (1) It is reproducible by anyone with access to Google (sorry, Godfree Roberts, and others in China); (2) allows for a qualitative analysis of article content, verifiable by anyone, to see what type of articles are getting the hits.

    “Racism” hits in New York Times:

    – Jan.1.2011 to Jan.10.2011: 12 total article hits, of which 5 articles have at least one hit for ‘racism’ in article main-text (the other 7 are in comment sections);

    – Jan.1.2018 to Jan.10.2018: 26 total article hits, of which 14 articles have at least one hit for ‘racism’ in article main-text (the other 12 are in comment sections, links to other stories, alternate story titles, from embedded Tweets, or other).

    This increase of main-text hits (5 to 14) for 2018 over the same ten-day period in 2011 does bear out an up-trend for “racism” appearances in NYT, but decidedly does not bear out a mushrooming on the scale of the 8x, as suggested by the Zach Goldberg-compiled data.

    A big methodological problem, or potential problem, is the many appearances of the term in comment-sections and in embedded tweets by “regular people.” Comments and Tweets could be seen as the Tail Wagging the Dog. Other hits for “racism” are in embedded links to other stories, or cases in which the URL does not match the title for whatever reason. Should any or all of the above count as legitimate hits? A little methodological dilemma.

    _________________________

    On the qualitative side:

    It looks like the Jan. 2011 hits are often on the quaint side; several are about Huckleberry Finn. One from 2011 appears to be (surprisingly) actual news-reporting (“Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined”), not that kind of lecture-dressed-up-as-news we are now used to; IOW, the writer reported what counter-protesters to some newsworthy thing said, rather than sneeringly inserting the “racism” accusation into the main text and fluffing it up to article-length, as passes for much journalism by the late 2010s.

    The 2018 hits display a marked move downward in quality, into what would have been the purviews of tabloids and local TV news a generation ago: Racist juror in a trial discovered; Japanese using blackface; racist clothing ad; Internet commenters who criticized and/or trolled a Muslim refugee couple who had the first baby born in Austria in 2018.

    Tentative conclusion: It’s not that the NYT is cranking up the megaphone to ’11’ and shouting “racism” at its audience in a fashion more-or-less explicitly meant to brainwash (to put it harshly, maybe). consciously meant to keep people on the reservation, a form of political control in our “media-run state” system (rather than a “state-run media”). (I like the term “regime media” to describe this it blunt terms.) It’s easy to take away this conclusion. There is that, but some form of that has been a staple of the prestige media for decades, and the data is not suggestive of it having kicked ‘bigly’ into overdrive (8x!) in the 2010s.

    What has happened in the 2010s appears more to be a move towards lower quality journalism overall, horning-in on National Inquirer-like media territory and thereby cramming in words like “racism” more and more. To sell papers, or to get clicks in this case, sensationalist stories sell. The NYT only discredicts itself by doing this. (Would the “H&M Monkey T-Shirt Offends Blacks” story have been published by any NYT editor in up to the late 20th century?).

    __________________

    The top eight ‘racism’ hits in the first ten days of January 2011:

    [MORE]

    ‘Huckleberry Finn’ Offers a Teachable Moment

    Jan 6, 2011 – Censoring a word fails to address deeper problems with racism in our society. “Huckleberry Finn” is a classic that can provide a kind of “teachable moment” for …

    The Words of Pap Finn’s Rant

    Jan 6, 2011 – To understand how racism works in America it is necessary to understand how this word has been used to inflict pain on black people, challenge their humanity, …

    Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined

    Jan 5, 2011 – … National Press Club, was interrupted four times by protesters who stood one by one to brandish posters and accuse the lawmakers of intolerance and racism.

    With the P.K.K. in Iraq’s Qandil Mountains

    Jan 5, 2011 – Shiho Fukada for The New York Times Big Brother: Painted on flat stones laid on a hillside, one of many portraits of the P.K.K. founder Abdullah Ocalan stares …

    (Note: ‘Racism’ does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter Merkil, a critic of the PKK, writes: “…[dealing with the PKK] is seen as racism and “completely criminalizing all political activity” from your ivory towers…”)

    A Language Barrier: Kurdish? Arabic? English?

    Jan 6, 2011 – As the first in a series of posts explores, a language barrier is emerging in the Kurdistan region north of Iraq. It divides the country not only linguistically, but also …

    (Note: ‘Racism’ does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter FreeKurdistan writes: “Did anyone else noticed that the article was written by an Arab? Does anyone else see the very subtle hints of racism? Only a Kurd would notice such things, since we have been oppressed for so long.”)

    Japan Curbs Hiring Foreigners Even as Labor Shortage Looms

    Jan 2, 2011 – Immigration provides one remedy to Japan’s lethargic economy, but Tokyo is resisting accepting young workers.

    (Note: ‘Racism’ does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter World Citizen writes: “I suggest that the xenophobes who say that Japanese should preserve their “pure” identity at all costs (even their own extinction) and that their racism is kind of harmless after all, should watch the movie “City of Life and Death” about the Nanking massacre…”)

    Should the Racial Epithets Be Removed From ‘Huck Finn’?

    Jan 6, 2011 – However, it also enabled us to open up the discussion on racism, and allowed them to understand how much America has progressed since the 1930s.

    First South Carolina. Then New York?

    Jan 6, 2011 – In the wake of South Carolina’s vote to secession in late December 1860, Americans both North and South anxiously wondered which state would be next to …

    (Note: ‘Racism’ does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter J.D. Crutchfield writes: “The gentleman is correct about the racism of the Northern farmers…”; commenter gotnotruck writes: “I’d never seen racism until I went to Boston…”)

    The top eight ‘racism’ hits in the first ten days of January 2018:

    Death Penalty Case Heard by Racist Juror Is Reopened by Supreme

    Jan 8, 2018 – WASHINGTON — Saying that a capital trial in Georgia may have been marred by a juror’s racism, the Supreme Court on Monday gave a death row inmate there …

    H&M Apologizes for ‘Monkey’ Image Featuring Black Child

    Jan 8, 2018 – Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Oct. 8, 2017. Image. Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Subscribe to With Interest. Catch up and prep for the week …

    (Note: It appears ‘racism’ does not appear in the main text here, but in a link to a previous NYT story [“Dove Drops Ad Accused of Racism”].)

    Daniel Kaluuya Isn’t Waiting for Your Approval

    Jan 4, 2018 – The breakout star of “Get Out” says he can relate to his character: “Being young, working class and black, everything you do is policed.” Daniel Kaluuya in …

    (Note: ‘Racism’ does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter City Lady writes: “We all get that there’s a lot of racism in the US and didn’t need this movie to illustrate it.”)

    Sam Rockwell’s Golden Globes Win Fuels a Debate

    Jan 7, 2018 – Sam Rockwell is the kind of actor for whom “supporting actor” categories were invented: a steady, colorful presence in acclaimed movies that are often …

    (Note: ‘Racism’ does not appear in the article main text but does appear in the URL for the story; the closest the main text comes is: “Mr. Rockwell’s character is a police officer who, among other sins, is deeply racist.”

    Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online

    Jan 4, 2018 – Is Japan the only country that doesn’t know that Black Face is UNACCEPTABLE and RACIST #racism pic.twitter.com/zoSXded3N0. — MattyO (@labluejp) …

    (Note: The term”racism” here appears to be from a verbatim republication of a tweet.)

    Vienna ‘New Year’s Baby’ Greeted First With Hate, Then Hearts

    Jan 4, 2018 – 4, 2018 , on Page A4 of the New York edition with the headline: Vienna Welcomes 2018 Baby With Online Hate and Racism. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | …

    (Note: This is about a Muslim refugee couple being one of the first babies born on Jan. 1, 2018. Main-text content includes: “But instead of good wishes from the citizens who read her birth announcement, splashed across Austrian newspapers on New Year’s Day, the little girl and her family were greeted with a wave of racism, disgust and hate.”)

    Opinion | Faust on the Potomac

    Jan 5, 2018 – The cynical bargain I’m talking about, of course, was the decision to exploit racism to advance a right-wing economic agenda. Talk about welfare queens driving …

    How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

    Jan 2, 2018 – The tragedy and senselessness of racism is felt throughout “Not Without Laughter,” and Hughes takes care to show how it manifests itself in ways small and …

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    If they didn't do the clickbait stuff though, they'd have to write articles that would cause noticing.
    , @Anon
    As a sanity check, you could use Google search operators to get rid of comment noise (but you also get rid of article text occurrences}:

    inurl:racism OR intitle:racism daterange:[hyphen-separated Julian dates]

    See here for a Julian converter ...

    http://www.longpelaexpertise.com/toolsJulian.php

    ... and know that Google doesn't always seem to obey daterange, and what they are looking at for daterange is unknown.

    Dates can also sometimes be teased out of URLs using "AND inurl:[date string]" for each element.

    At any rate the larger the sample size, the less important the noise becomes. That's why every large test is in effect an IQ test when applied to groups: the non-cognitive components are noise.

    , @Jack D
    Notice that virtually all of the "racism" mentioned in the NYT falls into 3 categories:

    1. Racism in the distant past
    2. Racism in other countries
    3. Racism in Current Year America that is utterly trivial or impossibly vague ("society is racist") - in the Dove soap ad (this "racist incident" really never got traction because it was so trivial and because Dove pulled the ad at the first complaint), a series of women pull their shirts over their heads and when they do, another woman is revealed beneath, Russian doll style thanks to the magic of CGI. Dove's mistake was that somewhere in this sequence a black woman pulled off her shirt and beneath was a white woman . This meant that a “dirty” black person has been cleansed into whiteness - RACIST.

    Once you exclude those 3 types of "racism" there are only a couple of articles left that deal with any sort of serious racism (or even allegations of serious racism) in America today.

  15. @Reg Cæsar
    Another "great awokening", retweeted by David Byrne, of all people:

    ᴄᴀꜱᴇʀꜱᴀᴛᴢ
    @casersatz Apr 25



    Joe Biden
    Joe Bide
    Joe Bid
    Joe Bi
    Joe B
    Jo
    J
    Je
    Jeb
    Jeb B
    Jeb Bu
    Jeb Bus
    Jeb Bush
     

    Poor quality word-play. “J”?

  16. @Hail
    Below is an independent check (call it QC) of this data, using site:google.com and restricting the search to fixed date ranges. Not a perfect methodology, but two advantages are: (1) It is reproducible by anyone with access to Google (sorry, Godfree Roberts, and others in China); (2) allows for a qualitative analysis of article content, verifiable by anyone, to see what type of articles are getting the hits.

    "Racism" hits in New York Times:

    - Jan.1.2011 to Jan.10.2011: 12 total article hits, of which 5 articles have at least one hit for 'racism' in article main-text (the other 7 are in comment sections);

    - Jan.1.2018 to Jan.10.2018: 26 total article hits, of which 14 articles have at least one hit for 'racism' in article main-text (the other 12 are in comment sections, links to other stories, alternate story titles, from embedded Tweets, or other).

    This increase of main-text hits (5 to 14) for 2018 over the same ten-day period in 2011 does bear out an up-trend for "racism" appearances in NYT, but decidedly does not bear out a mushrooming on the scale of the 8x, as suggested by the Zach Goldberg-compiled data.

    A big methodological problem, or potential problem, is the many appearances of the term in comment-sections and in embedded tweets by "regular people." Comments and Tweets could be seen as the Tail Wagging the Dog. Other hits for "racism" are in embedded links to other stories, or cases in which the URL does not match the title for whatever reason. Should any or all of the above count as legitimate hits? A little methodological dilemma.

    _________________________

    On the qualitative side:

    It looks like the Jan. 2011 hits are often on the quaint side; several are about Huckleberry Finn. One from 2011 appears to be (surprisingly) actual news-reporting ("Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined"), not that kind of lecture-dressed-up-as-news we are now used to; IOW, the writer reported what counter-protesters to some newsworthy thing said, rather than sneeringly inserting the "racism" accusation into the main text and fluffing it up to article-length, as passes for much journalism by the late 2010s.

    The 2018 hits display a marked move downward in quality, into what would have been the purviews of tabloids and local TV news a generation ago: Racist juror in a trial discovered; Japanese using blackface; racist clothing ad; Internet commenters who criticized and/or trolled a Muslim refugee couple who had the first baby born in Austria in 2018.

    Tentative conclusion: It's not that the NYT is cranking up the megaphone to '11' and shouting "racism" at its audience in a fashion more-or-less explicitly meant to brainwash (to put it harshly, maybe). consciously meant to keep people on the reservation, a form of political control in our "media-run state" system (rather than a "state-run media"). (I like the term "regime media" to describe this it blunt terms.) It's easy to take away this conclusion. There is that, but some form of that has been a staple of the prestige media for decades, and the data is not suggestive of it having kicked 'bigly' into overdrive (8x!) in the 2010s.

    What has happened in the 2010s appears more to be a move towards lower quality journalism overall, horning-in on National Inquirer-like media territory and thereby cramming in words like "racism" more and more. To sell papers, or to get clicks in this case, sensationalist stories sell. The NYT only discredicts itself by doing this. (Would the "H&M Monkey T-Shirt Offends Blacks" story have been published by any NYT editor in up to the late 20th century?).

    __________________

    The top eight 'racism' hits in the first ten days of January 2011:


    'Huckleberry Finn' Offers a Teachable Moment

    Jan 6, 2011 - Censoring a word fails to address deeper problems with racism in our society. "Huckleberry Finn" is a classic that can provide a kind of “teachable moment” for ...
     


    The Words of Pap Finn's Rant

    Jan 6, 2011 - To understand how racism works in America it is necessary to understand how this word has been used to inflict pain on black people, challenge their humanity, ...
     


    Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined

    Jan 5, 2011 - ... National Press Club, was interrupted four times by protesters who stood one by one to brandish posters and accuse the lawmakers of intolerance and racism.
     


    With the P.K.K. in Iraq's Qandil Mountains

    Jan 5, 2011 - Shiho Fukada for The New York Times Big Brother: Painted on flat stones laid on a hillside, one of many portraits of the P.K.K. founder Abdullah Ocalan stares ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter Merkil, a critic of the PKK, writes: "...[dealing with the PKK] is seen as racism and "completely criminalizing all political activity" from your ivory towers...")
     


    A Language Barrier: Kurdish? Arabic? English?

    Jan 6, 2011 - As the first in a series of posts explores, a language barrier is emerging in the Kurdistan region north of Iraq. It divides the country not only linguistically, but also ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter FreeKurdistan writes: "Did anyone else noticed that the article was written by an Arab? Does anyone else see the very subtle hints of racism? Only a Kurd would notice such things, since we have been oppressed for so long.")
     


    Japan Curbs Hiring Foreigners Even as Labor Shortage Looms

    Jan 2, 2011 - Immigration provides one remedy to Japan's lethargic economy, but Tokyo is resisting accepting young workers.

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter World Citizen writes: "I suggest that the xenophobes who say that Japanese should preserve their "pure" identity at all costs (even their own extinction) and that their racism is kind of harmless after all, should watch the movie "City of Life and Death" about the Nanking massacre...")
     


    Should the Racial Epithets Be Removed From 'Huck Finn'?

    Jan 6, 2011 - However, it also enabled us to open up the discussion on racism, and allowed them to understand how much America has progressed since the 1930s.
     


    First South Carolina. Then New York?

    Jan 6, 2011 - In the wake of South Carolina's vote to secession in late December 1860, Americans both North and South anxiously wondered which state would be next to ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter J.D. Crutchfield writes: "The gentleman is correct about the racism of the Northern farmers..."; commenter gotnotruck writes: "I'd never seen racism until I went to Boston...")
     

    The top eight 'racism' hits in the first ten days of January 2018:

    Death Penalty Case Heard by Racist Juror Is Reopened by Supreme

    Jan 8, 2018 - WASHINGTON — Saying that a capital trial in Georgia may have been marred by a juror's racism, the Supreme Court on Monday gave a death row inmate there ...
     


    H&M Apologizes for 'Monkey' Image Featuring Black Child

    Jan 8, 2018 - Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Oct. 8, 2017. Image. Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Subscribe to With Interest. Catch up and prep for the week ...

    (Note: It appears 'racism' does not appear in the main text here, but in a link to a previous NYT story ["Dove Drops Ad Accused of Racism"].)
     


    Daniel Kaluuya Isn't Waiting for Your Approval

    Jan 4, 2018 - The breakout star of “Get Out” says he can relate to his character: “Being young, working class and black, everything you do is policed.” Daniel Kaluuya in ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter City Lady writes: "We all get that there’s a lot of racism in the US and didn’t need this movie to illustrate it.")
     


    Sam Rockwell's Golden Globes Win Fuels a Debate

    Jan 7, 2018 - Sam Rockwell is the kind of actor for whom “supporting actor” categories were invented: a steady, colorful presence in acclaimed movies that are often ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article main text but does appear in the URL for the story; the closest the main text comes is: "Mr. Rockwell’s character is a police officer who, among other sins, is deeply racist."
     


    Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online

    Jan 4, 2018 - Is Japan the only country that doesn't know that Black Face is UNACCEPTABLE and RACIST #racism pic.twitter.com/zoSXded3N0. — MattyO (@labluejp) ...

    (Note: The term"racism" here appears to be from a verbatim republication of a tweet.)
     


    Vienna 'New Year's Baby' Greeted First With Hate, Then Hearts

    Jan 4, 2018 - 4, 2018 , on Page A4 of the New York edition with the headline: Vienna Welcomes 2018 Baby With Online Hate and Racism. Order Reprints | Today's Paper | ...

    (Note: This is about a Muslim refugee couple being one of the first babies born on Jan. 1, 2018. Main-text content includes: "But instead of good wishes from the citizens who read her birth announcement, splashed across Austrian newspapers on New Year’s Day, the little girl and her family were greeted with a wave of racism, disgust and hate.")
     


    Opinion | Faust on the Potomac

    Jan 5, 2018 - The cynical bargain I'm talking about, of course, was the decision to exploit racism to advance a right-wing economic agenda. Talk about welfare queens driving ...
     


    How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

    Jan 2, 2018 - The tragedy and senselessness of racism is felt throughout “Not Without Laughter,” and Hughes takes care to show how it manifests itself in ways small and ...
     

    If they didn’t do the clickbait stuff though, they’d have to write articles that would cause noticing.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    As Steve wryly noted, then they could not just come out with articles via rectal extraction, meaning they'd have to have the writers actually observe things and even go places outside of that one neighborhood in Manhattan. They would need to do thinking, looking stuff up that is not on twitter, and what some people would call "reporting". That takes a lot of damn effort and money, R.F.

    You can't expect NY Times writers to be "journalizing the whole country".
  17. Hail says: • Website
    @PSR
    God Bless You Steve but no one believes any more that the NYT is a legitimate news source but only a Democrat Party house organ. They're hiring of renowned racist Sarah Jeong confirmed that news is secondary, leftist propaganda is their raison d'etre.

    renowned racist Sarah Jeong

    Recently retired from her overtly anti-White Tweet-crusade — perhaps asked nicely by her editor, or (((editor))), at the New York Times — she is now more subtle, but likely isn’t fooling anyone:

    sarah jeong Retweeted

    @MoiraDonegan
    May 27

    Periodic reminder that housework, childcare, and elder care are work, even when they’re done for free. Women don’t perform these tasks out of love or some mystical, natural compulsion. We do them because they need to be done, and we’re the ones who get punished if they’re not.

    sarah jeong Retweeted

    Andy Campbell [Verified account]
    @AndyBCampbell
    May 22

    EXCLUSIVE: The Proud Boys extremist gang says it’s a “drinking club,” and sues those who suggest otherwise.

    Leaked private chat logs reveal they spend months plotting violence for rallies. Weapons, cops, tactics, optics — their attacks are planned.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    "Periodic reminder that housework, childcare, and elder care are work, even when they’re done for free."

    Done for free?

    Lady, ain't nothing free.

    A man pays by giving up 45 hours of his life every week just so he can earn the money to keep a roof over your head and provide food and clothing for you and the kids. I suppose you think he "perform[s] these tasks out of love or some mystical, natural compulsion." Well, yes. Actually, we men do them for both that and "because they need to be done".

    Just because you're not motivated by "love or some mystical natural compulsion" doesn't mean the rest of us share your pathology. You may want to ease off a bit and not advertise that you speak only for amoral freaks.

    , @Kylie
    I googled Moira Donegan. Even among a horde of spiteful, disingenuous feminists, she stands out as an especially nasty piece of work.

    Nothing subtle--or bearable--about her.
  18. Anon[256] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hail
    Below is an independent check (call it QC) of this data, using site:google.com and restricting the search to fixed date ranges. Not a perfect methodology, but two advantages are: (1) It is reproducible by anyone with access to Google (sorry, Godfree Roberts, and others in China); (2) allows for a qualitative analysis of article content, verifiable by anyone, to see what type of articles are getting the hits.

    "Racism" hits in New York Times:

    - Jan.1.2011 to Jan.10.2011: 12 total article hits, of which 5 articles have at least one hit for 'racism' in article main-text (the other 7 are in comment sections);

    - Jan.1.2018 to Jan.10.2018: 26 total article hits, of which 14 articles have at least one hit for 'racism' in article main-text (the other 12 are in comment sections, links to other stories, alternate story titles, from embedded Tweets, or other).

    This increase of main-text hits (5 to 14) for 2018 over the same ten-day period in 2011 does bear out an up-trend for "racism" appearances in NYT, but decidedly does not bear out a mushrooming on the scale of the 8x, as suggested by the Zach Goldberg-compiled data.

    A big methodological problem, or potential problem, is the many appearances of the term in comment-sections and in embedded tweets by "regular people." Comments and Tweets could be seen as the Tail Wagging the Dog. Other hits for "racism" are in embedded links to other stories, or cases in which the URL does not match the title for whatever reason. Should any or all of the above count as legitimate hits? A little methodological dilemma.

    _________________________

    On the qualitative side:

    It looks like the Jan. 2011 hits are often on the quaint side; several are about Huckleberry Finn. One from 2011 appears to be (surprisingly) actual news-reporting ("Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined"), not that kind of lecture-dressed-up-as-news we are now used to; IOW, the writer reported what counter-protesters to some newsworthy thing said, rather than sneeringly inserting the "racism" accusation into the main text and fluffing it up to article-length, as passes for much journalism by the late 2010s.

    The 2018 hits display a marked move downward in quality, into what would have been the purviews of tabloids and local TV news a generation ago: Racist juror in a trial discovered; Japanese using blackface; racist clothing ad; Internet commenters who criticized and/or trolled a Muslim refugee couple who had the first baby born in Austria in 2018.

    Tentative conclusion: It's not that the NYT is cranking up the megaphone to '11' and shouting "racism" at its audience in a fashion more-or-less explicitly meant to brainwash (to put it harshly, maybe). consciously meant to keep people on the reservation, a form of political control in our "media-run state" system (rather than a "state-run media"). (I like the term "regime media" to describe this it blunt terms.) It's easy to take away this conclusion. There is that, but some form of that has been a staple of the prestige media for decades, and the data is not suggestive of it having kicked 'bigly' into overdrive (8x!) in the 2010s.

    What has happened in the 2010s appears more to be a move towards lower quality journalism overall, horning-in on National Inquirer-like media territory and thereby cramming in words like "racism" more and more. To sell papers, or to get clicks in this case, sensationalist stories sell. The NYT only discredicts itself by doing this. (Would the "H&M Monkey T-Shirt Offends Blacks" story have been published by any NYT editor in up to the late 20th century?).

    __________________

    The top eight 'racism' hits in the first ten days of January 2011:


    'Huckleberry Finn' Offers a Teachable Moment

    Jan 6, 2011 - Censoring a word fails to address deeper problems with racism in our society. "Huckleberry Finn" is a classic that can provide a kind of “teachable moment” for ...
     


    The Words of Pap Finn's Rant

    Jan 6, 2011 - To understand how racism works in America it is necessary to understand how this word has been used to inflict pain on black people, challenge their humanity, ...
     


    Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined

    Jan 5, 2011 - ... National Press Club, was interrupted four times by protesters who stood one by one to brandish posters and accuse the lawmakers of intolerance and racism.
     


    With the P.K.K. in Iraq's Qandil Mountains

    Jan 5, 2011 - Shiho Fukada for The New York Times Big Brother: Painted on flat stones laid on a hillside, one of many portraits of the P.K.K. founder Abdullah Ocalan stares ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter Merkil, a critic of the PKK, writes: "...[dealing with the PKK] is seen as racism and "completely criminalizing all political activity" from your ivory towers...")
     


    A Language Barrier: Kurdish? Arabic? English?

    Jan 6, 2011 - As the first in a series of posts explores, a language barrier is emerging in the Kurdistan region north of Iraq. It divides the country not only linguistically, but also ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter FreeKurdistan writes: "Did anyone else noticed that the article was written by an Arab? Does anyone else see the very subtle hints of racism? Only a Kurd would notice such things, since we have been oppressed for so long.")
     


    Japan Curbs Hiring Foreigners Even as Labor Shortage Looms

    Jan 2, 2011 - Immigration provides one remedy to Japan's lethargic economy, but Tokyo is resisting accepting young workers.

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter World Citizen writes: "I suggest that the xenophobes who say that Japanese should preserve their "pure" identity at all costs (even their own extinction) and that their racism is kind of harmless after all, should watch the movie "City of Life and Death" about the Nanking massacre...")
     


    Should the Racial Epithets Be Removed From 'Huck Finn'?

    Jan 6, 2011 - However, it also enabled us to open up the discussion on racism, and allowed them to understand how much America has progressed since the 1930s.
     


    First South Carolina. Then New York?

    Jan 6, 2011 - In the wake of South Carolina's vote to secession in late December 1860, Americans both North and South anxiously wondered which state would be next to ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter J.D. Crutchfield writes: "The gentleman is correct about the racism of the Northern farmers..."; commenter gotnotruck writes: "I'd never seen racism until I went to Boston...")
     

    The top eight 'racism' hits in the first ten days of January 2018:

    Death Penalty Case Heard by Racist Juror Is Reopened by Supreme

    Jan 8, 2018 - WASHINGTON — Saying that a capital trial in Georgia may have been marred by a juror's racism, the Supreme Court on Monday gave a death row inmate there ...
     


    H&M Apologizes for 'Monkey' Image Featuring Black Child

    Jan 8, 2018 - Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Oct. 8, 2017. Image. Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Subscribe to With Interest. Catch up and prep for the week ...

    (Note: It appears 'racism' does not appear in the main text here, but in a link to a previous NYT story ["Dove Drops Ad Accused of Racism"].)
     


    Daniel Kaluuya Isn't Waiting for Your Approval

    Jan 4, 2018 - The breakout star of “Get Out” says he can relate to his character: “Being young, working class and black, everything you do is policed.” Daniel Kaluuya in ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter City Lady writes: "We all get that there’s a lot of racism in the US and didn’t need this movie to illustrate it.")
     


    Sam Rockwell's Golden Globes Win Fuels a Debate

    Jan 7, 2018 - Sam Rockwell is the kind of actor for whom “supporting actor” categories were invented: a steady, colorful presence in acclaimed movies that are often ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article main text but does appear in the URL for the story; the closest the main text comes is: "Mr. Rockwell’s character is a police officer who, among other sins, is deeply racist."
     


    Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online

    Jan 4, 2018 - Is Japan the only country that doesn't know that Black Face is UNACCEPTABLE and RACIST #racism pic.twitter.com/zoSXded3N0. — MattyO (@labluejp) ...

    (Note: The term"racism" here appears to be from a verbatim republication of a tweet.)
     


    Vienna 'New Year's Baby' Greeted First With Hate, Then Hearts

    Jan 4, 2018 - 4, 2018 , on Page A4 of the New York edition with the headline: Vienna Welcomes 2018 Baby With Online Hate and Racism. Order Reprints | Today's Paper | ...

    (Note: This is about a Muslim refugee couple being one of the first babies born on Jan. 1, 2018. Main-text content includes: "But instead of good wishes from the citizens who read her birth announcement, splashed across Austrian newspapers on New Year’s Day, the little girl and her family were greeted with a wave of racism, disgust and hate.")
     


    Opinion | Faust on the Potomac

    Jan 5, 2018 - The cynical bargain I'm talking about, of course, was the decision to exploit racism to advance a right-wing economic agenda. Talk about welfare queens driving ...
     


    How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

    Jan 2, 2018 - The tragedy and senselessness of racism is felt throughout “Not Without Laughter,” and Hughes takes care to show how it manifests itself in ways small and ...
     

    As a sanity check, you could use Google search operators to get rid of comment noise (but you also get rid of article text occurrences}:

    inurl:racism OR intitle:racism daterange:[hyphen-separated Julian dates]

    See here for a Julian converter …

    http://www.longpelaexpertise.com/toolsJulian.php

    … and know that Google doesn’t always seem to obey daterange, and what they are looking at for daterange is unknown.

    Dates can also sometimes be teased out of URLs using “AND inurl:[date string]” for each element.

    At any rate the larger the sample size, the less important the noise becomes. That’s why every large test is in effect an IQ test when applied to groups: the non-cognitive components are noise.

    • Replies: @Hail

    intitle:racism
     
    Plus custom date range, Jan. 1 to Mar. 31 (i.e., Q1) gives us this:

    New York Times articles with word 'Racism' in title (per google)
    Q1 2011: 3 articles
    Q1 2012: 1 article
    Q1 2013: 4 articles (of which, 1 is 'Opinion;' remainder at 3.)
    Q1 2014: 8 articles (of which, 2 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 6.)
    Q1 2015: 4 articles (of which, 2 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 2.)
    Q1 2016: 13 articles (of which, 2 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 11.)
    Q1 2017: 6 articles (of which, 2 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 4.)
    Q1 2018: 16 articles (of which, 8 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 8.)
    Q1 2019: 12 articles (of which, 5 are 'Opinion' and 3 are from an odd little letter-to-editor series called "A Reader's First Memory of Racism;" remainder at 4.)

    Excluding 'Opinion' and the 'First Memory of Racism' series:
    - 2011 to 2015: avg.: 3 articles with "racism" in title during Q1
    - Election year 2016: 11 articles with "racism" in title during Q1
    - 2017 to 2019: avg.: 5.3 articles with "racism" in title during Q1
    - Total, 2016 to 2019: 6.75 articles with "racism" in title during Q1

    A rise during the 2010s overall (a little more than 2x higher for the second half of the 2010s than for the first), yes, but not on the exponential pattern depicted in the Zach Goldberg data.

    Peaks are in 2016 and 2018. During those two peak years, 'racism' hits are on the order of 3x to 4x above the 2011-to-2013 "base rate," but the years on either side of those peak years (i.e., 2015, 2017, 2019) are about the same as the early-2010s base rate, except for the proliferation of "racism"-mentioning Opinion articles.)

    (The above is under the caveat that "custom date range," which seems to miss some articles for unknown reasons, still provides useful data; that is, assuming that its misses are random.)

  19. @Mr. Grey
    Racism is to the 21st century what Witchcraft was to the 17th.

    Hear hear. Time to go long on flame retardant clothing.

  20. So, racism became a problem during Mr. Obama’s second term.

  21. @Mr. Grey
    Racism is to the 21st century what Witchcraft was to the 17th.

    Citing the work of late anthropologist Henry Harpending, Steve Sailor once argued exactly that: http://www.unz.com/isteve/implicit-bias-and-african-witchcraft/

  22. @Dennis Dale
    The nature of these articles has changed over time too. It isn't just an increase in the old accusations of bias--like the Rodney King bump in the early nineties--they are more vociferous, more condemnatory. Black writers are prone to wild abandon. Witness Teh Genius.

    But that sharp increase represents an expansion of the charge; the accusation has expanded into every possible aspect of life--as exemplified by the brilliant white people and their *shuffles deck, draws card* meme.

    Ha! I know that game: Cards Against Wipipo.

  23. The big difference I see is Twitter. Prior to Twitter people didn’t use social media for political debate except perhaps among highly political male friends with opposite opinions.

    2012 was the first Presidential election to take place where Twitter had a serious userbase. It was inevitable that it would introduce to it’s Anglosphere a political dimension that hadn’t been as widespread.

    Twitter is a platform synonymous with young women, a cohort one doesn’t much see the political opinions from much otherwise, indeed, they didn’t really seem to be a cohort with very strong political opinions at all. Remember when the joke was ‘There are no girls posting on the internet” whereas now we accept the bulk of posting online today is from women on social media.

    When Twitter became a place where it was normal for young women under their own real names to occasionally decide to try to gain status by virtue signalling or complaining about men. Into that matrix SJW thoughts and ideas on the fringe enter and become normalised in a way that would be much more difficult. Effectively Twitter becomes a feeder for ideas normalised on Tumblr (Often by 15 year old BPDs who don’t take it seriously but desperately want to feel part of a community) and Twitter becomes a surrogate social group for these young women teaching them what is ‘not okay’.

    With this new mechanism purity spiralling intensifies and SJWs run riot.

    • Replies: @Whitey Whiteman III
    Excellent post. With its anonymous nature, there are still no chicks on 4chan.
  24. Anon[483] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    An unexpected piece in the Atlantic:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/05/self-censorship-campus-bad-science/589969/

    It’s a Brazilian evolution/genetics professor at Williams College musing on the recent trend of his students to deny the science of the heritability of IQ, IQ itself, differences between the sexes, kin selection (favoritism to family members), etc.

    I can’t decide if he’s some sort of concern troll who conned his way into the Atlantic, or if the Atlantic is opening up a bit, becoming more like NewYork Magazine, which has the occasional non-PC piece (and is Sullivan’s home).

    • Replies: @Altai

    It’s a Brazilian evolution/genetics professor at Williams College musing on the recent trend of his students to deny the science of the heritability of IQ, IQ itself, differences between the sexes, kin selection (favoritism to family members), etc.
     
    I've known lots of actual population geneticists who deny that last part, though they are always the ones that married and had children with a different nationality.
    , @bomag
    I've always gotten the sense that Atlantic and others carry some concern about becoming the Party shill, so they will slip in some bad-think to retain a little edginess.
    , @Jack D
    It's not a he, it's a she, and she is painfully white and from another culture (Brasil) so she doesn't know that it's time for white people in America to sit down and let people of color do all the 'splainin' that is necessary from now on and to quit her racis' bullsheet.


    https://www.thecollegefix.com/this-scientist-took-on-student-activists-who-cheered-for-censorship-now-shes-refuting-their-violence-claims/

  25. Of course

    Stalin said that the class struggle not only continued, but intensified, as the state moved towards socialism. For these people the race struggle not only continues, it intensifies as the state moves toward race as nothing but a social construct. Bolsheviks don’t change. And The New York Pravda prints as the party dictates.

  26. Hail says: • Website
    @Anon
    As a sanity check, you could use Google search operators to get rid of comment noise (but you also get rid of article text occurrences}:

    inurl:racism OR intitle:racism daterange:[hyphen-separated Julian dates]

    See here for a Julian converter ...

    http://www.longpelaexpertise.com/toolsJulian.php

    ... and know that Google doesn't always seem to obey daterange, and what they are looking at for daterange is unknown.

    Dates can also sometimes be teased out of URLs using "AND inurl:[date string]" for each element.

    At any rate the larger the sample size, the less important the noise becomes. That's why every large test is in effect an IQ test when applied to groups: the non-cognitive components are noise.

    intitle:racism

    Plus custom date range, Jan. 1 to Mar. 31 (i.e., Q1) gives us this:

    New York Times articles with word ‘Racism’ in title (per google)
    Q1 2011: 3 articles
    Q1 2012: 1 article
    Q1 2013: 4 articles (of which, 1 is ‘Opinion;’ remainder at 3.)
    Q1 2014: 8 articles (of which, 2 are ‘Opinion;’ remainder at 6.)
    Q1 2015: 4 articles (of which, 2 are ‘Opinion;’ remainder at 2.)
    Q1 2016: 13 articles (of which, 2 are ‘Opinion;’ remainder at 11.)
    Q1 2017: 6 articles (of which, 2 are ‘Opinion;’ remainder at 4.)
    Q1 2018: 16 articles (of which, 8 are ‘Opinion;’ remainder at 8.)
    Q1 2019: 12 articles (of which, 5 are ‘Opinion’ and 3 are from an odd little letter-to-editor series called “A Reader’s First Memory of Racism;” remainder at 4.)

    Excluding ‘Opinion’ and the ‘First Memory of Racism’ series:
    – 2011 to 2015: avg.: 3 articles with “racism” in title during Q1
    – Election year 2016: 11 articles with “racism” in title during Q1
    – 2017 to 2019: avg.: 5.3 articles with “racism” in title during Q1
    – Total, 2016 to 2019: 6.75 articles with “racism” in title during Q1

    A rise during the 2010s overall (a little more than 2x higher for the second half of the 2010s than for the first), yes, but not on the exponential pattern depicted in the Zach Goldberg data.

    Peaks are in 2016 and 2018. During those two peak years, ‘racism’ hits are on the order of 3x to 4x above the 2011-to-2013 “base rate,” but the years on either side of those peak years (i.e., 2015, 2017, 2019) are about the same as the early-2010s base rate, except for the proliferation of “racism”-mentioning Opinion articles.)

    (The above is under the caveat that “custom date range,” which seems to miss some articles for unknown reasons, still provides useful data; that is, assuming that its misses are random.)

    • Replies: @Hail

    under the caveat that “custom date range,” which seems to miss some articles for unknown reasons, still provides useful data
     
    An alternate method, as proposed above:

    13 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2006
    13 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2007
    25 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2008
    28 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2009
    8 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2010
    10 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2011
    18 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2012
    31 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2013
    30 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2014
    32 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2015
    50 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2016
    41 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2017
    50 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2018
    17 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2019

    2019 is on track for 41 or 42 articles with "racism" in the title for the year.

    (Asterisk -- something immediately seems suspicious about two years yielding exactly 50 hits, and another two yielding exactly 13 hits -- back to back.)

    Anyway, this data shows the same peaks in 2016 and 2018.

    I again fail to find any corroboration for the dramatic exponential pattern in the Goldberg data. Note that in the above, 2018 (50 hits) is less than 2x the '08-'09 rate (avg.: 26.5 hits), but in the Goldberg data, 2018 appears to be as much as 6x the '08-'09 rate. (And as Steve hints at in his OP, what if there were twice as many total articles published in 2018 as in 2008? That would mean, here, no real gain at all; zero.)

    One explanation for this could be qualitative (as I suggest in a comment above), as the data depicted in this comment are only for article titles, and some articles could toss in the word "racism" somewhere but not be "about" racism at all.

    More likely, there may be some kind of methodological problem(s) on someone's side, perhaps Goldberg/LexisNexis's or perhaps mine/Google's.

    , @Lot
    Searching newspaper titles for words may not work because of the clickbait trend of uninformative article titles.

    Lefties still use the word racist a lot, but racism seems to be gradually giving way to white privilege and white supremacy.

    Since being privileged and supreme sounds kind of nice, the newest buzzword is “white fragility,” defined as not agreeing with anti-white accusations or attacks.
  27. @Anon
    OT

    An unexpected piece in the Atlantic:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/05/self-censorship-campus-bad-science/589969/

    It's a Brazilian evolution/genetics professor at Williams College musing on the recent trend of his students to deny the science of the heritability of IQ, IQ itself, differences between the sexes, kin selection (favoritism to family members), etc.

    I can't decide if he's some sort of concern troll who conned his way into the Atlantic, or if the Atlantic is opening up a bit, becoming more like NewYork Magazine, which has the occasional non-PC piece (and is Sullivan's home).

    It’s a Brazilian evolution/genetics professor at Williams College musing on the recent trend of his students to deny the science of the heritability of IQ, IQ itself, differences between the sexes, kin selection (favoritism to family members), etc.

    I’ve known lots of actual population geneticists who deny that last part, though they are always the ones that married and had children with a different nationality.

  28. Hail says: • Website
    @Hail

    intitle:racism
     
    Plus custom date range, Jan. 1 to Mar. 31 (i.e., Q1) gives us this:

    New York Times articles with word 'Racism' in title (per google)
    Q1 2011: 3 articles
    Q1 2012: 1 article
    Q1 2013: 4 articles (of which, 1 is 'Opinion;' remainder at 3.)
    Q1 2014: 8 articles (of which, 2 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 6.)
    Q1 2015: 4 articles (of which, 2 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 2.)
    Q1 2016: 13 articles (of which, 2 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 11.)
    Q1 2017: 6 articles (of which, 2 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 4.)
    Q1 2018: 16 articles (of which, 8 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 8.)
    Q1 2019: 12 articles (of which, 5 are 'Opinion' and 3 are from an odd little letter-to-editor series called "A Reader's First Memory of Racism;" remainder at 4.)

    Excluding 'Opinion' and the 'First Memory of Racism' series:
    - 2011 to 2015: avg.: 3 articles with "racism" in title during Q1
    - Election year 2016: 11 articles with "racism" in title during Q1
    - 2017 to 2019: avg.: 5.3 articles with "racism" in title during Q1
    - Total, 2016 to 2019: 6.75 articles with "racism" in title during Q1

    A rise during the 2010s overall (a little more than 2x higher for the second half of the 2010s than for the first), yes, but not on the exponential pattern depicted in the Zach Goldberg data.

    Peaks are in 2016 and 2018. During those two peak years, 'racism' hits are on the order of 3x to 4x above the 2011-to-2013 "base rate," but the years on either side of those peak years (i.e., 2015, 2017, 2019) are about the same as the early-2010s base rate, except for the proliferation of "racism"-mentioning Opinion articles.)

    (The above is under the caveat that "custom date range," which seems to miss some articles for unknown reasons, still provides useful data; that is, assuming that its misses are random.)

    under the caveat that “custom date range,” which seems to miss some articles for unknown reasons, still provides useful data

    An alternate method, as proposed above:

    13 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2006
    13 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2007
    25 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2008
    28 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2009
    8 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2010
    10 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2011
    18 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2012
    31 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2013
    30 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2014
    32 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2015
    50 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2016
    41 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2017
    50 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2018
    17 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2019

    2019 is on track for 41 or 42 articles with “racism” in the title for the year.

    (Asterisk — something immediately seems suspicious about two years yielding exactly 50 hits, and another two yielding exactly 13 hits — back to back.)

    Anyway, this data shows the same peaks in 2016 and 2018.

    I again fail to find any corroboration for the dramatic exponential pattern in the Goldberg data. Note that in the above, 2018 (50 hits) is less than 2x the ’08-’09 rate (avg.: 26.5 hits), but in the Goldberg data, 2018 appears to be as much as 6x the ’08-’09 rate. (And as Steve hints at in his OP, what if there were twice as many total articles published in 2018 as in 2008? That would mean, here, no real gain at all; zero.)

    One explanation for this could be qualitative (as I suggest in a comment above), as the data depicted in this comment are only for article titles, and some articles could toss in the word “racism” somewhere but not be “about” racism at all.

    More likely, there may be some kind of methodological problem(s) on someone’s side, perhaps Goldberg/LexisNexis’s or perhaps mine/Google’s.

    • Replies: @ic1000
    Thanks for posting the results of your sleuthing.
    , @Anon
    Interesting, thanks.

    Yet another idea is to use the New York Times's own search, rather than Lexus Nexus.

    By the way, Google no longer indexes all pages in large websites, although I'd think that the Times site would be one of the exceptions. This was a result of the so-called Panda algorithm change, a later version of it.
  29. @Hail

    under the caveat that “custom date range,” which seems to miss some articles for unknown reasons, still provides useful data
     
    An alternate method, as proposed above:

    13 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2006
    13 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2007
    25 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2008
    28 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2009
    8 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2010
    10 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2011
    18 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2012
    31 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2013
    30 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2014
    32 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2015
    50 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2016
    41 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2017
    50 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2018
    17 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2019

    2019 is on track for 41 or 42 articles with "racism" in the title for the year.

    (Asterisk -- something immediately seems suspicious about two years yielding exactly 50 hits, and another two yielding exactly 13 hits -- back to back.)

    Anyway, this data shows the same peaks in 2016 and 2018.

    I again fail to find any corroboration for the dramatic exponential pattern in the Goldberg data. Note that in the above, 2018 (50 hits) is less than 2x the '08-'09 rate (avg.: 26.5 hits), but in the Goldberg data, 2018 appears to be as much as 6x the '08-'09 rate. (And as Steve hints at in his OP, what if there were twice as many total articles published in 2018 as in 2008? That would mean, here, no real gain at all; zero.)

    One explanation for this could be qualitative (as I suggest in a comment above), as the data depicted in this comment are only for article titles, and some articles could toss in the word "racism" somewhere but not be "about" racism at all.

    More likely, there may be some kind of methodological problem(s) on someone's side, perhaps Goldberg/LexisNexis's or perhaps mine/Google's.

    Thanks for posting the results of your sleuthing.

  30. The hockey stick is coincident with Dean Baquet’s installation as chief editor in 2014. Baquet is a New Orleans creole.

    • Replies: @Walsh2
    Also appears to be coincident with Carlos Slim becoming largest shareholder.
  31. jon says:
    @PSR
    God Bless You Steve but no one believes any more that the NYT is a legitimate news source but only a Democrat Party house organ. They're hiring of renowned racist Sarah Jeong confirmed that news is secondary, leftist propaganda is their raison d'etre.

    no one believes any more that the NYT is a legitimate news source but only a Democrat Party house organ

    If you really want to feel like you landed in Bizarro World, go read what some of the left-leaning blogs have to say about the NYT (or what they usually call the FTFNYT). It’s straight-up apologist propaganda for the Republicans as far as they are concerned.

  32. @Reg Cæsar
    Another "great awokening", retweeted by David Byrne, of all people:

    ᴄᴀꜱᴇʀꜱᴀᴛᴢ
    @casersatz Apr 25



    Joe Biden
    Joe Bide
    Joe Bid
    Joe Bi
    Joe B
    Jo
    J
    Je
    Jeb
    Jeb B
    Jeb Bu
    Jeb Bus
    Jeb Bush
     

    I just texted my sister a few days ago that Trump’s nickname for Biden should be, simply, “Jeb”.

  33. @Paleo Liberal
    Once upon a time, Rangoon was the capitol of the Socialist Republic of Burma.

    Rangoon is no longer Rangoon.
    That city is no longer the capitol.
    Burma is no longer Burma.
    They even changed the flag.

    Unfortunately for the Myanmartians, changing the flag, the name of the capital, and even the name of the country still don’t change a shithole into a non-shithole.

    (I’m not trying to be all shitholier-than-thou, P.L., as I’m sure Madison has got its problems …)

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    I’ve talked to folks from Burma.

    Yes, it is a $h!t-hole still.

    From what I’ve heard, it isn’t as bad as it used to be.

    Imagine being in one of the lowest circles of Hell, and then rising up a level or two.
  34. @Redneck farmer
    If they didn't do the clickbait stuff though, they'd have to write articles that would cause noticing.

    As Steve wryly noted, then they could not just come out with articles via rectal extraction, meaning they’d have to have the writers actually observe things and even go places outside of that one neighborhood in Manhattan. They would need to do thinking, looking stuff up that is not on twitter, and what some people would call “reporting”. That takes a lot of damn effort and money, R.F.

    You can’t expect NY Times writers to be “journalizing the whole country”.

  35. I’m going to play amateur sociologist for just a second, but one of the things I seem to recall from those classes was the idea that revolution and other social unrest wasn’t most likely to occur when conditions were at their worst, but rather after a period of frustrated rising expectations. So I think a big part of the ongoing tantrum we are seeing from the left and the increase in accusations of racism from blacks reflects their unacknowledged disappointment with the Obama administration. Both groups had big expectations of what he was going to do for them while he was in office, but they believe that he mostly let them down. Of course they can’t acknowledge that the most left leaning president in U.S. history, and the only black one, failed. So it must be nefarious racism that is to blame, but given how unreasonable (and unrealistic) many of those expectations were he could hardly have given them what they wanted in eight years. I only wish I felt as bad about what he actually accomplished as I think they do.

  36. Anonymous[381] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    to Rangoon or wherever.
     
    Sad to say, Rangoon is no more.

    After 40 years of wage-undercutting immigration and offshoring, many American cities are barely there, the middle class portion of them, anyway, so there’s no need to send American reporters to Rangoon to find topics worthy of covering. This proves exactly what I‘ve noticed, not just with NYT.

    That First Great Awokening occurred about the time when Jesse Jackson ran for POTUS, and Al Sharption launched his hate-hoax crusade by persuading Twana Bradley, a 15-year-old girl, to accuse white men of gang rape. The Reverend Billy Clinton also used racial justice themes, calculatingly bringing back a simmering racial rage that I don’t remember, growing up in the South in the Eighties.

    Bill & Al did well for themselves with that race hustle, as NAFTA and global offshoring strip-mined the US middle class. Newspeople are surviving on the merchandising of impulse-buy articles at the expense of their credibility.

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    That's pretty astute of you.
  37. the NYT figured out a while ago that it could cheaply generate a lot of clickbait content without sending out expensive foreign correspondents to Rangoon or wherever.

    This implies that foreign stories about Rangoon or wherever are a reliable variety of clickbait.

    I suggest that is probably quite inaccurate. If possible, such stories, unless given some American-related hook, may very well be whatever the opposite of clickbait is.

  38. I wonder if there was a generational change about a decade ago? If the old guard retired around age 65, that means they would have graduated college in the 60s I believe, and been born in the 40s. That means early baby boomers who still had the values of the Old America despite their liberal leanings.

    With them gone, maybe there is no one to provide a counterweight to the younger Woke Folks.

  39. @Art Deco
    The hockey stick is coincident with Dean Baquet's installation as chief editor in 2014. Baquet is a New Orleans creole.

    Also appears to be coincident with Carlos Slim becoming largest shareholder.

  40. @Hail
    Here is an independent check (call it QC) of this data, using site:google.com and restricting the search to fixed date ranges. Not a perfect methodology, but advantages are: (is reproducible by anyone with access to Google (sorry, Godfree Roberts and others in China) and allows for a qualitative analysis.

    "Racism" hits in New York Times
    - 1.1.2011 to 1.10.2011: 12 total article hits, of which 5 articles have at least one hit for 'racism' in article main text and the other 7 are in comment sections
    - 1.1.2018 to 1.10.2018: 26 total article hits, of which 14 articles have at least one hit for 'racism' in article main text and the other 12 are in comment sections, links to other stories, alternate story titles, or other.

    This tripling of main-text hits (5 to 14) for a ten-day period separated by seven years, bears out an up-trend, but decidedly not on the scale of the 8x increase suggested by the Zach Goldberg-compiled data.

    One immediate finding: There are many appearances of the term in comment-sections and in embedded tweets. These could be seen as the Tail Wagging the Dog. Other hits for "racism" are in embedded links to other stories, or in alternate story titles that were later revised. Should these sorts of hits count as article hits, or not? A methodological dilemma.

    _________________________

    Here is the qualitative part of the above:

    It looks like the hits in 2011 are often on the frivolous side, two about Huckleberry Finn, one what appears to be actual news-reporting ("Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined") and not a lecture dressed up as news; IOW, reporting what counter-protesters said rather than sneeringly inserting the accusation into the main text and fluffing it up to article-length.

    Top eight 'racism' hits in the first ten days of January 2011:

    'Huckleberry Finn' Offers a Teachable Moment

    Jan 6, 2011 - Censoring a word fails to address deeper problems with racism in our society. "Huckleberry Finn" is a classic that can provide a kind of “teachable moment” for ...
     

    The Words of Pap Finn's Rant

    Jan 6, 2011 - To understand how racism works in America it is necessary to understand how this word has been used to inflict pain on black people, challenge their humanity, ...
     

    Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined

    Jan 5, 2011 - ... National Press Club, was interrupted four times by protesters who stood one by one to brandish posters and accuse the lawmakers of intolerance and racism.
     

    With the P.K.K. in Iraq's Qandil Mountains

    Jan 5, 2011 - Shiho Fukada for The New York Times Big Brother: Painted on flat stones laid on a hillside, one of many portraits of the P.K.K. founder Abdullah Ocalan stares ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter Merkil, a critic of the PKK, writes: "...[dealing with the PKK] is seen as racism and "completely criminalizing all political activity" from your ivory towers...")
     

    A Language Barrier: Kurdish? Arabic? English?

    Jan 6, 2011 - As the first in a series of posts explores, a language barrier is emerging in the Kurdistan region north of Iraq. It divides the country not only linguistically, but also ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter FreeKurdistan writes: "Did anyone else noticed that the article was written by an Arab? Does anyone else see the very subtle hints of racism? Only a Kurd would notice such things, since we have been oppressed for so long.")
     

    Japan Curbs Hiring Foreigners Even as Labor Shortage Looms

    Jan 2, 2011 - Immigration provides one remedy to Japan's lethargic economy, but Tokyo is resisting accepting young workers.

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter World Citizen writes: "I suggest that the xenophobes who say that Japanese should preserve their "pure" identity at all costs (even their own extinction) and that their racism is kind of harmless after all, should watch the movie "City of Life and Death" about the Nanking massacre...")
     

    Should the Racial Epithets Be Removed From 'Huck Finn'?

    Jan 6, 2011 - However, it also enabled us to open up the discussion on racism, and allowed them to understand how much America has progressed since the 1930s.
     

    First South Carolina. Then New York?

    Jan 6, 2011 - In the wake of South Carolina's vote to secession in late December 1860, Americans both North and South anxiously wondered which state would be next to ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter J.D. Crutchfield writes: "The gentleman is correct about the racism of the Northern farmers..."; commenter gotnotruck writes: "I'd never seen racism until I went to Boston...")
     
    Top eight 'racism' hits in the first ten days of January 2018:

    Death Penalty Case Heard by Racist Juror Is Reopened by Supreme

    Jan 8, 2018 - WASHINGTON — Saying that a capital trial in Georgia may have been marred by a juror's racism, the Supreme Court on Monday gave a death row inmate there ...
     

    H&M Apologizes for 'Monkey' Image Featuring Black Child

    Jan 8, 2018 - Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Oct. 8, 2017. Image. Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Subscribe to With Interest. Catch up and prep for the week ...

    (Note: It appears 'racism' does not appear in the main text here, but in a link to a previous NYT story ["Dove Drops Ad Accused of Racism"].)
     

    Daniel Kaluuya Isn't Waiting for Your Approval

    Jan 4, 2018 - The breakout star of “Get Out” says he can relate to his character: “Being young, working class and black, everything you do is policed.” Daniel Kaluuya in ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter City Lady writes: "We all get that there’s a lot of racism in the US and didn’t need this movie to illustrate it.")
     

    Sam Rockwell's Golden Globes Win Fuels a Debate

    Jan 7, 2018 - Sam Rockwell is the kind of actor for whom “supporting actor” categories were invented: a steady, colorful presence in acclaimed movies that are often ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article main text but does appear in the URL for the story; the closest the main text comes is: "Mr. Rockwell’s character is a police officer who, among other sins, is deeply racist."
     

    Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online

    Jan 4, 2018 - Is Japan the only country that doesn't know that Black Face is UNACCEPTABLE and RACIST #racism pic.twitter.com/zoSXded3N0. — MattyO (@labluejp) ...

    (Note: The term"racism" here appears to be from a verbatim republication of a tweet.)
     

    Vienna 'New Year's Baby' Greeted First With Hate, Then Hearts

    Jan 4, 2018 - 4, 2018 , on Page A4 of the New York edition with the headline: Vienna Welcomes 2018 Baby With Online Hate and Racism. Order Reprints | Today's Paper | ...

    (Note: This is about a Muslim refugee couple being one of the first babies born on Jan. 1, 2018. Main-text content includes: "But instead of good wishes from the citizens who read her birth announcement, splashed across Austrian newspapers on New Year’s Day, the little girl and her family were greeted with a wave of racism, disgust and hate.")
     

    Opinion | Faust on the Potomac

    Jan 5, 2018 - The cynical bargain I'm talking about, of course, was the decision to exploit racism to advance a right-wing economic agenda. Talk about welfare queens driving ...
     

    How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

    Jan 2, 2018 - The tragedy and senselessness of racism is felt throughout “Not Without Laughter,” and Hughes takes care to show how it manifests itself in ways small and ...
     

    You started boring and ended long-winded.

  41. Although it started earlier, “racism” has taken off exponentially in the age of Trump. This is like the “homeless problem”, which only exists during Republican administrations. When Democrats are in the White House, no one ever speaks about the homeless and about how it is the President’s fault that mentally ill alcoholics prefer to live in the streets. It’s not a coincidence that the all time low for “racism” was 2011 , smack in the middle of the Obama Presidency and in a non-election year.

    Trump has been exceedingly lucky in that the economy has been strong – if there was a recession then Trump would be portrayed in the press as the reincarnation of Herbert Hoover and Melania would be Marie Antoinette.

    America’s “racism” problem is only going to get worse until after the 2020 election. By that point, either the drumbeat of “racism” will have aWOKEned the black and young Leftist vote and put a Democrat (preferably a person of color like Liz Warren) in the White House or it will have failed and there will be no point in bringing it up until the run-up to the 2022 Congressional elections.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Although it started earlier, “racism” has taken off exponentially in the age of Trump. This is like the “homeless problem”, which only exists during Republican administrations. When Democrats are in the White House, no one ever speaks about the homeless and about how it is the President’s fault that mentally ill alcoholics prefer to live in the streets. It’s not a coincidence that the all time low for “racism” was 2011 , smack in the middle of the Obama Presidency and in a non-election year.
     
    I disagree. Late stage Obama was rife with talk of racism, but it was under its permutations like "hate" and "implicit bias" so the full force doesn't register in this chart.

    After 2010 when Obama wouldn't be exposed to election again and the Democrats felt disrespected by the electorate they expressed what the'd been feeling for the preceding 6+ years much more explicitly - viz, the only rationale for not loving Mr. Obama and his policies is hate. It was at this time that the Democrat Intelligentsia questioned whether it should tailor its policies to win a significant share of the white working class, or whether the coalition of the fringes had emerged such that they could go "full Bulworth."

    Once Democrats felt untethered to the white working class, there was no real reason not to run it down in explicit terms, and the all-purpose accusation of political heresy is "racism" regardless of the existence or lack of evidence. Accusations of racism in all of its forms are, of course, calculated to excite the black and brown elements of the Democrats' voting base.

    This approach obviously didn't work all that well in 2016, but the long term its likelihood of success remains to be seen.
  42. @Hail
    Below is an independent check (call it QC) of this data, using site:google.com and restricting the search to fixed date ranges. Not a perfect methodology, but two advantages are: (1) It is reproducible by anyone with access to Google (sorry, Godfree Roberts, and others in China); (2) allows for a qualitative analysis of article content, verifiable by anyone, to see what type of articles are getting the hits.

    "Racism" hits in New York Times:

    - Jan.1.2011 to Jan.10.2011: 12 total article hits, of which 5 articles have at least one hit for 'racism' in article main-text (the other 7 are in comment sections);

    - Jan.1.2018 to Jan.10.2018: 26 total article hits, of which 14 articles have at least one hit for 'racism' in article main-text (the other 12 are in comment sections, links to other stories, alternate story titles, from embedded Tweets, or other).

    This increase of main-text hits (5 to 14) for 2018 over the same ten-day period in 2011 does bear out an up-trend for "racism" appearances in NYT, but decidedly does not bear out a mushrooming on the scale of the 8x, as suggested by the Zach Goldberg-compiled data.

    A big methodological problem, or potential problem, is the many appearances of the term in comment-sections and in embedded tweets by "regular people." Comments and Tweets could be seen as the Tail Wagging the Dog. Other hits for "racism" are in embedded links to other stories, or cases in which the URL does not match the title for whatever reason. Should any or all of the above count as legitimate hits? A little methodological dilemma.

    _________________________

    On the qualitative side:

    It looks like the Jan. 2011 hits are often on the quaint side; several are about Huckleberry Finn. One from 2011 appears to be (surprisingly) actual news-reporting ("Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined"), not that kind of lecture-dressed-up-as-news we are now used to; IOW, the writer reported what counter-protesters to some newsworthy thing said, rather than sneeringly inserting the "racism" accusation into the main text and fluffing it up to article-length, as passes for much journalism by the late 2010s.

    The 2018 hits display a marked move downward in quality, into what would have been the purviews of tabloids and local TV news a generation ago: Racist juror in a trial discovered; Japanese using blackface; racist clothing ad; Internet commenters who criticized and/or trolled a Muslim refugee couple who had the first baby born in Austria in 2018.

    Tentative conclusion: It's not that the NYT is cranking up the megaphone to '11' and shouting "racism" at its audience in a fashion more-or-less explicitly meant to brainwash (to put it harshly, maybe). consciously meant to keep people on the reservation, a form of political control in our "media-run state" system (rather than a "state-run media"). (I like the term "regime media" to describe this it blunt terms.) It's easy to take away this conclusion. There is that, but some form of that has been a staple of the prestige media for decades, and the data is not suggestive of it having kicked 'bigly' into overdrive (8x!) in the 2010s.

    What has happened in the 2010s appears more to be a move towards lower quality journalism overall, horning-in on National Inquirer-like media territory and thereby cramming in words like "racism" more and more. To sell papers, or to get clicks in this case, sensationalist stories sell. The NYT only discredicts itself by doing this. (Would the "H&M Monkey T-Shirt Offends Blacks" story have been published by any NYT editor in up to the late 20th century?).

    __________________

    The top eight 'racism' hits in the first ten days of January 2011:


    'Huckleberry Finn' Offers a Teachable Moment

    Jan 6, 2011 - Censoring a word fails to address deeper problems with racism in our society. "Huckleberry Finn" is a classic that can provide a kind of “teachable moment” for ...
     


    The Words of Pap Finn's Rant

    Jan 6, 2011 - To understand how racism works in America it is necessary to understand how this word has been used to inflict pain on black people, challenge their humanity, ...
     


    Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined

    Jan 5, 2011 - ... National Press Club, was interrupted four times by protesters who stood one by one to brandish posters and accuse the lawmakers of intolerance and racism.
     


    With the P.K.K. in Iraq's Qandil Mountains

    Jan 5, 2011 - Shiho Fukada for The New York Times Big Brother: Painted on flat stones laid on a hillside, one of many portraits of the P.K.K. founder Abdullah Ocalan stares ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter Merkil, a critic of the PKK, writes: "...[dealing with the PKK] is seen as racism and "completely criminalizing all political activity" from your ivory towers...")
     


    A Language Barrier: Kurdish? Arabic? English?

    Jan 6, 2011 - As the first in a series of posts explores, a language barrier is emerging in the Kurdistan region north of Iraq. It divides the country not only linguistically, but also ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter FreeKurdistan writes: "Did anyone else noticed that the article was written by an Arab? Does anyone else see the very subtle hints of racism? Only a Kurd would notice such things, since we have been oppressed for so long.")
     


    Japan Curbs Hiring Foreigners Even as Labor Shortage Looms

    Jan 2, 2011 - Immigration provides one remedy to Japan's lethargic economy, but Tokyo is resisting accepting young workers.

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter World Citizen writes: "I suggest that the xenophobes who say that Japanese should preserve their "pure" identity at all costs (even their own extinction) and that their racism is kind of harmless after all, should watch the movie "City of Life and Death" about the Nanking massacre...")
     


    Should the Racial Epithets Be Removed From 'Huck Finn'?

    Jan 6, 2011 - However, it also enabled us to open up the discussion on racism, and allowed them to understand how much America has progressed since the 1930s.
     


    First South Carolina. Then New York?

    Jan 6, 2011 - In the wake of South Carolina's vote to secession in late December 1860, Americans both North and South anxiously wondered which state would be next to ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter J.D. Crutchfield writes: "The gentleman is correct about the racism of the Northern farmers..."; commenter gotnotruck writes: "I'd never seen racism until I went to Boston...")
     

    The top eight 'racism' hits in the first ten days of January 2018:

    Death Penalty Case Heard by Racist Juror Is Reopened by Supreme

    Jan 8, 2018 - WASHINGTON — Saying that a capital trial in Georgia may have been marred by a juror's racism, the Supreme Court on Monday gave a death row inmate there ...
     


    H&M Apologizes for 'Monkey' Image Featuring Black Child

    Jan 8, 2018 - Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Oct. 8, 2017. Image. Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Subscribe to With Interest. Catch up and prep for the week ...

    (Note: It appears 'racism' does not appear in the main text here, but in a link to a previous NYT story ["Dove Drops Ad Accused of Racism"].)
     


    Daniel Kaluuya Isn't Waiting for Your Approval

    Jan 4, 2018 - The breakout star of “Get Out” says he can relate to his character: “Being young, working class and black, everything you do is policed.” Daniel Kaluuya in ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter City Lady writes: "We all get that there’s a lot of racism in the US and didn’t need this movie to illustrate it.")
     


    Sam Rockwell's Golden Globes Win Fuels a Debate

    Jan 7, 2018 - Sam Rockwell is the kind of actor for whom “supporting actor” categories were invented: a steady, colorful presence in acclaimed movies that are often ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article main text but does appear in the URL for the story; the closest the main text comes is: "Mr. Rockwell’s character is a police officer who, among other sins, is deeply racist."
     


    Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online

    Jan 4, 2018 - Is Japan the only country that doesn't know that Black Face is UNACCEPTABLE and RACIST #racism pic.twitter.com/zoSXded3N0. — MattyO (@labluejp) ...

    (Note: The term"racism" here appears to be from a verbatim republication of a tweet.)
     


    Vienna 'New Year's Baby' Greeted First With Hate, Then Hearts

    Jan 4, 2018 - 4, 2018 , on Page A4 of the New York edition with the headline: Vienna Welcomes 2018 Baby With Online Hate and Racism. Order Reprints | Today's Paper | ...

    (Note: This is about a Muslim refugee couple being one of the first babies born on Jan. 1, 2018. Main-text content includes: "But instead of good wishes from the citizens who read her birth announcement, splashed across Austrian newspapers on New Year’s Day, the little girl and her family were greeted with a wave of racism, disgust and hate.")
     


    Opinion | Faust on the Potomac

    Jan 5, 2018 - The cynical bargain I'm talking about, of course, was the decision to exploit racism to advance a right-wing economic agenda. Talk about welfare queens driving ...
     


    How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

    Jan 2, 2018 - The tragedy and senselessness of racism is felt throughout “Not Without Laughter,” and Hughes takes care to show how it manifests itself in ways small and ...
     

    Notice that virtually all of the “racism” mentioned in the NYT falls into 3 categories:

    1. Racism in the distant past
    2. Racism in other countries
    3. Racism in Current Year America that is utterly trivial or impossibly vague (“society is racist”) – in the Dove soap ad (this “racist incident” really never got traction because it was so trivial and because Dove pulled the ad at the first complaint), a series of women pull their shirts over their heads and when they do, another woman is revealed beneath, Russian doll style thanks to the magic of CGI. Dove’s mistake was that somewhere in this sequence a black woman pulled off her shirt and beneath was a white woman . This meant that a “dirty” black person has been cleansed into whiteness – RACIST.

    Once you exclude those 3 types of “racism” there are only a couple of articles left that deal with any sort of serious racism (or even allegations of serious racism) in America today.

  43. @Reg Cæsar
    Another "great awokening", retweeted by David Byrne, of all people:

    ᴄᴀꜱᴇʀꜱᴀᴛᴢ
    @casersatz Apr 25



    Joe Biden
    Joe Bide
    Joe Bid
    Joe Bi
    Joe B
    Jo
    J
    Je
    Jeb
    Jeb B
    Jeb Bu
    Jeb Bus
    Jeb Bush
     

    Now, do the same thing twice more in the row and you ‘ll get that magic, three letter word acronym from which Coalition of the Fringes gets glued together.

  44. @Anon
    OT

    An unexpected piece in the Atlantic:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/05/self-censorship-campus-bad-science/589969/

    It's a Brazilian evolution/genetics professor at Williams College musing on the recent trend of his students to deny the science of the heritability of IQ, IQ itself, differences between the sexes, kin selection (favoritism to family members), etc.

    I can't decide if he's some sort of concern troll who conned his way into the Atlantic, or if the Atlantic is opening up a bit, becoming more like NewYork Magazine, which has the occasional non-PC piece (and is Sullivan's home).

    I’ve always gotten the sense that Atlantic and others carry some concern about becoming the Party shill, so they will slip in some bad-think to retain a little edginess.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I’ve always gotten the sense that Atlantic and others carry some concern about becoming the Party shill, so they will slip in some bad-think to retain a little edginess.
     
    And to sell space for all those cute little ads.


    (It is the Atlantic where those run, isn't it? Their counterpart to the New Yorker's cartoons. Or am I thinking of Harper's?)

  45. @PSR
    God Bless You Steve but no one believes any more that the NYT is a legitimate news source but only a Democrat Party house organ. They're hiring of renowned racist Sarah Jeong confirmed that news is secondary, leftist propaganda is their raison d'etre.

    no one believes any more that the NYT is a legitimate news source but only a Democrat Party house organ.

    I don’t think so.

    The more casual audiences that aren’t news junkies are more influenced by propaganda from outlets like the NYT. The NYT has great influence. There is a heightened understanding that news such as the NYT is often deliberately biased. And less people would seriously or believably claim the NYT to be some objective authority.

    Also, remember there were loud voices criticizing the NYT for decades. The book “Coloring the News” in 2001 springs to mind, but the mainstream perception of biased news didn’t take off for another decade or so.

    This is my own casual intuition, of course, not something backed by a proper study.

  46. John Cleese once again notes there aren’t many English people left in London. Apparently him pointing this out is more hurtful than English people having to watch their own capital city become a foreign land.

    • Replies: @Altai
    Just don't mention that much of this is due to huge numbers of Eastern and Southern European EU immigrants.
  47. I feel that in the late Obama era we started to see a diversity or racisms such that the old tried word “racism” was probably replaced by other euphemisms – the chart may not capture this.

    It would be interesting to re-run the graphs and overlay the euphemisms for racism as other colors, and perhaps to aggregate them all in a separate chart.

    “Implicit bias,” “police brutality,” “unarmed black,” “white supremacy,” “discrimination,” and the like.

    Let us christen our new field “Hateronomics.”

  48. @Anon
    OT

    An unexpected piece in the Atlantic:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/05/self-censorship-campus-bad-science/589969/

    It's a Brazilian evolution/genetics professor at Williams College musing on the recent trend of his students to deny the science of the heritability of IQ, IQ itself, differences between the sexes, kin selection (favoritism to family members), etc.

    I can't decide if he's some sort of concern troll who conned his way into the Atlantic, or if the Atlantic is opening up a bit, becoming more like NewYork Magazine, which has the occasional non-PC piece (and is Sullivan's home).

    It’s not a he, it’s a she, and she is painfully white and from another culture (Brasil) so she doesn’t know that it’s time for white people in America to sit down and let people of color do all the ‘splainin’ that is necessary from now on and to quit her racis’ bullsheet.

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/this-scientist-took-on-student-activists-who-cheered-for-censorship-now-shes-refuting-their-violence-claims/

    • Replies: @Anon
    Wow, what a lady!

    This makes it even more puzzling that the Atlantic published her.
  49. Goldberg’s data suggest that we got woke after the failure of OWS in 2012. At that point, the activists decided that if they couldn’t beat global capital, they’d join it. They ditched the economic half of their agenda, which (unexpectedly or not) made the Diversity that remained not only inoffensive but even appealing to university presidents and Wall Street bankers alike. The whole was fused into a new sparkling neoliberal edifice. Much meaningful opposition has already been assimilated. Right now it is so powerful and so totally unopposed that it can waste inordinate resources punishing even minor adversaries.

    • Replies: @Guy De Champlagne
    Goldberg’s data suggest that we got woke after the failure of OWS in 2012.

    OWS as in Occupy Wall Street. Sounds better than any of Steve's theories about Obama exterting some kind of superhuman influence.
  50. @Jack D
    Although it started earlier, "racism" has taken off exponentially in the age of Trump. This is like the "homeless problem", which only exists during Republican administrations. When Democrats are in the White House, no one ever speaks about the homeless and about how it is the President's fault that mentally ill alcoholics prefer to live in the streets. It's not a coincidence that the all time low for "racism" was 2011 , smack in the middle of the Obama Presidency and in a non-election year.

    Trump has been exceedingly lucky in that the economy has been strong - if there was a recession then Trump would be portrayed in the press as the reincarnation of Herbert Hoover and Melania would be Marie Antoinette.

    America's "racism" problem is only going to get worse until after the 2020 election. By that point, either the drumbeat of "racism" will have aWOKEned the black and young Leftist vote and put a Democrat (preferably a person of color like Liz Warren) in the White House or it will have failed and there will be no point in bringing it up until the run-up to the 2022 Congressional elections.

    Although it started earlier, “racism” has taken off exponentially in the age of Trump. This is like the “homeless problem”, which only exists during Republican administrations. When Democrats are in the White House, no one ever speaks about the homeless and about how it is the President’s fault that mentally ill alcoholics prefer to live in the streets. It’s not a coincidence that the all time low for “racism” was 2011 , smack in the middle of the Obama Presidency and in a non-election year.

    I disagree. Late stage Obama was rife with talk of racism, but it was under its permutations like “hate” and “implicit bias” so the full force doesn’t register in this chart.

    After 2010 when Obama wouldn’t be exposed to election again and the Democrats felt disrespected by the electorate they expressed what the’d been feeling for the preceding 6+ years much more explicitly – viz, the only rationale for not loving Mr. Obama and his policies is hate. It was at this time that the Democrat Intelligentsia questioned whether it should tailor its policies to win a significant share of the white working class, or whether the coalition of the fringes had emerged such that they could go “full Bulworth.”

    Once Democrats felt untethered to the white working class, there was no real reason not to run it down in explicit terms, and the all-purpose accusation of political heresy is “racism” regardless of the existence or lack of evidence. Accusations of racism in all of its forms are, of course, calculated to excite the black and brown elements of the Democrats’ voting base.

    This approach obviously didn’t work all that well in 2016, but the long term its likelihood of success remains to be seen.

  51. @Mr. Grey
    Racism is to the 21st century what Witchcraft was to the 17th.

    Meanwhile , Memorial Day Weekend was widely celebrated in some places:

    42 People Shot In Chicago Over Memorial Day Weekend…

    As a response, the Mayor of Sanctuary Chiraq invokes Flood, which is just fancy code word for “Oklahoma Butchezs Are Here To Bust That Gentrification Cap In Your AssHood” :

    Lightfoot stressed that gun violence is not how residents should resolve disputes.

    For those who think it is, we can give them no quarter, they can have no sanctuary in our city,” she said.

    “We’ve got to make sure we flood these areas with a lot more resources.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-28/warzone-42-people-shot-chicago-over-memorial-day-weekend

    • Replies: @newrouter
    this also

    The Lie That Will Not Die and the Truth about Black Mass Shooters
    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/05/the_lie_that_will_not_die_and_the_truth_about_black_mass_shooters.html
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Lightfoot stressed that gun violence is not how residents should resolve disputes.
     
    The other Lightfoot did this when the mayor was in grade school:



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnS5M4Jvpz8

    As did Mac Davis a few years before, more explicitly. He pitched this to Sammy Davis, Jr, and played it for Jesse Jackson, but this white guy recorded it instead:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ox1Tore9nw
  52. J.Ross says: • Website

    Indulging pinkhair interns is fine as long as some news gets reported.
    Does the NYT write any articles at all about white victims of nonwhite racism?
    Did the NYT do one article on Ebba?
    ———
    That red-haired literary Lena Dunham said something that has kept my autism triggered to the present. When I had rabbits and they were litter trained I would lay with them on my belly (which is maximally comfy by the way): I am therefore well aware of the density of a rabbit. But surely a rat would have to be as dense as a rabbit. It would have to be, physically. Did she mean “weight” but wanted to sound all #IFknLoveScience?
    ———
    After nearly a decade of the least effective CIA op in history, Medicines Sans Morality is restarting the exact same claims using the same tone to try to start a war with Syria, with the customary BBC radio perch. It’s like when the hyper-spammed photo of the little “refugee” boy failed to get folks to accept rape and beheadings, so the khaalidj gradgits decided in their wisdom to try … another hyperspammed photo of a “refugee” boy.
    In other news, Assad is still alive.

  53. @Hail

    renowned racist Sarah Jeong
     
    Recently retired from her overtly anti-White Tweet-crusade -- perhaps asked nicely by her editor, or (((editor))), at the New York Times -- she is now more subtle, but likely isn't fooling anyone:

    sarah jeong Retweeted

    @MoiraDonegan
    May 27

    Periodic reminder that housework, childcare, and elder care are work, even when they’re done for free. Women don’t perform these tasks out of love or some mystical, natural compulsion. We do them because they need to be done, and we’re the ones who get punished if they’re not.
     

    sarah jeong Retweeted

    Andy Campbell [Verified account]
    @AndyBCampbell
    May 22

    EXCLUSIVE: The Proud Boys extremist gang says it’s a “drinking club,” and sues those who suggest otherwise.

    Leaked private chat logs reveal they spend months plotting violence for rallies. Weapons, cops, tactics, optics -- their attacks are planned.
     

    “Periodic reminder that housework, childcare, and elder care are work, even when they’re done for free.”

    Done for free?

    Lady, ain’t nothing free.

    A man pays by giving up 45 hours of his life every week just so he can earn the money to keep a roof over your head and provide food and clothing for you and the kids. I suppose you think he “perform[s] these tasks out of love or some mystical, natural compulsion.” Well, yes. Actually, we men do them for both that and “because they need to be done”.

    Just because you’re not motivated by “love or some mystical natural compulsion” doesn’t mean the rest of us share your pathology. You may want to ease off a bit and not advertise that you speak only for amoral freaks.

  54. @Altai
    The big difference I see is Twitter. Prior to Twitter people didn't use social media for political debate except perhaps among highly political male friends with opposite opinions.

    2012 was the first Presidential election to take place where Twitter had a serious userbase. It was inevitable that it would introduce to it's Anglosphere a political dimension that hadn't been as widespread.

    Twitter is a platform synonymous with young women, a cohort one doesn't much see the political opinions from much otherwise, indeed, they didn't really seem to be a cohort with very strong political opinions at all. Remember when the joke was 'There are no girls posting on the internet" whereas now we accept the bulk of posting online today is from women on social media.

    When Twitter became a place where it was normal for young women under their own real names to occasionally decide to try to gain status by virtue signalling or complaining about men. Into that matrix SJW thoughts and ideas on the fringe enter and become normalised in a way that would be much more difficult. Effectively Twitter becomes a feeder for ideas normalised on Tumblr (Often by 15 year old BPDs who don't take it seriously but desperately want to feel part of a community) and Twitter becomes a surrogate social group for these young women teaching them what is 'not okay'.

    With this new mechanism purity spiralling intensifies and SJWs run riot.

    Excellent post. With its anonymous nature, there are still no chicks on 4chan.

    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
    You do get a constant trickle of Femanons doing a drive-by for attention. Half-abandoning anonymity and announcing their fem status.
    But they invariably fall foul of The Rules, the first of which, in this case, is cited below.

    We have rules on this board, and if we don't follow those rules we are nothing but animals. Now show us your tits or GTFO.
     
    also "post feet".
    The rest have the sense to lurk, or just remain Anon., a proud degenerate among degenerates.
  55. Somewhat OT: The wages of WWG/WWT.

    When I went to museums as a 14 year old, I loved them. But the way I felt about my sexuality and gender was NEVER reflected in the accounts of human history. This is harmful, isolating and scary. If you’ve never felt scared or isolated in a museum, that’s great, lucky you.

    This man is insane or acting insane for plaudits. But either way he works on building museum exhibits.

  56. Anon[483] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hail

    under the caveat that “custom date range,” which seems to miss some articles for unknown reasons, still provides useful data
     
    An alternate method, as proposed above:

    13 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2006
    13 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2007
    25 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2008
    28 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2009
    8 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2010
    10 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2011
    18 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2012
    31 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2013
    30 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2014
    32 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2015
    50 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2016
    41 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2017
    50 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2018
    17 hits @ site:nytimes.com intitle:racism AND inurl:2019

    2019 is on track for 41 or 42 articles with "racism" in the title for the year.

    (Asterisk -- something immediately seems suspicious about two years yielding exactly 50 hits, and another two yielding exactly 13 hits -- back to back.)

    Anyway, this data shows the same peaks in 2016 and 2018.

    I again fail to find any corroboration for the dramatic exponential pattern in the Goldberg data. Note that in the above, 2018 (50 hits) is less than 2x the '08-'09 rate (avg.: 26.5 hits), but in the Goldberg data, 2018 appears to be as much as 6x the '08-'09 rate. (And as Steve hints at in his OP, what if there were twice as many total articles published in 2018 as in 2008? That would mean, here, no real gain at all; zero.)

    One explanation for this could be qualitative (as I suggest in a comment above), as the data depicted in this comment are only for article titles, and some articles could toss in the word "racism" somewhere but not be "about" racism at all.

    More likely, there may be some kind of methodological problem(s) on someone's side, perhaps Goldberg/LexisNexis's or perhaps mine/Google's.

    Interesting, thanks.

    Yet another idea is to use the New York Times’s own search, rather than Lexus Nexus.

    By the way, Google no longer indexes all pages in large websites, although I’d think that the Times site would be one of the exceptions. This was a result of the so-called Panda algorithm change, a later version of it.

  57. I don’t see the term ‘Holocaust’ in Goldberg’s list. I’d expect the chart to resemble the Great Wall of Mexico, but who knows?

  58. @Jack D
    It's not a he, it's a she, and she is painfully white and from another culture (Brasil) so she doesn't know that it's time for white people in America to sit down and let people of color do all the 'splainin' that is necessary from now on and to quit her racis' bullsheet.


    https://www.thecollegefix.com/this-scientist-took-on-student-activists-who-cheered-for-censorship-now-shes-refuting-their-violence-claims/

    Wow, what a lady!

    This makes it even more puzzling that the Atlantic published her.

  59. Something to keep in mind is that the NYT figured out a while ago that it could cheaply generate a lot of clickbait content without sending out expensive foreign correspondents to Rangoon or wherever.

    The legacy media is nobody’s notion of a unalloyed good, but the entirety of the MSM sinking to the level of those crap links about how “You won’t believe what someone who was famous 30 years ago looks like NOW!” is a shameful debasement that serves no one at all.

  60. @Paleo Liberal
    Once upon a time, Rangoon was the capitol of the Socialist Republic of Burma.

    Rangoon is no longer Rangoon.
    That city is no longer the capitol.
    Burma is no longer Burma.
    They even changed the flag.

    They’ve moved Beyond Rangoon….

  61. Anon[330] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s just that Carlos Slim has figured out how to Mexicanize the NYT. He’s trying for the audience of stupid low-class ethnic chicks that love tabloid crap and watch telenovas. Part of the problem is that Men Don’t Read. Men like to play videogames or watch sports on TV instead of reading books or newspapers, and there’s a serious drop in the number of white men who will read left-wing newspapers these days. Once the smart white guys who run things have decided to unsubscribe from the NYT, the NYT has to chase another audience with a different type of article. Slim is targeting low-class ethnic chicks because he’s discovered its easy to provoke them into becoming upset and subscribing after they sample articles stuffed with crap about their hair or I’m-so-oppressed clickbait, or, ideally speaking, both at the same time.

    Big New York City publishing houses discovered this long ago with the Holocaust. When they publish Holocaust books and advertise them, they’re get the entire Jewish public all shaking and crying, but most importantly, shelling out full price for those Holocaust books and sending them to the top of the NYT bestseller list. Publishers make a mint out of upsetting Jews, much the same way the Southern Poverty Law Center made a mint by trying to upset Jews enough to make them open their wallets and donate.

    Targeting neurotics is a big money-making industry. You can milk them forever by writing material that triggers them.

    • Replies: @Charon
    Slim has nothing to do with editorial policy at the NYT and doesn't even own a substantial number of shares.
    , @Jack D
    I highly doubt this. It's one thing to get Jews to read, another thing to get Mexicans to read. The average Mexican gal has read maybe one book in her lifetime and it's a comic book or a romance novel. If they have any disposable income it isn't going to books or newspapers. Maybe to a movie gossip type magazine or a fashion mag. Can you name a single Mexican newspaper?
  62. @PSR
    God Bless You Steve but no one believes any more that the NYT is a legitimate news source but only a Democrat Party house organ. They're hiring of renowned racist Sarah Jeong confirmed that news is secondary, leftist propaganda is their raison d'etre.

    The NYT always was a demokrat party newsletter but…at least they could claim first rate reporters like David Halberstam, Tad Szulc etal. and op ed types like Scottie Reston. With the rapid demise of print media in general, whatever quality the Times had has gone south and down the tubes. Hence we get the likes of that Jeong woman and the insipid Mo Dowd.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Dowd's been at the Sulzburger Birdcage Liner for 30-odd years, and a columnist since 1995. Her predecessor on the op-ed page was Anna Quindlen, who is insufferable to a degree Dowd cannot manage.
  63. eah says:

    YOOOOOO LOOK AT THIS — follow the link and watch the short video of what Google shows (at least in the video) when you do an image search for “three black teens” vs “three white teens” (about what one would expect) — then scroll down thru the thread and look at the reactions (“).

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    As often happens with tweeting people claiming to have witnessed something, many of the replies are mainstream journalists who somehow found the time in their busy day to notice the tweet and ask if they can use it.
  64. Steve has he engaged with you yet in Twitter? Very annoying when they don’t.

  65. @Hail

    renowned racist Sarah Jeong
     
    Recently retired from her overtly anti-White Tweet-crusade -- perhaps asked nicely by her editor, or (((editor))), at the New York Times -- she is now more subtle, but likely isn't fooling anyone:

    sarah jeong Retweeted

    @MoiraDonegan
    May 27

    Periodic reminder that housework, childcare, and elder care are work, even when they’re done for free. Women don’t perform these tasks out of love or some mystical, natural compulsion. We do them because they need to be done, and we’re the ones who get punished if they’re not.
     

    sarah jeong Retweeted

    Andy Campbell [Verified account]
    @AndyBCampbell
    May 22

    EXCLUSIVE: The Proud Boys extremist gang says it’s a “drinking club,” and sues those who suggest otherwise.

    Leaked private chat logs reveal they spend months plotting violence for rallies. Weapons, cops, tactics, optics -- their attacks are planned.
     

    I googled Moira Donegan. Even among a horde of spiteful, disingenuous feminists, she stands out as an especially nasty piece of work.

    Nothing subtle–or bearable–about her.

  66. @Anon
    I'd like to see some clickbait along the lines of, Why must white people be forced to look at the esthetic disaster that is black hair?"

    That might rival posts like "Men prefer debt-free virgins without tattoos."

    There should be a site for this kind of stuff along the lines of Everyday Feminism. Unlike The Onion you think, "I'm pretty sure these guys are serious. Well maybe not. No, they're definitely serious. Probably."

    To the extent that people think the stuff is serious, the more irate they get. If they think they're being Elfwicked, they tend to ignore it.
  67. @Hail

    The recent low point was 2011 with only 291 articles about racism
     
    It's probably important to note that we don't know if those articles were "about" racism, only that the text string 'r-a-c-i-s-m' gets (at least one) hit in those articles.

    A hit could mean it is, in fact, the topic of the article, or it could be a series of cases with one single use buried way at the bottom of 2,000-word articles on golf course architecture or other innocuous subjects.

    Put another way:

    A qualitative analysis would verify or refute the apparent quantitative pattern(s).

    The terminology changes over time as well. For example, “white privilege” has largely displaced “racism” as the operative term of anti-white abuse starting in about 2014.

    “Racism” is now mostly paired with the terms “institutional” or “systemic,” which refer to anything bad that happens to minorities — and which must therefore be white people’s fault — because, after all, who else’s fault could it be?

  68. Person of color sets self on fire near White House:

    https://nypost.com/2019/05/29/man-sets-himself-on-fire-near-white-house/

    White people to be blamed in three, two…

  69. Wokeness appears to be, at least slightly, economically pro-cyclical.

    Also, the recent spike in “racism” articles might be due, at least in part, to Google tracking searches: the public isn’t as interested in “Rangoon” as they claim to be, so there is even less incentive for newspapers to invest money in covering complex foreign affairs.

  70. It’s true that woke content is both cheap and popular. The problem is, it’s also a commodity. Literally anyone can produce it regardless of talent or education, so it’s a trap: produce too much of it and you become indistinguishable from the average tumblr hole.

    That’s why other woke publishers without the NYT’s cash reserves are all imploding financially.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    I hear that Google is working on AI woke bots that can auto-generate woke content. It's not hard - it will be similar to those old Madlibs games. "I am a ______ (Latino, black, Asian) ____________(female, transgender, nonbinary) person and a white ____ (man, woman, child) ___________ed (patted, touched, insulted) my _________(hair color or texture, obesity, tattoos, etc.).
  71. @Achmed E. Newman
    Unfortunately for the Myanmartians, changing the flag, the name of the capital, and even the name of the country still don't change a shithole into a non-shithole.

    (I'm not trying to be all shitholier-than-thou, P.L., as I'm sure Madison has got its problems ...)

    I’ve talked to folks from Burma.

    Yes, it is a $h!t-hole still.

    From what I’ve heard, it isn’t as bad as it used to be.

    Imagine being in one of the lowest circles of Hell, and then rising up a level or two.

    • Replies: @Yak-15
    They have villages where elders are respected and often visited for advice. They have great amounts of fresh, unadulterated produce and wild game. They get drunk and hang out with friends and still worship the gods of their ancestors. They evict invaders without recourse and they don’t have to worry about debt or blue haired gastropods possessing the minds of their youth.

    Sure, some places have squat toilets and many of the people still have VCRs. But they know it will still be Burmese in two generations.
  72. @Prester John
    The NYT always was a demokrat party newsletter but...at least they could claim first rate reporters like David Halberstam, Tad Szulc etal. and op ed types like Scottie Reston. With the rapid demise of print media in general, whatever quality the Times had has gone south and down the tubes. Hence we get the likes of that Jeong woman and the insipid Mo Dowd.

    Dowd’s been at the Sulzburger Birdcage Liner for 30-odd years, and a columnist since 1995. Her predecessor on the op-ed page was Anna Quindlen, who is insufferable to a degree Dowd cannot manage.

  73. @Mr. Grey
    Racism is to the 21st century what Witchcraft was to the 17th.

    A way of keeping Beckys in line, you mean?

  74. @Anon
    It's just that Carlos Slim has figured out how to Mexicanize the NYT. He's trying for the audience of stupid low-class ethnic chicks that love tabloid crap and watch telenovas. Part of the problem is that Men Don't Read. Men like to play videogames or watch sports on TV instead of reading books or newspapers, and there's a serious drop in the number of white men who will read left-wing newspapers these days. Once the smart white guys who run things have decided to unsubscribe from the NYT, the NYT has to chase another audience with a different type of article. Slim is targeting low-class ethnic chicks because he's discovered its easy to provoke them into becoming upset and subscribing after they sample articles stuffed with crap about their hair or I'm-so-oppressed clickbait, or, ideally speaking, both at the same time.

    Big New York City publishing houses discovered this long ago with the Holocaust. When they publish Holocaust books and advertise them, they're get the entire Jewish public all shaking and crying, but most importantly, shelling out full price for those Holocaust books and sending them to the top of the NYT bestseller list. Publishers make a mint out of upsetting Jews, much the same way the Southern Poverty Law Center made a mint by trying to upset Jews enough to make them open their wallets and donate.

    Targeting neurotics is a big money-making industry. You can milk them forever by writing material that triggers them.

    Slim has nothing to do with editorial policy at the NYT and doesn’t even own a substantial number of shares.

  75. @LondonBob
    https://twitter.com/JohnCleese/status/1133604249693110272

    John Cleese once again notes there aren't many English people left in London. Apparently him pointing this out is more hurtful than English people having to watch their own capital city become a foreign land.

    Just don’t mention that much of this is due to huge numbers of Eastern and Southern European EU immigrants.

  76. @Michael S
    It's true that woke content is both cheap and popular. The problem is, it's also a commodity. Literally anyone can produce it regardless of talent or education, so it's a trap: produce too much of it and you become indistinguishable from the average tumblr hole.

    That's why other woke publishers without the NYT's cash reserves are all imploding financially.

    I hear that Google is working on AI woke bots that can auto-generate woke content. It’s not hard – it will be similar to those old Madlibs games. “I am a ______ (Latino, black, Asian) ____________(female, transgender, nonbinary) person and a white ____ (man, woman, child) ___________ed (patted, touched, insulted) my _________(hair color or texture, obesity, tattoos, etc.).

  77. @Anon
    It's just that Carlos Slim has figured out how to Mexicanize the NYT. He's trying for the audience of stupid low-class ethnic chicks that love tabloid crap and watch telenovas. Part of the problem is that Men Don't Read. Men like to play videogames or watch sports on TV instead of reading books or newspapers, and there's a serious drop in the number of white men who will read left-wing newspapers these days. Once the smart white guys who run things have decided to unsubscribe from the NYT, the NYT has to chase another audience with a different type of article. Slim is targeting low-class ethnic chicks because he's discovered its easy to provoke them into becoming upset and subscribing after they sample articles stuffed with crap about their hair or I'm-so-oppressed clickbait, or, ideally speaking, both at the same time.

    Big New York City publishing houses discovered this long ago with the Holocaust. When they publish Holocaust books and advertise them, they're get the entire Jewish public all shaking and crying, but most importantly, shelling out full price for those Holocaust books and sending them to the top of the NYT bestseller list. Publishers make a mint out of upsetting Jews, much the same way the Southern Poverty Law Center made a mint by trying to upset Jews enough to make them open their wallets and donate.

    Targeting neurotics is a big money-making industry. You can milk them forever by writing material that triggers them.

    I highly doubt this. It’s one thing to get Jews to read, another thing to get Mexicans to read. The average Mexican gal has read maybe one book in her lifetime and it’s a comic book or a romance novel. If they have any disposable income it isn’t going to books or newspapers. Maybe to a movie gossip type magazine or a fashion mag. Can you name a single Mexican newspaper?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    There must be literarily-inclined Mexicans because of all the reports of murdered and intimidated Mexican journalists. In fact I wonder if the oft-remarked Mexican incuriosity (perhaps even extending to collapsed literary culture) comes from Mexico being a failed state where murder and kidnapping are normal, and asking questions is downright stupid.
  78. @Mr McKenna

    By 2018, there were 2,353 articles about racism.
     
    So far, the number of NYT articles about racism remains smaller than the total number of NYT articles on all topics. However, one hesitates to extrapolate...

    This one doesn’t hesitate

    Up by a factor of five in seven years=
    10% in 2025
    50% in 2032
    250% in 2039

    Some time 2034 reaches saturation point.

    And that’s taking the conservation position that the rate of increase becomes constant instead of continuing to accelerate.

    • LOL: Mr McKenna
  79. @PSR
    God Bless You Steve but no one believes any more that the NYT is a legitimate news source but only a Democrat Party house organ. They're hiring of renowned racist Sarah Jeong confirmed that news is secondary, leftist propaganda is their raison d'etre.

    God Bless You Steve but no one believes any more that the NYT is a legitimate news source but only a Democrat Party house organ.”

    Of course the New York Times is a legitimate news source. You just simply hear what you want to hear and seek any information that conforms to your world view. The reality is that the media, right and left, report facts. It is up to the reader/viewer to find multiple, competing sources, figure out what is accurate and inaccurate, and then make an informed judgement. To automatically disqualify the media, i.e. labeling it as Fake News, is foolish regardless of one’s ideological bent.

    “They’re hiring of renowned racist Sarah Jeong confirmed that news is secondary, leftist propaganda is their raison d’etre.”

    No, it just confirms they have extremists, just like Fox News and Clear Channel, on the payroll. Do normies even know who is she and what she stands for?

    • Replies: @Jack D

    To automatically disqualify the media, i.e. labeling it as Fake News, is foolish regardless of one’s ideological bent.
     
    Of course the NY Times is not entirely fake. Even the stories in Pravda usually bore some relationship to the truth. But they are like truth distorted in a fun house mirror. You also have to be like Sherlock Holmes and figure out why the dog did NOT bark - what is omitted is as important as what they print. You can print nothing but the truth and yet lie by omitting important facts. For example, they might write about a black person being shot by three cops but will neglect to mention that all three cops were black too. Or just the fact that you write about an incident where a black person is shot by a cop but no stories about the two white people who were also shot by cops or about the ten black people that were shot by their fellow blacks that day is another form of lying by omission.

    Also the NY Times supposedly didn't use to have "extremists" just "moderates" or "liberals". The fact that they now have extremists on their payroll is a new development.

  80. The Times must have been too busy whipping up Dubya/Halliburton conspiracy theories during the Iraq War to pay proper attention to race baiting.

  81. Add an “e” to Carlos Slim’s name and you have Slime. Sounds about right.

  82. The public edyukashun system is racist to the core.

    Speaking of NYC, its local, DofEd racist bureaucrats obviously believe, correctly, that Asians have superior intelligence (I’m also a racist), so they use dirty, political tricks in order to exclude Asians from Bronx HS.

    Outside of NYC, skool zones are crafted so as to keep some skoolz “whites only”.

  83. @Chrisnonymous
    Yes, but if you go to the national museum in Yangon, you can see the old throne, which has a big sign on it, proudly declaring that it was returned by British general so-and-so, so you can see the extent to which the colonial identity has/hasn't been purged.

    I guess they haven’t caught up to the current craze of the West’s Marxists of retconning the past.

    It’s their country and they can call it what they will.
    As shall I.

    I’ll be a long time dead before the krauts move from Germany to Deutschland.

  84. @Mr. Grey
    Racism is to the 21st century what Witchcraft was to the 17th.

    Agree. NPR today had a piece on how racism “benefits” from ambiguity.

  85. @Jack D
    I highly doubt this. It's one thing to get Jews to read, another thing to get Mexicans to read. The average Mexican gal has read maybe one book in her lifetime and it's a comic book or a romance novel. If they have any disposable income it isn't going to books or newspapers. Maybe to a movie gossip type magazine or a fashion mag. Can you name a single Mexican newspaper?

    There must be literarily-inclined Mexicans because of all the reports of murdered and intimidated Mexican journalists. In fact I wonder if the oft-remarked Mexican incuriosity (perhaps even extending to collapsed literary culture) comes from Mexico being a failed state where murder and kidnapping are normal, and asking questions is downright stupid.

  86. @eah
    YOOOOOO LOOK AT THIS -- follow the link and watch the short video of what Google shows (at least in the video) when you do an image search for "three black teens" vs "three white teens" (about what one would expect) -- then scroll down thru the thread and look at the reactions (").

    As often happens with tweeting people claiming to have witnessed something, many of the replies are mainstream journalists who somehow found the time in their busy day to notice the tweet and ask if they can use it.

  87. @Corvinus
    God Bless You Steve but no one believes any more that the NYT is a legitimate news source but only a Democrat Party house organ."

    Of course the New York Times is a legitimate news source. You just simply hear what you want to hear and seek any information that conforms to your world view. The reality is that the media, right and left, report facts. It is up to the reader/viewer to find multiple, competing sources, figure out what is accurate and inaccurate, and then make an informed judgement. To automatically disqualify the media, i.e. labeling it as Fake News, is foolish regardless of one's ideological bent.

    "They’re hiring of renowned racist Sarah Jeong confirmed that news is secondary, leftist propaganda is their raison d’etre."

    No, it just confirms they have extremists, just like Fox News and Clear Channel, on the payroll. Do normies even know who is she and what she stands for?

    To automatically disqualify the media, i.e. labeling it as Fake News, is foolish regardless of one’s ideological bent.

    Of course the NY Times is not entirely fake. Even the stories in Pravda usually bore some relationship to the truth. But they are like truth distorted in a fun house mirror. You also have to be like Sherlock Holmes and figure out why the dog did NOT bark – what is omitted is as important as what they print. You can print nothing but the truth and yet lie by omitting important facts. For example, they might write about a black person being shot by three cops but will neglect to mention that all three cops were black too. Or just the fact that you write about an incident where a black person is shot by a cop but no stories about the two white people who were also shot by cops or about the ten black people that were shot by their fellow blacks that day is another form of lying by omission.

    Also the NY Times supposedly didn’t use to have “extremists” just “moderates” or “liberals”. The fact that they now have extremists on their payroll is a new development.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    "Of course the NY Times is not entirely fake."

    So on the "fake-o-meter", what percentage? Why?

    "But they are like truth distorted in a fun house mirror".

    It really depends upon what is truth and not truth to the reader. Moreover, it is more likely the opposition will make that accusation about the truth being distorted when it may not be the case.

    "You also have to be like Sherlock Holmes and figure out why the dog did NOT bark – what is omitted is as important as what they print."

    Really depends upon the frequency, as well as the person reading it who thinks there are things which have been omitted.

    "You can print nothing but the truth and yet lie by omitting important facts."

    Not lie, just not present. Of course, there is context to consider, and what the individual who reads the story thinks should or should not have been included.

    "For example, they might write about a black person being shot by three cops but will neglect to mention that all three cops were black too."

    OK.

    "Or just the fact that you write about an incident where a black person is shot by a cop, but no stories about the two white people who were also shot by cops or about the ten black people that were shot by their fellow blacks that day is another form of lying by omission."

    That's not "lying by omission". Rather, it is not painting the entire story from the perspective of the reader.

    "Also the NY Times supposedly didn’t use to have “extremists” just “moderates” or “liberals”."

    I can see your point, although Paul Krugman has been given that label.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    didn’t use to have
     
    Wow. I'm impressed. Someone got that phrase right.
  88. @eugyppius
    Goldberg's data suggest that we got woke after the failure of OWS in 2012. At that point, the activists decided that if they couldn't beat global capital, they'd join it. They ditched the economic half of their agenda, which (unexpectedly or not) made the Diversity that remained not only inoffensive but even appealing to university presidents and Wall Street bankers alike. The whole was fused into a new sparkling neoliberal edifice. Much meaningful opposition has already been assimilated. Right now it is so powerful and so totally unopposed that it can waste inordinate resources punishing even minor adversaries.

    Goldberg’s data suggest that we got woke after the failure of OWS in 2012.

    OWS as in Occupy Wall Street. Sounds better than any of Steve’s theories about Obama exterting some kind of superhuman influence.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Don't recall any such theories. Do recall discussion of 'coalition of the fringes'. Soros as a source of cash is in a position to influence what 'activists' are doing at street level, the papers co-operate with the activists by rote, and the Justice Department sends in its Community Relations personnel and Civil Rights division. See Joseph Sobran's old column on the left as beehive, or Tom Wolfe's take through some of his fictional characters. The highly adolescent and fashion-driven culture of the left means you have these upsurges without much central direction.
  89. @bored identity
    Meanwhile , Memorial Day Weekend was widely celebrated in some places:



    42 People Shot In Chicago Over Memorial Day Weekend...

    As a response, the Mayor of Sanctuary Chiraq invokes Flood, which is just fancy code word for "Oklahoma Butchezs Are Here To Bust That Gentrification Cap In Your AssHood" :

    Lightfoot stressed that gun violence is not how residents should resolve disputes.

    For those who think it is, we can give them no quarter, they can have no sanctuary in our city," she said.

    "We've got to make sure we flood these areas with a lot more resources."


    https://www.zerohedge.com/s3/files/inline-images/2019-05-28_12-33-45.png?itok=JFuveCen

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-28/warzone-42-people-shot-chicago-over-memorial-day-weekend

     

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    This is absolute gold, thanks for posting it. As LL Cool J said, "Columbine happens in the ghetto every day."
  90. Then the intersectional intern finds out that if she wants a real job for real money, she’ll have to do some things. And that’s how you end up with Ali Watkins pimped out by the human-trafficking New York Times.

  91. I used to be a lefty and a steady reader of the NYT, even back in grad school when an out-of-town subscription cost a serious chunk of my crappy stipend.

    I agreed with their general point of view, but over time, the race-baiting and yougogirl got to be too much for me to stomach, so I had to quit reading the NYT, listening to NPR, etc. The only way I could get news and not go crazy was from Fox and right-leaning bloggers like Steve when he was back at VDare. They were off-putting at first but gradually made more and more sense, so now I’m a righty.

    Way to go, NYT!!

    • Agree: jim jones
  92. @PSR
    God Bless You Steve but no one believes any more that the NYT is a legitimate news source but only a Democrat Party house organ. They're hiring of renowned racist Sarah Jeong confirmed that news is secondary, leftist propaganda is their raison d'etre.

    confirmed that news is secondary, leftist propaganda is their raison d’etre.

    Propaganda has always been the principal function of newspapers. There never was a golden age of unbiased newspapers.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Papers were financed by ad sales and subscriptions. Someone buys the paper. There's a market segment looking for validation from newspaper stories, but most people do not follow public affairs. They bought the paper for the ads, for the sports pages, for feature stories and comics, for the police blotter &c. Also, people like the Kilgallens, father and daughter, went into journalism and stayed into it because they loved reporting, and, in the the course of their careers, had reported on just about everything. Papers had local audiences and each audience was segmented, so in any city of a given size, you had broadsheets and you had tabloids, you had middlebrow and you had lowbrow, you had papers based downtown and papers based on the periphery, and you had Republican papers and Democratic papers.
    , @Jack D
    Complete neutrality is impossible and papers like the NY Times always had a liberal bias but they tried to hide it (even to the point of lying and denying it) for business reasons - they wanted to sell papers to the entire population and not just the liberal half of it. Supposedly the editorial page had a (liberal) POV but the news pages were supposed to be completely neutral.

    And this was not purely window dressing - there was an actual effort made to make the news stories maintain a somewhat neutral tone, even if they were writing about someone they hated like Nixon. Reporters were never supposed to reveal their own personal political preferences in their news stories even if they were mostly liberal Democrats. The editors were supposed to be the adults in the room and if a reporter displayed his biases too openly in a news story, he would get criticism from his editor. In some respects this was even worse than the current situation because people thought that the NY Times (and its media mirrors such as CBS News and Walter Kronkite who took their cues from it) was the Voice of God when really it was a leftist rag all along.

    But now the mask is off and they don't even pretend to be unbiased, even in the news pages.

  93. @Jack D

    To automatically disqualify the media, i.e. labeling it as Fake News, is foolish regardless of one’s ideological bent.
     
    Of course the NY Times is not entirely fake. Even the stories in Pravda usually bore some relationship to the truth. But they are like truth distorted in a fun house mirror. You also have to be like Sherlock Holmes and figure out why the dog did NOT bark - what is omitted is as important as what they print. You can print nothing but the truth and yet lie by omitting important facts. For example, they might write about a black person being shot by three cops but will neglect to mention that all three cops were black too. Or just the fact that you write about an incident where a black person is shot by a cop but no stories about the two white people who were also shot by cops or about the ten black people that were shot by their fellow blacks that day is another form of lying by omission.

    Also the NY Times supposedly didn't use to have "extremists" just "moderates" or "liberals". The fact that they now have extremists on their payroll is a new development.

    “Of course the NY Times is not entirely fake.”

    So on the “fake-o-meter”, what percentage? Why?

    “But they are like truth distorted in a fun house mirror”.

    It really depends upon what is truth and not truth to the reader. Moreover, it is more likely the opposition will make that accusation about the truth being distorted when it may not be the case.

    “You also have to be like Sherlock Holmes and figure out why the dog did NOT bark – what is omitted is as important as what they print.”

    Really depends upon the frequency, as well as the person reading it who thinks there are things which have been omitted.

    “You can print nothing but the truth and yet lie by omitting important facts.”

    Not lie, just not present. Of course, there is context to consider, and what the individual who reads the story thinks should or should not have been included.

    “For example, they might write about a black person being shot by three cops but will neglect to mention that all three cops were black too.”

    OK.

    “Or just the fact that you write about an incident where a black person is shot by a cop, but no stories about the two white people who were also shot by cops or about the ten black people that were shot by their fellow blacks that day is another form of lying by omission.”

    That’s not “lying by omission”. Rather, it is not painting the entire story from the perspective of the reader.

    “Also the NY Times supposedly didn’t use to have “extremists” just “moderates” or “liberals”.”

    I can see your point, although Paul Krugman has been given that label.

  94. Let’s barroom napkin this and set up investment opportunities indexed to your notion of Awokening. I smell cash and a plot in the Hamptons (neither of which is in my current quiver). Near-term we’ve got the 2020 election on our doorstep.

    A guess is that two (2) of the big Demographic Party contenders, Biden and Warren, are likely not going to want to make the race about race. They’ve got baggage that can easily be countered. They’re old white people.

    Imagine if you’d invested in the Racism Index back in 1980!

  95. @Paleo Liberal
    I’ve talked to folks from Burma.

    Yes, it is a $h!t-hole still.

    From what I’ve heard, it isn’t as bad as it used to be.

    Imagine being in one of the lowest circles of Hell, and then rising up a level or two.

    They have villages where elders are respected and often visited for advice. They have great amounts of fresh, unadulterated produce and wild game. They get drunk and hang out with friends and still worship the gods of their ancestors. They evict invaders without recourse and they don’t have to worry about debt or blue haired gastropods possessing the minds of their youth.

    Sure, some places have squat toilets and many of the people still have VCRs. But they know it will still be Burmese in two generations.

  96. @bomag
    I've always gotten the sense that Atlantic and others carry some concern about becoming the Party shill, so they will slip in some bad-think to retain a little edginess.

    I’ve always gotten the sense that Atlantic and others carry some concern about becoming the Party shill, so they will slip in some bad-think to retain a little edginess.

    And to sell space for all those cute little ads.

    (It is the Atlantic where those run, isn’t it? Their counterpart to the New Yorker‘s cartoons. Or am I thinking of Harper’s?)

  97. @Jack D

    To automatically disqualify the media, i.e. labeling it as Fake News, is foolish regardless of one’s ideological bent.
     
    Of course the NY Times is not entirely fake. Even the stories in Pravda usually bore some relationship to the truth. But they are like truth distorted in a fun house mirror. You also have to be like Sherlock Holmes and figure out why the dog did NOT bark - what is omitted is as important as what they print. You can print nothing but the truth and yet lie by omitting important facts. For example, they might write about a black person being shot by three cops but will neglect to mention that all three cops were black too. Or just the fact that you write about an incident where a black person is shot by a cop but no stories about the two white people who were also shot by cops or about the ten black people that were shot by their fellow blacks that day is another form of lying by omission.

    Also the NY Times supposedly didn't use to have "extremists" just "moderates" or "liberals". The fact that they now have extremists on their payroll is a new development.

    didn’t use to have

    Wow. I’m impressed. Someone got that phrase right.

  98. For all you Ben Shapiro fans:

    (Hat tip to the kids, who really should be in bed. )

  99. @bored identity
    Meanwhile , Memorial Day Weekend was widely celebrated in some places:



    42 People Shot In Chicago Over Memorial Day Weekend...

    As a response, the Mayor of Sanctuary Chiraq invokes Flood, which is just fancy code word for "Oklahoma Butchezs Are Here To Bust That Gentrification Cap In Your AssHood" :

    Lightfoot stressed that gun violence is not how residents should resolve disputes.

    For those who think it is, we can give them no quarter, they can have no sanctuary in our city," she said.

    "We've got to make sure we flood these areas with a lot more resources."


    https://www.zerohedge.com/s3/files/inline-images/2019-05-28_12-33-45.png?itok=JFuveCen

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-28/warzone-42-people-shot-chicago-over-memorial-day-weekend

     

    Lightfoot stressed that gun violence is not how residents should resolve disputes.

    The other Lightfoot did this when the mayor was in grade school:

    As did Mac Davis a few years before, more explicitly. He pitched this to Sammy Davis, Jr, and played it for Jesse Jackson, but this white guy recorded it instead:

  100. Lot says:
    @Hail

    intitle:racism
     
    Plus custom date range, Jan. 1 to Mar. 31 (i.e., Q1) gives us this:

    New York Times articles with word 'Racism' in title (per google)
    Q1 2011: 3 articles
    Q1 2012: 1 article
    Q1 2013: 4 articles (of which, 1 is 'Opinion;' remainder at 3.)
    Q1 2014: 8 articles (of which, 2 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 6.)
    Q1 2015: 4 articles (of which, 2 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 2.)
    Q1 2016: 13 articles (of which, 2 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 11.)
    Q1 2017: 6 articles (of which, 2 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 4.)
    Q1 2018: 16 articles (of which, 8 are 'Opinion;' remainder at 8.)
    Q1 2019: 12 articles (of which, 5 are 'Opinion' and 3 are from an odd little letter-to-editor series called "A Reader's First Memory of Racism;" remainder at 4.)

    Excluding 'Opinion' and the 'First Memory of Racism' series:
    - 2011 to 2015: avg.: 3 articles with "racism" in title during Q1
    - Election year 2016: 11 articles with "racism" in title during Q1
    - 2017 to 2019: avg.: 5.3 articles with "racism" in title during Q1
    - Total, 2016 to 2019: 6.75 articles with "racism" in title during Q1

    A rise during the 2010s overall (a little more than 2x higher for the second half of the 2010s than for the first), yes, but not on the exponential pattern depicted in the Zach Goldberg data.

    Peaks are in 2016 and 2018. During those two peak years, 'racism' hits are on the order of 3x to 4x above the 2011-to-2013 "base rate," but the years on either side of those peak years (i.e., 2015, 2017, 2019) are about the same as the early-2010s base rate, except for the proliferation of "racism"-mentioning Opinion articles.)

    (The above is under the caveat that "custom date range," which seems to miss some articles for unknown reasons, still provides useful data; that is, assuming that its misses are random.)

    Searching newspaper titles for words may not work because of the clickbait trend of uninformative article titles.

    Lefties still use the word racist a lot, but racism seems to be gradually giving way to white privilege and white supremacy.

    Since being privileged and supreme sounds kind of nice, the newest buzzword is “white fragility,” defined as not agreeing with anti-white accusations or attacks.

  101. @Hail
    Here is an independent check (call it QC) of this data, using site:google.com and restricting the search to fixed date ranges. Not a perfect methodology, but advantages are: (is reproducible by anyone with access to Google (sorry, Godfree Roberts and others in China) and allows for a qualitative analysis.

    "Racism" hits in New York Times
    - 1.1.2011 to 1.10.2011: 12 total article hits, of which 5 articles have at least one hit for 'racism' in article main text and the other 7 are in comment sections
    - 1.1.2018 to 1.10.2018: 26 total article hits, of which 14 articles have at least one hit for 'racism' in article main text and the other 12 are in comment sections, links to other stories, alternate story titles, or other.

    This tripling of main-text hits (5 to 14) for a ten-day period separated by seven years, bears out an up-trend, but decidedly not on the scale of the 8x increase suggested by the Zach Goldberg-compiled data.

    One immediate finding: There are many appearances of the term in comment-sections and in embedded tweets. These could be seen as the Tail Wagging the Dog. Other hits for "racism" are in embedded links to other stories, or in alternate story titles that were later revised. Should these sorts of hits count as article hits, or not? A methodological dilemma.

    _________________________

    Here is the qualitative part of the above:

    It looks like the hits in 2011 are often on the frivolous side, two about Huckleberry Finn, one what appears to be actual news-reporting ("Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined") and not a lecture dressed up as news; IOW, reporting what counter-protesters said rather than sneeringly inserting the accusation into the main text and fluffing it up to article-length.

    Top eight 'racism' hits in the first ten days of January 2011:

    'Huckleberry Finn' Offers a Teachable Moment

    Jan 6, 2011 - Censoring a word fails to address deeper problems with racism in our society. "Huckleberry Finn" is a classic that can provide a kind of “teachable moment” for ...
     

    The Words of Pap Finn's Rant

    Jan 6, 2011 - To understand how racism works in America it is necessary to understand how this word has been used to inflict pain on black people, challenge their humanity, ...
     

    Plans to End Birthright Citizenship Are Outlined

    Jan 5, 2011 - ... National Press Club, was interrupted four times by protesters who stood one by one to brandish posters and accuse the lawmakers of intolerance and racism.
     

    With the P.K.K. in Iraq's Qandil Mountains

    Jan 5, 2011 - Shiho Fukada for The New York Times Big Brother: Painted on flat stones laid on a hillside, one of many portraits of the P.K.K. founder Abdullah Ocalan stares ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter Merkil, a critic of the PKK, writes: "...[dealing with the PKK] is seen as racism and "completely criminalizing all political activity" from your ivory towers...")
     

    A Language Barrier: Kurdish? Arabic? English?

    Jan 6, 2011 - As the first in a series of posts explores, a language barrier is emerging in the Kurdistan region north of Iraq. It divides the country not only linguistically, but also ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter FreeKurdistan writes: "Did anyone else noticed that the article was written by an Arab? Does anyone else see the very subtle hints of racism? Only a Kurd would notice such things, since we have been oppressed for so long.")
     

    Japan Curbs Hiring Foreigners Even as Labor Shortage Looms

    Jan 2, 2011 - Immigration provides one remedy to Japan's lethargic economy, but Tokyo is resisting accepting young workers.

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter World Citizen writes: "I suggest that the xenophobes who say that Japanese should preserve their "pure" identity at all costs (even their own extinction) and that their racism is kind of harmless after all, should watch the movie "City of Life and Death" about the Nanking massacre...")
     

    Should the Racial Epithets Be Removed From 'Huck Finn'?

    Jan 6, 2011 - However, it also enabled us to open up the discussion on racism, and allowed them to understand how much America has progressed since the 1930s.
     

    First South Carolina. Then New York?

    Jan 6, 2011 - In the wake of South Carolina's vote to secession in late December 1860, Americans both North and South anxiously wondered which state would be next to ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter J.D. Crutchfield writes: "The gentleman is correct about the racism of the Northern farmers..."; commenter gotnotruck writes: "I'd never seen racism until I went to Boston...")
     
    Top eight 'racism' hits in the first ten days of January 2018:

    Death Penalty Case Heard by Racist Juror Is Reopened by Supreme

    Jan 8, 2018 - WASHINGTON — Saying that a capital trial in Georgia may have been marred by a juror's racism, the Supreme Court on Monday gave a death row inmate there ...
     

    H&M Apologizes for 'Monkey' Image Featuring Black Child

    Jan 8, 2018 - Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Oct. 8, 2017. Image. Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism. Subscribe to With Interest. Catch up and prep for the week ...

    (Note: It appears 'racism' does not appear in the main text here, but in a link to a previous NYT story ["Dove Drops Ad Accused of Racism"].)
     

    Daniel Kaluuya Isn't Waiting for Your Approval

    Jan 4, 2018 - The breakout star of “Get Out” says he can relate to his character: “Being young, working class and black, everything you do is policed.” Daniel Kaluuya in ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article but in the comments; commenter City Lady writes: "We all get that there’s a lot of racism in the US and didn’t need this movie to illustrate it.")
     

    Sam Rockwell's Golden Globes Win Fuels a Debate

    Jan 7, 2018 - Sam Rockwell is the kind of actor for whom “supporting actor” categories were invented: a steady, colorful presence in acclaimed movies that are often ...

    (Note: 'Racism' does not appear in the article main text but does appear in the URL for the story; the closest the main text comes is: "Mr. Rockwell’s character is a police officer who, among other sins, is deeply racist."
     

    Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online

    Jan 4, 2018 - Is Japan the only country that doesn't know that Black Face is UNACCEPTABLE and RACIST #racism pic.twitter.com/zoSXded3N0. — MattyO (@labluejp) ...

    (Note: The term"racism" here appears to be from a verbatim republication of a tweet.)
     

    Vienna 'New Year's Baby' Greeted First With Hate, Then Hearts

    Jan 4, 2018 - 4, 2018 , on Page A4 of the New York edition with the headline: Vienna Welcomes 2018 Baby With Online Hate and Racism. Order Reprints | Today's Paper | ...

    (Note: This is about a Muslim refugee couple being one of the first babies born on Jan. 1, 2018. Main-text content includes: "But instead of good wishes from the citizens who read her birth announcement, splashed across Austrian newspapers on New Year’s Day, the little girl and her family were greeted with a wave of racism, disgust and hate.")
     

    Opinion | Faust on the Potomac

    Jan 5, 2018 - The cynical bargain I'm talking about, of course, was the decision to exploit racism to advance a right-wing economic agenda. Talk about welfare queens driving ...
     

    How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

    Jan 2, 2018 - The tragedy and senselessness of racism is felt throughout “Not Without Laughter,” and Hughes takes care to show how it manifests itself in ways small and ...
     

    Thanks for doing the analysis. I think it actually supports Goldberg’s methodology being representative. The change in hits excluding comments was a bit larger on a percentage basis, and as you observed, the 2018 articles seemed “worse.”

  102. @Reg Cæsar

    to Rangoon or wherever.
     
    Sad to say, Rangoon is no more.

    The West Is Done
    It Can Not Hide
    It Can Not Run
    From Genocide

    Burma Shave

  103. @Reg Cæsar

    to Rangoon or wherever.
     
    Sad to say, Rangoon is no more.

    Whatever Floats Your Flotilla
    Or: Once A “Cleaner, Greener” Sh*thole?

    Now is now an’ then was then
    When East met West
    An’ “worst” like “best”
    Back to Burma? Ne’er agin!

    http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/poems_mandalay.htm

  104. 2011 was the year of Occupy Wall Street. Leftists seems to focus more on economic issues when the economic is struggling and switch to anti-racism when the economy is picking up.

  105. @Whitey Whiteman III
    Excellent post. With its anonymous nature, there are still no chicks on 4chan.

    You do get a constant trickle of Femanons doing a drive-by for attention. Half-abandoning anonymity and announcing their fem status.
    But they invariably fall foul of The Rules, the first of which, in this case, is cited below.

    We have rules on this board, and if we don’t follow those rules we are nothing but animals. Now show us your tits or GTFO.

    also “post feet”.
    The rest have the sense to lurk, or just remain Anon., a proud degenerate among degenerates.

  106. @Anonymous
    After 40 years of wage-undercutting immigration and offshoring, many American cities are barely there, the middle class portion of them, anyway, so there’s no need to send American reporters to Rangoon to find topics worthy of covering. This proves exactly what I‘ve noticed, not just with NYT.

    That First Great Awokening occurred about the time when Jesse Jackson ran for POTUS, and Al Sharption launched his hate-hoax crusade by persuading Twana Bradley, a 15-year-old girl, to accuse white men of gang rape. The Reverend Billy Clinton also used racial justice themes, calculatingly bringing back a simmering racial rage that I don’t remember, growing up in the South in the Eighties.

    Bill & Al did well for themselves with that race hustle, as NAFTA and global offshoring strip-mined the US middle class. Newspeople are surviving on the merchandising of impulse-buy articles at the expense of their credibility.

    That’s pretty astute of you.

  107. @dfordoom

    confirmed that news is secondary, leftist propaganda is their raison d’etre.
     
    Propaganda has always been the principal function of newspapers. There never was a golden age of unbiased newspapers.

    Papers were financed by ad sales and subscriptions. Someone buys the paper. There’s a market segment looking for validation from newspaper stories, but most people do not follow public affairs. They bought the paper for the ads, for the sports pages, for feature stories and comics, for the police blotter &c. Also, people like the Kilgallens, father and daughter, went into journalism and stayed into it because they loved reporting, and, in the the course of their careers, had reported on just about everything. Papers had local audiences and each audience was segmented, so in any city of a given size, you had broadsheets and you had tabloids, you had middlebrow and you had lowbrow, you had papers based downtown and papers based on the periphery, and you had Republican papers and Democratic papers.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    All true. But now all recognised or established official or respected (I'm not sure the appropriate term, as some examples evade at least one criterion, but, like obscenity, I reckon we all know it when we see it) are McPaper (sorry, U.S.A. Today, you've been dethroned of your monopoly on vapid non-reporting).

    Only outlets like The Unz Review, VDare, The Kakistocracy, etc. have anything to say besides GloboHomo's approved line.

    It's less like the days of niche, competing outlets with a plethora of slants, and more like living in China (or the Soviet Union in its heyday).
  108. @Guy De Champlagne
    Goldberg’s data suggest that we got woke after the failure of OWS in 2012.

    OWS as in Occupy Wall Street. Sounds better than any of Steve's theories about Obama exterting some kind of superhuman influence.

    Don’t recall any such theories. Do recall discussion of ‘coalition of the fringes’. Soros as a source of cash is in a position to influence what ‘activists’ are doing at street level, the papers co-operate with the activists by rote, and the Justice Department sends in its Community Relations personnel and Civil Rights division. See Joseph Sobran’s old column on the left as beehive, or Tom Wolfe’s take through some of his fictional characters. The highly adolescent and fashion-driven culture of the left means you have these upsurges without much central direction.

  109. @dfordoom

    confirmed that news is secondary, leftist propaganda is their raison d’etre.
     
    Propaganda has always been the principal function of newspapers. There never was a golden age of unbiased newspapers.

    Complete neutrality is impossible and papers like the NY Times always had a liberal bias but they tried to hide it (even to the point of lying and denying it) for business reasons – they wanted to sell papers to the entire population and not just the liberal half of it. Supposedly the editorial page had a (liberal) POV but the news pages were supposed to be completely neutral.

    And this was not purely window dressing – there was an actual effort made to make the news stories maintain a somewhat neutral tone, even if they were writing about someone they hated like Nixon. Reporters were never supposed to reveal their own personal political preferences in their news stories even if they were mostly liberal Democrats. The editors were supposed to be the adults in the room and if a reporter displayed his biases too openly in a news story, he would get criticism from his editor. In some respects this was even worse than the current situation because people thought that the NY Times (and its media mirrors such as CBS News and Walter Kronkite who took their cues from it) was the Voice of God when really it was a leftist rag all along.

    But now the mask is off and they don’t even pretend to be unbiased, even in the news pages.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    "Complete neutrality is impossible..."

    For any and all media outlets?

    "and papers like the NY Times always had a liberal bias but they tried to hide it (even to the point of lying and denying it)"

    Specific evidence to back up your assertion?

    "Reporters were never supposed to reveal their own personal political preferences in their news stories even if they were mostly liberal Democrats."

    Does this hold true for conservative Republicans and their publications?

    "In some respects this was even worse than the current situation because people thought that the NY Times (and its media mirrors such as CBS News and Walter Kronkite who took their cues from it)"

    Kronkite was considered impartial.
    , @J.Ross
    And if they ever wanted to pretend to care, they could let any one of hundreds of right-leaning and unpersonned personalities contribute material or respond to theirs, as they once did. When the alternative is this simple, the action is probably deliberate.
    , @dfordoom

    reporters were never supposed to reveal their own personal political preferences in their news stories even if they were mostly liberal Democrats. The editors were supposed to be the adults in the room and if a reporter displayed his biases too openly in a news story, he would get criticism from his editor. In some respects this was even worse than the current situation because people thought that the NY Times (and its media mirrors such as CBS News and Walter Kronkite who took their cues from it) was the Voice of God when really it was a leftist rag all along.
     
    Yeah. In some ways bias is definitely less of a problem when it's out in the open.

    The real problem today is not media bias but the fact that media ownership is too concentrated and they're all biased the same way.
  110. @Jack D
    Complete neutrality is impossible and papers like the NY Times always had a liberal bias but they tried to hide it (even to the point of lying and denying it) for business reasons - they wanted to sell papers to the entire population and not just the liberal half of it. Supposedly the editorial page had a (liberal) POV but the news pages were supposed to be completely neutral.

    And this was not purely window dressing - there was an actual effort made to make the news stories maintain a somewhat neutral tone, even if they were writing about someone they hated like Nixon. Reporters were never supposed to reveal their own personal political preferences in their news stories even if they were mostly liberal Democrats. The editors were supposed to be the adults in the room and if a reporter displayed his biases too openly in a news story, he would get criticism from his editor. In some respects this was even worse than the current situation because people thought that the NY Times (and its media mirrors such as CBS News and Walter Kronkite who took their cues from it) was the Voice of God when really it was a leftist rag all along.

    But now the mask is off and they don't even pretend to be unbiased, even in the news pages.

    “Complete neutrality is impossible…”

    For any and all media outlets?

    “and papers like the NY Times always had a liberal bias but they tried to hide it (even to the point of lying and denying it)”

    Specific evidence to back up your assertion?

    “Reporters were never supposed to reveal their own personal political preferences in their news stories even if they were mostly liberal Democrats.”

    Does this hold true for conservative Republicans and their publications?

    “In some respects this was even worse than the current situation because people thought that the NY Times (and its media mirrors such as CBS News and Walter Kronkite who took their cues from it)

    Kronkite was considered impartial.

    • Replies: @Jack D

    Kronkite was considered impartial.
     
    But in real life he was a liberal Democrat. He just (mostly) hid it. That was my point.
  111. @Jack D
    Complete neutrality is impossible and papers like the NY Times always had a liberal bias but they tried to hide it (even to the point of lying and denying it) for business reasons - they wanted to sell papers to the entire population and not just the liberal half of it. Supposedly the editorial page had a (liberal) POV but the news pages were supposed to be completely neutral.

    And this was not purely window dressing - there was an actual effort made to make the news stories maintain a somewhat neutral tone, even if they were writing about someone they hated like Nixon. Reporters were never supposed to reveal their own personal political preferences in their news stories even if they were mostly liberal Democrats. The editors were supposed to be the adults in the room and if a reporter displayed his biases too openly in a news story, he would get criticism from his editor. In some respects this was even worse than the current situation because people thought that the NY Times (and its media mirrors such as CBS News and Walter Kronkite who took their cues from it) was the Voice of God when really it was a leftist rag all along.

    But now the mask is off and they don't even pretend to be unbiased, even in the news pages.

    And if they ever wanted to pretend to care, they could let any one of hundreds of right-leaning and unpersonned personalities contribute material or respond to theirs, as they once did. When the alternative is this simple, the action is probably deliberate.

  112. @newrouter
    this also

    The Lie That Will Not Die and the Truth about Black Mass Shooters
    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/05/the_lie_that_will_not_die_and_the_truth_about_black_mass_shooters.html

    This is absolute gold, thanks for posting it. As LL Cool J said, “Columbine happens in the ghetto every day.”

  113. @Corvinus
    "Complete neutrality is impossible..."

    For any and all media outlets?

    "and papers like the NY Times always had a liberal bias but they tried to hide it (even to the point of lying and denying it)"

    Specific evidence to back up your assertion?

    "Reporters were never supposed to reveal their own personal political preferences in their news stories even if they were mostly liberal Democrats."

    Does this hold true for conservative Republicans and their publications?

    "In some respects this was even worse than the current situation because people thought that the NY Times (and its media mirrors such as CBS News and Walter Kronkite who took their cues from it)"

    Kronkite was considered impartial.

    Kronkite was considered impartial.

    But in real life he was a liberal Democrat. He just (mostly) hid it. That was my point.

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke

    But in real life he was a liberal Democrat. He just (mostly) hid it. That was my point.
     
    He and his cohorts in the liberal media slanted coverage to the point that it affected the outcome of the Vietnam War.
    , @Corvinus
    "But in real life he was a liberal Democrat. He just (mostly) hid it. That was my point."

    LOL, he was not hiding anything. The reason why the public trusted him is that he chose not to reveal his opinions as an anchor. Instead, he reported things. Citizens understood his political leanings.

    What is also not being hid, in this case by you, is your refusal to answer relatively simple questions. Interesting, to say the least.
  114. @Jack D

    Kronkite was considered impartial.
     
    But in real life he was a liberal Democrat. He just (mostly) hid it. That was my point.

    But in real life he was a liberal Democrat. He just (mostly) hid it. That was my point.

    He and his cohorts in the liberal media slanted coverage to the point that it affected the outcome of the Vietnam War.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    "He and his cohorts in the liberal media slanted coverage to the point that it affected the outcome of the Vietnam War."

    LOL, you have absolutely no clue what you are talking about. The Vietnam War was predicated on a lie--we were "attacked". Refer to the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Furthermore, the government was insisting by 1968 that the military was making substantial headway. It pronounced that the South Vietnamese cities were safe. Note the Tet Offensive.

    Now, it was no secret that Cronkite was staunchly pro-war...but from what I gather he did not personally advocate it on the air on his anchor telecasts. In February 1968, he traveled to that nation in the aftermath of the Tet Offensive. Cronkite became troubled by the visual images he was seeing in Vietnam contrasting with what President Lyndon Johnson was telling the American public. In a rare editorial report, Cronkite suggested the American military was in a stalemate and that the only way the war would end was through negotiations. This break of character was a personal departure since he avoided expressing any opinions on-air.

    Following Cronkite’s report, President Johnson is claimed to have said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America”. Weeks later, President Johnson announced that he was not going to be running for a second term as President. Many people believe that Cronkite’s editorial may have convinced Johnson not to run for re-election.
  115. @Jack D

    Kronkite was considered impartial.
     
    But in real life he was a liberal Democrat. He just (mostly) hid it. That was my point.

    “But in real life he was a liberal Democrat. He just (mostly) hid it. That was my point.”

    LOL, he was not hiding anything. The reason why the public trusted him is that he chose not to reveal his opinions as an anchor. Instead, he reported things. Citizens understood his political leanings.

    What is also not being hid, in this case by you, is your refusal to answer relatively simple questions. Interesting, to say the least.

  116. @Johann Ricke

    But in real life he was a liberal Democrat. He just (mostly) hid it. That was my point.
     
    He and his cohorts in the liberal media slanted coverage to the point that it affected the outcome of the Vietnam War.

    “He and his cohorts in the liberal media slanted coverage to the point that it affected the outcome of the Vietnam War.”

    LOL, you have absolutely no clue what you are talking about. The Vietnam War was predicated on a lie–we were “attacked”. Refer to the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Furthermore, the government was insisting by 1968 that the military was making substantial headway. It pronounced that the South Vietnamese cities were safe. Note the Tet Offensive.

    Now, it was no secret that Cronkite was staunchly pro-war…but from what I gather he did not personally advocate it on the air on his anchor telecasts. In February 1968, he traveled to that nation in the aftermath of the Tet Offensive. Cronkite became troubled by the visual images he was seeing in Vietnam contrasting with what President Lyndon Johnson was telling the American public. In a rare editorial report, Cronkite suggested the American military was in a stalemate and that the only way the war would end was through negotiations. This break of character was a personal departure since he avoided expressing any opinions on-air.

    Following Cronkite’s report, President Johnson is claimed to have said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America”. Weeks later, President Johnson announced that he was not going to be running for a second term as President. Many people believe that Cronkite’s editorial may have convinced Johnson not to run for re-election.

  117. @Jack D
    Complete neutrality is impossible and papers like the NY Times always had a liberal bias but they tried to hide it (even to the point of lying and denying it) for business reasons - they wanted to sell papers to the entire population and not just the liberal half of it. Supposedly the editorial page had a (liberal) POV but the news pages were supposed to be completely neutral.

    And this was not purely window dressing - there was an actual effort made to make the news stories maintain a somewhat neutral tone, even if they were writing about someone they hated like Nixon. Reporters were never supposed to reveal their own personal political preferences in their news stories even if they were mostly liberal Democrats. The editors were supposed to be the adults in the room and if a reporter displayed his biases too openly in a news story, he would get criticism from his editor. In some respects this was even worse than the current situation because people thought that the NY Times (and its media mirrors such as CBS News and Walter Kronkite who took their cues from it) was the Voice of God when really it was a leftist rag all along.

    But now the mask is off and they don't even pretend to be unbiased, even in the news pages.

    reporters were never supposed to reveal their own personal political preferences in their news stories even if they were mostly liberal Democrats. The editors were supposed to be the adults in the room and if a reporter displayed his biases too openly in a news story, he would get criticism from his editor. In some respects this was even worse than the current situation because people thought that the NY Times (and its media mirrors such as CBS News and Walter Kronkite who took their cues from it) was the Voice of God when really it was a leftist rag all along.

    Yeah. In some ways bias is definitely less of a problem when it’s out in the open.

    The real problem today is not media bias but the fact that media ownership is too concentrated and they’re all biased the same way.

  118. @Art Deco
    Papers were financed by ad sales and subscriptions. Someone buys the paper. There's a market segment looking for validation from newspaper stories, but most people do not follow public affairs. They bought the paper for the ads, for the sports pages, for feature stories and comics, for the police blotter &c. Also, people like the Kilgallens, father and daughter, went into journalism and stayed into it because they loved reporting, and, in the the course of their careers, had reported on just about everything. Papers had local audiences and each audience was segmented, so in any city of a given size, you had broadsheets and you had tabloids, you had middlebrow and you had lowbrow, you had papers based downtown and papers based on the periphery, and you had Republican papers and Democratic papers.

    All true. But now all recognised or established official or respected (I’m not sure the appropriate term, as some examples evade at least one criterion, but, like obscenity, I reckon we all know it when we see it) are McPaper (sorry, U.S.A. Today, you’ve been dethroned of your monopoly on vapid non-reporting).

    Only outlets like The Unz Review, VDare, The Kakistocracy, etc. have anything to say besides GloboHomo’s approved line.

    It’s less like the days of niche, competing outlets with a plethora of slants, and more like living in China (or the Soviet Union in its heyday).

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