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In the New York Times today, a classic example of how the NYT makes unwelcome stories seem boring by massaging inconvenient facts. Even though the Chicago Tribune reported on Thursday that the “persons of interest” in the Jussie Smollett purported lynching are said to be black, the NYT leaves out all mention of their race or nationality on Friday.

Jussie Smollett Case: Chicago Police Have ‘Potential Suspects’

The Chicago Police on Friday said they had arrested two men in connection with the reported attack on the actor Jussie Smollett.

The Chicago Police on Friday said they had arrested two men in connection with the reported attack on the actor Jussie Smollett.
By Sopan Deb
Feb. 15, 2019

The brothers detained earlier this week by the Chicago police in connection with the reported attack on the “Empire” star Jussie Smollett were arrested and are now being treated as “potential suspects,” a spokesman for the department said Friday. They have not yet been charged with any crime.

“Detectives have probable cause that they may have been involved in an alleged crime and we are working to corroborate the allegations and investigative timeline as our investigation continues,” Anthony Guglielmi, the spokesman, said in a statement.

The arrests reflected progress in an investigation that started at the end of last month, when Smollett told the authorities that he had been attacked early in the morning by two masked men who directed homophobic and racial slurs toward him in downtown Chicago. Smollett also told the police that the assailants had tied a rope around his neck and poured a chemical substance on him.

For weeks, the investigators, who treated the case as a possible hate crime, had few leads. They couldn’t find any surveillance footage that showed any attack. However, within days of the reported incident, police released the images of two men who were in the area, whom police considered “potential persons of interest.” After “meticulous investigation with the use of advanced technology, interviews with the victim and witnesses, and transportation records,” the police said, they discerned the two men’s identities and detained them Wednesday night. Also earlier this week, the police searched their home as part of the investigation.

The revelation that at least one of the men appeared on “Empire” (although it is unknown in what role), fueled social media speculation that at least parts of Smollett’s story were not true. However, Guglielmi said that there is “no evidence to say that this is a hoax.”

Gloria Schmidt, a lawyer for the two men arrested, did not respond to calls and emails requesting comment, but did tell CBS Chicago: “They’re really baffled why they are people of interest. They really don’t understand how they even got information that linked them to this horrific crime. But they’re not guilty of it. They know that the evidence is going to prove them innocent. They send their best to Jussie.”

In an interview broadcast Thursday morning on “Good Morning America,” Smollett expressed frustration that his story was being doubted.

“It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more,” Smollett told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “A lot more.”

He also said that he was sure that the men in the surveillance images were the ones who attacked him that night.

“Because I was there,” Smollett said. “For me, when that was released, I was like, ‘O.K., we’re getting somewhere.’ I don’t have any doubt in my mind that that’s them. Never did.”

A spokeswoman for Smollett said late Thursday night that the actor had continued answering “routine follow-up questions” from the police during the day. She did not respond to a request for comment on Friday about the men now being considered “potential suspects.”

No mention of the arrestees being black or Nigerian. That’s just not News That’s Fit To Print.

In contrast, here’s CWB Chicago’s coverage:

Two brothers, Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo and Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo, have been identified as the men taken into custody by Chicago police for questioning as “potential persons of interest” in last month’s purported hate crime attack of Empire TV start Jussie Smollett.

… Smollett follows the brothers on social media and the Osundairos’ attorney told CBSChicago yesterday that the men sometimes work out at a gym with Smollett. Abel Osundairo is an aspiring bodybuilder who used the Smollett song “Ha Ha (I Love You)” as the music track on a posing video last month.

The brothers were taken into custody after they landed at O’Hare airport on a return trip from Nigeria Wednesday. They flew to the West African country just hours after Smollett reported being attacked. Two days later, Abel posted an Instagram video in which he handed out cash from the rear seat of a car to a boy on crutches. The post was geo-tagged in Ogun, Nigeria.

New York Times reporter Sopan Deb replies to my unkind tweet:

I replied:

I imagine we’ll once again be deluged with NYT stories about late-breaking developments in the Emmett Till case.

 
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  1. Lying by omission

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    Compare how they were frothing at the mouth to go after the imaginary Great White perpetrator in Houston a few weeks ago.

    The NYT is worse than Fake News. It is straight up anti-white racist propaganda.
  2. All of a sudden everything’s ‘alleged.’

    • Replies: @bomag
    Yeah.

    And they are being careful ("careful").

    And keep an open mind. Maybe the alleged had a good reason for what they did.
  3. I wonder how much longer it takes to write a Times story when you have to scrupulously pay attention that you don’t let any pertinent facts slip through the readers.

  4. Wouldn’t surprise me if someone at the NYT is hurriedly preparing a ‘remember Emmett Till’ story for tomorrow’s edition.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Right.
  5. Anonymous[141] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    Ethan Lindenberger, frustrated by years of arguments about his mother’s anti-vaccination stance, staged a quiet defection on Reddit.

    The Norwalk, Ohio, teenager needed advice, he said, on how to inoculate himself against both infectious disease and his family’s dogma. At 18, he was old enough, Lindenberger explained. He wanted to get vaccinated. But he didn’t know how.

    As anti-vaccination movements metastasize amid outbreaks of dangerous diseases, Internet-savvy teenagers are fact-checking their parents’ decisions in a digital health reawakening — and seeking their own treatments in bouts of family defiance.

    “This generation of unvaccinated children coming of age has looked at the science and want to protect themselves,” said Allison Winnike, president and chief executive of the Immunization Partnership, a Texas-based nonprofit vaccine advocacy group.

    On Dec. 17, he walked into an Ohio Department of Heath office in Norwalk and received a cocktail of vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza and HPV, according to a shot record viewed by The Post

    Judging by the accompanying picture, these shots could be vital to Ethan’s lifestyle.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2019/02/10/unvaccinated-teens-are-fact-checking-their-parents-trying-get-shots-their-own/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.53f6b3f58120

  6. Steve’s discovery of how the Times reverts to an elder, duller standard of journalism whenever a story turns against its favored narrative is such a terrific insight.

    But it needs a pithy, accessible phrase to describe it, in the tradition of “invade the world, invite the world,” “Occams butterknife,” and “coalition of the fringes.”

    • Replies: @Spaulding Smails
    Selective scrutiny? Strategic scrutiny, maybe?

    Or, to give it a distinctly SWPL flavor: fact-curating!

    , @AndrewR
    Propaganda. Malicious journalism. Dishonesty.
    , @ChrisZ
    Thanks for the replies from Spaulding and Andrew. I’ve given this some further consideration, too.

    What I’m envisioning is a term that would describe the practice of writing that’s *intended* to put the reader to sleep. I came up with:

    Sleep-writing (after sleep-walking; direct but not descriptive of the phenomenon)

    Scryptophan (after tryptophan, the sleep-inducing chemical in turkey; cute but too obscure)

    Invegetative Journalism (this one made me smile: reporting that puts you in a vegetative state, but also is a parody of genuine investigation. But does it convey the idea to the uninitiated?)

    Maybe something else will materialize after a night’s sleep? Reading that Smollett article again will have me out in no time.
  7. “He also said that he was sure that the men in the surveillance images were the ones who attacked him that night.”

    And the readers, who read prior NYT articles about Smollett, , will assume the two suspects are White (because according to prior articles the perpetrators were White.)

    This is a classic propaganda technique – instead of lying, NYT tricks readers into drawing a false conclusion.

  8. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    All of a sudden everything's 'alleged.'

    Yeah.

    And they are being careful (“careful”).

    And keep an open mind. Maybe the alleged had a good reason for what they did.

  9. @Anonymous
    Wouldn't surprise me if someone at the NYT is hurriedly preparing a 'remember Emmett Till' story for tomorrow's edition.

    Right.

    • Replies: @David In TN
    Why doesn't the New York Times do a story on the Christian-Newsom torture murders? Unlike Emmett Till, the case is not over. Another trial (the eighth) is scheduled for this August.
  10. Their names have been confirmed by their attorney. It is a known fact they are Nigerian, already knew Smollett and are black. The fact that they are black and Smollett claims he was attacked by two white men, with no hedging on this detail, is the biggest part of the story.

    What does the Times gain by doing this? The details of this story have already been widely circulated and anyone interested is already going to know the relevant facts the Times omitted. How many people are there who only get their news from the New York Times?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    The NYT manages the news for the peace of mind and self-esteem of its readers.
    , @Henry's Cat
    How many people read the NYT like Russians used to read Pravda - only to learn what the received wisdom is.
    , @Jus' Sayin'...
    The readership of the NYT don't want to know the truth. They can't handle the truth. Otherwise they would not be reading the NYT.
  11. The irony is that when it comes to anything #MeToo, allegations are ALWAYS fit to print, no matter how outlandish. #believeallwomen. The same loose standards exist for alleging a hate crime: as long as a potential victim said it happened, you can report it like it happened. When it comes to hate hoaxes, on the other hand, you need ten witnesses and a conviction before you can cover it.

  12. Solan Deb blocked me on Twitter in 2016 during Trump’s campaign when I asked him uncomfortable questions. He is a dirty dishonest hack.

  13. @Barnard
    Their names have been confirmed by their attorney. It is a known fact they are Nigerian, already knew Smollett and are black. The fact that they are black and Smollett claims he was attacked by two white men, with no hedging on this detail, is the biggest part of the story.

    What does the Times gain by doing this? The details of this story have already been widely circulated and anyone interested is already going to know the relevant facts the Times omitted. How many people are there who only get their news from the New York Times?

    The NYT manages the news for the peace of mind and self-esteem of its readers.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    Amongst those readers Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden – both very engaged in favor of Jussie Smollett lately.
    , @RW
    Steve, you say you're giving this case a lot of attention because, if it turns out like you think, it will force the media to finally admit the existence of hate hoaxes. But what's the difference between this and the Duke rape case or the Rolling Stone rape hoax? Or even Covington, with the media giving loads of air time to the Indian dude making false allegations? Whoopie Goldberg did finally asked out loud "Why do we keep making the same mistake?" So maybe it's the cumulative effect of so many dumb mistakes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBnQbc_uJw0 (at 0.57)
    , @al-Gharaniq
    The NYT has a brilliant new business model for the new era of media—"managing" the news instead of reporting it!
    , @Alfa158
    That’s what keeps them subscribing. Once ethics in journalism become obsolete, you are just selling a product so therefore you give your customers whatever they want, and not coincidentally what you want for your ideological agenda.
    , @Hypnotoad666

    The NYT manages the news for the peace of mind and self-esteem of its readers.
     
    All the Liberal bias confirmation that is fit to print.
  14. They did mention their race: “two brothers arrested.” Is anyone reading that then visualizing Chinese math students?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    J.Ross…. of course "brothers' How perceptive of you.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    It would have helped if they had referred to them as "two bruthas."

    It's shameful to consider yourself a journalist and yet work to conceal the truth like Sopan Deb. The big paycheck and social connections approval of your peers help you deal with that, of course.
  15. Wow. NYT Journalists take notice of Steve Sailer.

    Steve you have a big footprint!

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Peri, a big footprint stomping on the NYT forever.
    , @Spaulding Smails
    I’m still surprised at the fact that NYMag ran that profile of him a couple years back. Even with them smearing him at every chance they had he comes off in it looking nothing short of vatic re: 2016. I think it’s less them noticing him and more them deliberately not mentioning, interacting with, or generally doing anything to draw attention to him. Guess this NYT guy didn’t get the memo.

    Still, people are getting noticed on Twitter this week! First Adam Friedland and Chelsea Clinton (look it up; she self-owns HARD) and Lena Dunham saying she likes Red Scare (who dunk on her constantly).

  16. >Or this is a case of us being very careful in a criminal case and only dealing with known facts, given how many journalists have gotten things wrong on this story.

    I guess it’s good that they learned their lesson after the Covington MAGA hat(e) incident. It’s certainly not a good look for a newspaper to rush to publish and get a bunch of facts wrong.

    • LOL: ic1000
  17. The local news has a description of the Aurora shooter but is not releasing it: Coulter’s law in effect. Shooter worked a normal shift morning and then went Akbar after lunch, on a mid-month Friday. Highly likely this is their payday, he had showed up after an increasingly contentious career to get that check, they try the “fire him at the end of the day to get one last day of work out of him” shtick, he reacts badly.

    • Replies: @Clyde

    The local news has a description of the Aurora shooter but is not releasing it: Coulter’s law in effect.
     
    The gunman's sister Tameka Martin told WBEZ that he had worked at Henry Pratt for about 20 years before losing his job about two weeks ago.
    From UK Daily Mail
  18. @ChrisZ
    Steve’s discovery of how the Times reverts to an elder, duller standard of journalism whenever a story turns against its favored narrative is such a terrific insight.

    But it needs a pithy, accessible phrase to describe it, in the tradition of “invade the world, invite the world,” “Occams butterknife,” and “coalition of the fringes.”

    Selective scrutiny? Strategic scrutiny, maybe?

    Or, to give it a distinctly SWPL flavor: fact-curating!

    • Replies: @International Jew

    fact-curating
     
    Fact curetting!
  19. The Times specializes in the kind of oily dishonesty described above. Give me an honestly transparent propaganda sheet like the Guardian, better. At least you can tell when you’re being lied to.

    • Replies: @Western
    I think all media should have to be transparent in their politics. I would much rather read a paper or watch a tv show where I know the point of view they promote.

    Any organization that pretends to be unbiased shouldn't be taken seriously by the public.

    At the time of the Revolution, papers were partisan from what I understand.

    I think tv and radio may have led to all the pretending that news is unbiased because they had limited airways so they felt a responsibility to try to be impartial as difficult as it is.

    I wonder if people in 1900 thought the news was neutral.
  20. Kinda related, I really do wonder how effectively this is gonna get memory-holed and/or mythologized as a real hate crime. During the Sarah Jeong brouhaha last year the thing that really struck me wasn’t the kill YT stuff (which struck me as pretty boilerplate stuff as far as what leftist journos say when they think noone’s watching) but how she believed Jackie Coakley and Crystal Gail Mangum. Not many people talked about that at the time but it kinda blew me out of the water. Like, either she’s embarrassingly dumb and uninformed or lefties are speaking in knowingly-false shibboleths not just to the general public but amongst themselves, behind closed doors. Either way the implications are crazy.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    She had no choice, this cult defines membership by belief. In one possible future all these people will "reveal" that, of course, they didn't really believe this stuff, but the money was too good to refuse.
  21. @Steve Sailer
    The NYT manages the news for the peace of mind and self-esteem of its readers.

    Amongst those readers Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden – both very engaged in favor of Jussie Smollett lately.

  22. @J.Ross
    They did mention their race: "two brothers arrested." Is anyone reading that then visualizing Chinese math students?

    J.Ross…. of course “brothers’ How perceptive of you.

  23. @Peripatetic Commenter
    Wow. NYT Journalists take notice of Steve Sailer.

    Steve you have a big footprint!

    Peri, a big footprint stomping on the NYT forever.

  24. Then: White Hispanics.

    Now: White Nigerians!

    • LOL: Anonymous Jew
  25. Just like MSM and its coverage that there was NO Russia Collusion.

  26. @J.Ross
    They did mention their race: "two brothers arrested." Is anyone reading that then visualizing Chinese math students?

    It would have helped if they had referred to them as “two bruthas.”

    It’s shameful to consider yourself a journalist and yet work to conceal the truth like Sopan Deb. The big paycheck and social connections approval of your peers help you deal with that, of course.

  27. @Peripatetic Commenter
    Wow. NYT Journalists take notice of Steve Sailer.

    Steve you have a big footprint!

    I’m still surprised at the fact that NYMag ran that profile of him a couple years back. Even with them smearing him at every chance they had he comes off in it looking nothing short of vatic re: 2016. I think it’s less them noticing him and more them deliberately not mentioning, interacting with, or generally doing anything to draw attention to him. Guess this NYT guy didn’t get the memo.

    Still, people are getting noticed on Twitter this week! First Adam Friedland and Chelsea Clinton (look it up; she self-owns HARD) and Lena Dunham saying she likes Red Scare (who dunk on her constantly).

  28. Interesting, so these are the two guys from the surveillance video, the same two that Smollett stated he was sure attacked him (“Cause … I was there.”). How is he going to backpedal on this one? He’s repeated over and over that the attack was racism, but how could he have not known his attackers were black? Most odd thing is this description of his attackers that Jussie provided in the police report:

    “The primary aggressor was wearing a black mask concealing any facial features and both offenders were dressed in black,” the report said. “The victim does not remember any other distinguishing features of the offenders”.

    Uhh, no Jussie, that wasn’t a black mask on one and black clothes on the other…, and those WERE their distinguishing features… they were black!

    Perhaps Jussie wanted his attackers to be white so bad he transformed their skin into a mask and clothes in his mind. Ehh, who am I kidding, any idiot can see that he knew these two before the incident and the whole “attack” was staged.

  29. Trump should tweet about why this proves he’s right to build The Wall and that there is no place in America for immigrants who commit such terrible hate crimes against the black and gay communities.

    • Agree: Travis
  30. The NYT has become the slutty girl sitting on the barstool. cross legged, with no panties…knowing that this is the only way you would glance her way. Steve should give up posting NYT stories for Lent.

    • Replies: @PSR
    I wish he would quite citing the NYT permanently. To me their hiring of Sarah Jeong was a declaration that politics matters, truth does not.
  31. Here is Ola performing the Ray Ray police interrogation scene from Jackie Brown. Good practice.

    Posted 11 days before the MAGA attack.

    • Replies: @Clifford Brown
    Not a scene from Jackie Brown.
  32. “It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more,” Smollett told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “A lot more.”

    He also said that he was sure that the men in the surveillance images were the ones who attacked him that night.

    Yeah, Jussie, I think it’s safe to say that if you’d accused a couple black guys, and not a couple white guys, there’d probably be a lot less doubt coming your way, now that two black guys have been taken into custody.

    Or this is a case of us being very careful in a criminal case and only dealing with known facts, given how many journalists have gotten things wrong on this story.

    It’s a total cohencidence that the NYT’s strange new respect for facts and carefulness works in favor of The Narrative.

  33. Has the SPLC or any other racial grievance organization declared the word game “hangman” a hate crime? Wikipedia notes the game’s potential to offend, but also notes that it can still be found in grammar school classrooms. Allowing children to draw a noose and a stick figure of a hanging man, no wonder there is so much hate!! No doubt early exposure to this vile game breeds racists for life.

  34. @Steve Sailer
    The NYT manages the news for the peace of mind and self-esteem of its readers.

    Steve, you say you’re giving this case a lot of attention because, if it turns out like you think, it will force the media to finally admit the existence of hate hoaxes. But what’s the difference between this and the Duke rape case or the Rolling Stone rape hoax? Or even Covington, with the media giving loads of air time to the Indian dude making false allegations? Whoopie Goldberg did finally asked out loud “Why do we keep making the same mistake?” So maybe it’s the cumulative effect of so many dumb mistakes.

    (at 0.57)

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Why do you think they're mistakes? We're not talking about trained detectives who mis-transcribed an address or scientists who put a petri dish in the wrong temperature for incubation. We're not talking about honest people, acting in good faith and maintaining skills, who slipped up. We're talking about cultists who ritually accuse, defame, and eventually defeat their targets, as the defining act of their cult. There is no point at which the truth matters to these people. In the swasticactus hoaxes, in the campus rape hoaxes, in the Russian hackers hoaxes, these same people will freely admit the truth on specifics and then blithely restire the lie in general terms -- yes you refuted that one point, but that doesn't change the normality of violent rape at almost all-female, well-policed, high end colleges, that was just one case.
    A new one just opened up at Yale: an outaged student says that her butt may have been grabbed at a frat party. This is national news. The NPR segment interviewed a valley girl "professor" who sounded younger and less well-spoken than the student.
  35. @ChrisZ
    Steve’s discovery of how the Times reverts to an elder, duller standard of journalism whenever a story turns against its favored narrative is such a terrific insight.

    But it needs a pithy, accessible phrase to describe it, in the tradition of “invade the world, invite the world,” “Occams butterknife,” and “coalition of the fringes.”

    Propaganda. Malicious journalism. Dishonesty.

    • Replies: @lavoisier
    Virtuous Evil.
  36. In Black neighborhoods, Nigerians own the local hardware stores and always charge 3-times the going rate for items over the usual Home Depot price.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Detective, do they sell clothesline?
  37. @Colin Wright
    The Times specializes in the kind of oily dishonesty described above. Give me an honestly transparent propaganda sheet like the Guardian, better. At least you can tell when you're being lied to.

    I think all media should have to be transparent in their politics. I would much rather read a paper or watch a tv show where I know the point of view they promote.

    Any organization that pretends to be unbiased shouldn’t be taken seriously by the public.

    At the time of the Revolution, papers were partisan from what I understand.

    I think tv and radio may have led to all the pretending that news is unbiased because they had limited airways so they felt a responsibility to try to be impartial as difficult as it is.

    I wonder if people in 1900 thought the news was neutral.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
    • Replies: @Alfa158
    They seem pretty transparent to me.
    As to the old days, look at old newspapers and magazines. They were openly and avowedly political, the only difference is that there were newspapers on all points of the political spectrum whereas today US papers cover the whole political spectrum from A to B. (non US media are a little more politically diverse). Those old papers were pretty entertaining, the fierce and scurrilous content of their editorial columns and cartoons were on the level of what we see today in anonymous on-line flame wars.
  38. @Steve Sailer
    The NYT manages the news for the peace of mind and self-esteem of its readers.

    The NYT has a brilliant new business model for the new era of media—”managing” the news instead of reporting it!

  39. @Clifford Brown
    Here is Ola performing the Ray Ray police interrogation scene from Jackie Brown. Good practice.

    Posted 11 days before the MAGA attack.

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

    Not a scene from Jackie Brown.

  40. https://postimg.cc/ZBZjskjW
    Mass shootings “happen” as a rule in places where the victims are unable to shoot back. This is then used to argue for making the entire country like those places.
    They also “happen” immediately after Trump achieves some victory or escapes some penalty. And once they happened every week for a year, with much media fanfare, and then abruptly went back to their normal rate.

  41. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    Another post on what the Backward says.

    OT:

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Isn’t Looking to Retire Yet, But Is Another Supreme Court Justice Ready to Go?
    https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/ruth-bader-ginsburg-isnt-looking-to-retire-yet-but-is-another-supreme-court-justice-ready-to-go

    No one tells a Supreme Court Justice when to retire. But there are currently two retirement dramas under way at the Court—one semi-public and the other semi-private—and they both have the potential to reshape the meaning of the Constitution for decades.

    The public story is that of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Court’s senior liberal. Late last year, she fell and broke three ribs and, when she was being treated, doctors discovered that she had lung cancer, her third bout with cancer. She underwent surgery, apparently successfully, and the Court released word that she would need no further treatment. But, in January, she missed oral arguments for the first time in twenty-five years on the Court, and there is no guarantee that she will be there when the Justices next hear cases, on February 19th. Still, the retirement drama regarding Ginsburg is straightforward. She will hang on for as long as she can, in the hopes that a Democratic President will appoint her successor after the 2020 election.

    The more complex drama involves Clarence Thomas, who is seventy years old and the longest-tenured Associate Justice on the Court. With fifty-three Republicans now in the Senate (and no filibusters allowed on Supreme Court nominations), President Trump would have a free hand in choosing a dream candidate for his conservative base if Thomas were to retire this year. The summer of 2019 would seem an ideal time to add a third younger conservative to the Court (along with Neil Gorsuch, who is fifty-one, and Brett Kavanaugh, who is fifty-four). It’s true that Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, would likely violate his Merrick Garland rule and try to push through a nominee in 2020, an election year, but 2019 would be much easier to navigate. So, many conservatives are asking, why shouldn’t Thomas leave now?

    The biggest problem is up front:

    No one tells a Supreme Court Justice when to retire.

    There needs to be.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    This. When lifetime appointments were imposed, people did not routinely live to be eighty-five and, if they did, they voluntarily retired anyway. The argument for lifetime appointments is separation from politicking but in Ginsburg's case that is for to laugh, we end up with a lifetime of law-rewriting activism. Ginsburg's stated motivation for persisting (and other things like banishing men) is to achieve political goals.
    , @Flip
    All Federal judges should have to retire at age 70.
  42. I for one salute our new onomastic overlords!

    Sopan Deb =

    Band pose.
    Bad peons.
    Bans dope.

    Bean pods.
    Aspen bod.
    Nab dopes.

    Nabs op-ed.
    Ape bonds.
    Don be sap.

    A-ped snob, boa pends:

  43. @Buffalo Joe
    The NYT has become the slutty girl sitting on the barstool. cross legged, with no panties...knowing that this is the only way you would glance her way. Steve should give up posting NYT stories for Lent.

    I wish he would quite citing the NYT permanently. To me their hiring of Sarah Jeong was a declaration that politics matters, truth does not.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    This is what our enemies read. Steve is doing us a favor by letting us know what the latest attack on us is.
  44. @Spaulding Smails
    Kinda related, I really do wonder how effectively this is gonna get memory-holed and/or mythologized as a real hate crime. During the Sarah Jeong brouhaha last year the thing that really struck me wasn’t the kill YT stuff (which struck me as pretty boilerplate stuff as far as what leftist journos say when they think noone’s watching) but how she believed Jackie Coakley and Crystal Gail Mangum. Not many people talked about that at the time but it kinda blew me out of the water. Like, either she’s embarrassingly dumb and uninformed or lefties are speaking in knowingly-false shibboleths not just to the general public but amongst themselves, behind closed doors. Either way the implications are crazy.

    She had no choice, this cult defines membership by belief. In one possible future all these people will “reveal” that, of course, they didn’t really believe this stuff, but the money was too good to refuse.

  45. Or Tawana Brawley (“After 32 Years, Former Dutchess County ADA Steven Pagones Finally Admits Guilt!!”)

  46. @J.Ross
    The local news has a description of the Aurora shooter but is not releasing it: Coulter's law in effect. Shooter worked a normal shift morning and then went Akbar after lunch, on a mid-month Friday. Highly likely this is their payday, he had showed up after an increasingly contentious career to get that check, they try the "fire him at the end of the day to get one last day of work out of him" shtick, he reacts badly.

    The local news has a description of the Aurora shooter but is not releasing it: Coulter’s law in effect.

    The gunman’s sister Tameka Martin told WBEZ that he had worked at Henry Pratt for about 20 years before losing his job about two weeks ago.
    From UK Daily Mail

  47. @RW
    Steve, you say you're giving this case a lot of attention because, if it turns out like you think, it will force the media to finally admit the existence of hate hoaxes. But what's the difference between this and the Duke rape case or the Rolling Stone rape hoax? Or even Covington, with the media giving loads of air time to the Indian dude making false allegations? Whoopie Goldberg did finally asked out loud "Why do we keep making the same mistake?" So maybe it's the cumulative effect of so many dumb mistakes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBnQbc_uJw0 (at 0.57)

    Why do you think they’re mistakes? We’re not talking about trained detectives who mis-transcribed an address or scientists who put a petri dish in the wrong temperature for incubation. We’re not talking about honest people, acting in good faith and maintaining skills, who slipped up. We’re talking about cultists who ritually accuse, defame, and eventually defeat their targets, as the defining act of their cult. There is no point at which the truth matters to these people. In the swasticactus hoaxes, in the campus rape hoaxes, in the Russian hackers hoaxes, these same people will freely admit the truth on specifics and then blithely restire the lie in general terms — yes you refuted that one point, but that doesn’t change the normality of violent rape at almost all-female, well-policed, high end colleges, that was just one case.
    A new one just opened up at Yale: an outaged student says that her butt may have been grabbed at a frat party. This is national news. The NPR segment interviewed a valley girl “professor” who sounded younger and less well-spoken than the student.

    • Replies: @RW
    That's basically the same point I'm making to Steve: Why would the media admit the existence of hate hoaxes in this case when they haven't before?
  48. Africans have a different accent than Americans. Not only that but they are less conversant in ebonics. If they said anything to him it would have been a dead giveaway that these were blacks from Africa. That should have been in the initial story. That it wasn’t shows it was a hoax 0r lie to protect his pals and the media intentionally tried to make it about whites.

  49. @Barnard
    Their names have been confirmed by their attorney. It is a known fact they are Nigerian, already knew Smollett and are black. The fact that they are black and Smollett claims he was attacked by two white men, with no hedging on this detail, is the biggest part of the story.

    What does the Times gain by doing this? The details of this story have already been widely circulated and anyone interested is already going to know the relevant facts the Times omitted. How many people are there who only get their news from the New York Times?

    How many people read the NYT like Russians used to read Pravda – only to learn what the received wisdom is.

    • Replies: @lavoisier

    How many people read the NYT like Russians used to read Pravda – only to learn what the received wisdom is.
     
    Think of the typical reader of the New York Times as the typical churchgoer attending one of John Hagees's overblown sermons.

    A person of devout and touching faith with little going on upstairs.
    , @International Jew
    Russians put all that care and intuition into reading Pravda because there was no Soviet Breitbart/NationalReview/Drudge. It was read Pravda (or Izvestia, Komsomol'skaya Pravda, Vechernaya Moskva...) with great care and intuition, or read no news at all.

    I no longer bother with the Times. I used to when it was still 50% or so true, but now it's a waste of time, except for laughs (and for that I rely on Steve finding the best articles).

    I've fully outsourced my Times reading to Steve.
  50. @Anonymous
    Another post on what the Backward says.

    OT:

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Isn’t Looking to Retire Yet, But Is Another Supreme Court Justice Ready to Go?
    https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/ruth-bader-ginsburg-isnt-looking-to-retire-yet-but-is-another-supreme-court-justice-ready-to-go

    No one tells a Supreme Court Justice when to retire. But there are currently two retirement dramas under way at the Court—one semi-public and the other semi-private—and they both have the potential to reshape the meaning of the Constitution for decades.

    The public story is that of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Court’s senior liberal. Late last year, she fell and broke three ribs and, when she was being treated, doctors discovered that she had lung cancer, her third bout with cancer. She underwent surgery, apparently successfully, and the Court released word that she would need no further treatment. But, in January, she missed oral arguments for the first time in twenty-five years on the Court, and there is no guarantee that she will be there when the Justices next hear cases, on February 19th. Still, the retirement drama regarding Ginsburg is straightforward. She will hang on for as long as she can, in the hopes that a Democratic President will appoint her successor after the 2020 election.

    The more complex drama involves Clarence Thomas, who is seventy years old and the longest-tenured Associate Justice on the Court. With fifty-three Republicans now in the Senate (and no filibusters allowed on Supreme Court nominations), President Trump would have a free hand in choosing a dream candidate for his conservative base if Thomas were to retire this year. The summer of 2019 would seem an ideal time to add a third younger conservative to the Court (along with Neil Gorsuch, who is fifty-one, and Brett Kavanaugh, who is fifty-four). It’s true that Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, would likely violate his Merrick Garland rule and try to push through a nominee in 2020, an election year, but 2019 would be much easier to navigate. So, many conservatives are asking, why shouldn’t Thomas leave now?
     

    The biggest problem is up front:

    No one tells a Supreme Court Justice when to retire.

    There needs to be.

    This. When lifetime appointments were imposed, people did not routinely live to be eighty-five and, if they did, they voluntarily retired anyway. The argument for lifetime appointments is separation from politicking but in Ginsburg’s case that is for to laugh, we end up with a lifetime of law-rewriting activism. Ginsburg’s stated motivation for persisting (and other things like banishing men) is to achieve political goals.

    • Agree: bomag
  51. @PSR
    I wish he would quite citing the NYT permanently. To me their hiring of Sarah Jeong was a declaration that politics matters, truth does not.

    This is what our enemies read. Steve is doing us a favor by letting us know what the latest attack on us is.

  52. Local beat reporters rarely go out of their way to confirm progressive narratives. Why is local beat reporting immune from social taboos about race, gender, class, etc.? Even local L.A. newscasts are pretty blunt about such things.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Being a successful local reporter usually means being on good terms with the cops. It's not just quid pro quo, it's being the kind of person whom cops think are okay: e.g., you think Jussie Smollett's story sounds like BS.
    , @Svigor
    Local reporting is basically where the news stops. Beyond that, the narrative begins. I don't claim to know how this sausage gets made, but we see the product over and over again. Maybe it's something like "people in this city want to know wtf is going on in this city, and we'll respect that, but the national narrative is our business, and frankly people in other cities have no need or right to know what's going on in this city; they get to know what's going on in their city, and no more."

    It was no different with this story. I ran a couple searches for "Smollett Hoax" yesterday, and got a bunch of national-level cover stories denying any hoax, and a couple of much more honest pieces from CBS Chicago and ABC Chicago, IIRC.

    , @ic1000
    > Why is local beat reporting immune from social taboos about race, gender, class, etc.?

    Here in East Coast rust-belt city, the four local TV news shows have a shared protocol for handling race when it comes to reporting street crime and assorted mayhem.

    * The reporter and anchor must not mention the race of the alleged perpetrator.
    * If a mug shot of a black, Hispanic, or white person is shown, viewers may conclude that the perp is black, Hispanic, or white, respectively.
    * If no mug shot is shown, viewers may conclude that the perp is black.
  53. Yeah, it really boggles the mind on the Emmett Till case. I mean, can’t they once and for all figure out whether he did or didn’t whistle at that white woman.

  54. @Anonymous
    Another post on what the Backward says.

    OT:

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Isn’t Looking to Retire Yet, But Is Another Supreme Court Justice Ready to Go?
    https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/ruth-bader-ginsburg-isnt-looking-to-retire-yet-but-is-another-supreme-court-justice-ready-to-go

    No one tells a Supreme Court Justice when to retire. But there are currently two retirement dramas under way at the Court—one semi-public and the other semi-private—and they both have the potential to reshape the meaning of the Constitution for decades.

    The public story is that of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Court’s senior liberal. Late last year, she fell and broke three ribs and, when she was being treated, doctors discovered that she had lung cancer, her third bout with cancer. She underwent surgery, apparently successfully, and the Court released word that she would need no further treatment. But, in January, she missed oral arguments for the first time in twenty-five years on the Court, and there is no guarantee that she will be there when the Justices next hear cases, on February 19th. Still, the retirement drama regarding Ginsburg is straightforward. She will hang on for as long as she can, in the hopes that a Democratic President will appoint her successor after the 2020 election.

    The more complex drama involves Clarence Thomas, who is seventy years old and the longest-tenured Associate Justice on the Court. With fifty-three Republicans now in the Senate (and no filibusters allowed on Supreme Court nominations), President Trump would have a free hand in choosing a dream candidate for his conservative base if Thomas were to retire this year. The summer of 2019 would seem an ideal time to add a third younger conservative to the Court (along with Neil Gorsuch, who is fifty-one, and Brett Kavanaugh, who is fifty-four). It’s true that Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, would likely violate his Merrick Garland rule and try to push through a nominee in 2020, an election year, but 2019 would be much easier to navigate. So, many conservatives are asking, why shouldn’t Thomas leave now?
     

    The biggest problem is up front:

    No one tells a Supreme Court Justice when to retire.

    There needs to be.

    All Federal judges should have to retire at age 70.

  55. @Steve Sailer
    Right.

    Why doesn’t the New York Times do a story on the Christian-Newsom torture murders? Unlike Emmett Till, the case is not over. Another trial (the eighth) is scheduled for this August.

    • Replies: @sayless
    How do the victims’ families keep their sanity. It’s been eleven years. Or twelve.
  56. @Steve Sailer
    The NYT manages the news for the peace of mind and self-esteem of its readers.

    That’s what keeps them subscribing. Once ethics in journalism become obsolete, you are just selling a product so therefore you give your customers whatever they want, and not coincidentally what you want for your ideological agenda.

  57. @Western
    I think all media should have to be transparent in their politics. I would much rather read a paper or watch a tv show where I know the point of view they promote.

    Any organization that pretends to be unbiased shouldn't be taken seriously by the public.

    At the time of the Revolution, papers were partisan from what I understand.

    I think tv and radio may have led to all the pretending that news is unbiased because they had limited airways so they felt a responsibility to try to be impartial as difficult as it is.

    I wonder if people in 1900 thought the news was neutral.

    They seem pretty transparent to me.
    As to the old days, look at old newspapers and magazines. They were openly and avowedly political, the only difference is that there were newspapers on all points of the political spectrum whereas today US papers cover the whole political spectrum from A to B. (non US media are a little more politically diverse). Those old papers were pretty entertaining, the fierce and scurrilous content of their editorial columns and cartoons were on the level of what we see today in anonymous on-line flame wars.

  58. @David In TN
    Why doesn't the New York Times do a story on the Christian-Newsom torture murders? Unlike Emmett Till, the case is not over. Another trial (the eighth) is scheduled for this August.

    How do the victims’ families keep their sanity. It’s been eleven years. Or twelve.

  59. “It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more,” Smollett told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “A lot more.”

    Of course they would. On another web site they interviewed a black guy who lived in the area and he said that he never believed it because half the people in the neighborhood are gay and the other half black.

  60. @ChrisZ
    Steve’s discovery of how the Times reverts to an elder, duller standard of journalism whenever a story turns against its favored narrative is such a terrific insight.

    But it needs a pithy, accessible phrase to describe it, in the tradition of “invade the world, invite the world,” “Occams butterknife,” and “coalition of the fringes.”

    Thanks for the replies from Spaulding and Andrew. I’ve given this some further consideration, too.

    What I’m envisioning is a term that would describe the practice of writing that’s *intended* to put the reader to sleep. I came up with:

    Sleep-writing (after sleep-walking; direct but not descriptive of the phenomenon)

    Scryptophan (after tryptophan, the sleep-inducing chemical in turkey; cute but too obscure)

    Invegetative Journalism (this one made me smile: reporting that puts you in a vegetative state, but also is a parody of genuine investigation. But does it convey the idea to the uninitiated?)

    Maybe something else will materialize after a night’s sleep? Reading that Smollett article again will have me out in no time.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666

    Sleep-writing (after sleep-walking; direct but not descriptive of the phenomenon)
     
    I really like "sleep writing." Because the intent is absolutely to dull your interest in the facts (seemingly the opposite of what a reporter would want to do) But I guess it would have to be "selective sleep-writing" in this case.

    You could also call it "weaponized boredom." They deliberately bore their readers to keep them from noticing interesting (but inconvinient) facts.

    Compare this calculated dullness with the breathless, emotional coverage when they thought they had a white defendant in their sights in Houston just a few weeks ago.
    , @Dieter Kief
    @ Hypnotoad666 - your descriptive expression "All the Liberal bias confirmation that is fit to print" in comment No. 78 is excellent!
  61. @AndrewR
    Propaganda. Malicious journalism. Dishonesty.

    Virtuous Evil.

  62. @Henry's Cat
    How many people read the NYT like Russians used to read Pravda - only to learn what the received wisdom is.

    How many people read the NYT like Russians used to read Pravda – only to learn what the received wisdom is.

    Think of the typical reader of the New York Times as the typical churchgoer attending one of John Hagees’s overblown sermons.

    A person of devout and touching faith with little going on upstairs.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    John Hagee is a heretic and a God-damned rapture bunny. He should be sent to Israel so the orthodox Jews can spit on him.
  63. @Detective Club
    In Black neighborhoods, Nigerians own the local hardware stores and always charge 3-times the going rate for items over the usual Home Depot price.
    https://youtu.be/Y3ToWVTAeA0

    Detective, do they sell clothesline?

  64. @J.Ross
    Why do you think they're mistakes? We're not talking about trained detectives who mis-transcribed an address or scientists who put a petri dish in the wrong temperature for incubation. We're not talking about honest people, acting in good faith and maintaining skills, who slipped up. We're talking about cultists who ritually accuse, defame, and eventually defeat their targets, as the defining act of their cult. There is no point at which the truth matters to these people. In the swasticactus hoaxes, in the campus rape hoaxes, in the Russian hackers hoaxes, these same people will freely admit the truth on specifics and then blithely restire the lie in general terms -- yes you refuted that one point, but that doesn't change the normality of violent rape at almost all-female, well-policed, high end colleges, that was just one case.
    A new one just opened up at Yale: an outaged student says that her butt may have been grabbed at a frat party. This is national news. The NPR segment interviewed a valley girl "professor" who sounded younger and less well-spoken than the student.

    That’s basically the same point I’m making to Steve: Why would the media admit the existence of hate hoaxes in this case when they haven’t before?

  65. @Barnard
    Their names have been confirmed by their attorney. It is a known fact they are Nigerian, already knew Smollett and are black. The fact that they are black and Smollett claims he was attacked by two white men, with no hedging on this detail, is the biggest part of the story.

    What does the Times gain by doing this? The details of this story have already been widely circulated and anyone interested is already going to know the relevant facts the Times omitted. How many people are there who only get their news from the New York Times?

    The readership of the NYT don’t want to know the truth. They can’t handle the truth. Otherwise they would not be reading the NYT.

  66. @lavoisier

    How many people read the NYT like Russians used to read Pravda – only to learn what the received wisdom is.
     
    Think of the typical reader of the New York Times as the typical churchgoer attending one of John Hagees's overblown sermons.

    A person of devout and touching faith with little going on upstairs.

    John Hagee is a heretic and a God-damned rapture bunny. He should be sent to Israel so the orthodox Jews can spit on him.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    His son looks exactly like the mascot for the Big Boy chain of mid-western restaurants.
  67. @Anonymous
    John Hagee is a heretic and a God-damned rapture bunny. He should be sent to Israel so the orthodox Jews can spit on him.

    His son looks exactly like the mascot for the Big Boy chain of mid-western restaurants.

  68. This is going to disappear quickly. Mr Smollett may have torpedoed his acting career. The name Smollett will be verboten in the corporate media except in the rare cases in which the Victorian novelist is mentioned.

  69. You called out the NY Times reporter and he resented it. In a real newspaper, if you are going to report that “two brothers arrested” and their names are public (and they are in this case), then you print their names. This is journalism 101. If two Trump supporters were arrested for something, you damn well know they would print their names so the idea that they were being “very careful” is BS. An arrest is itself a fact, even if you think the people who were arrested are not the real criminals or are not guilty – it is proper journalism in virtually all cases to print the name of people who have been arrested in the US (in other countries there are sometimes laws against it because it is believed to interfere with presumption of innocence, but not in the US, except maybe for juveniles in some places).

    But somehow, you get to the end of this article and not only do the not state the race of the perpetrators (generally they have stopped doing this but this is a racially charged case so the race of the perps is highly salient), they don’t print their photos, they don’t state their nationality and they don’t even give their names, because the names would give it all away. They are very clearly trying to hide the ball. Who was it that said that modern journalism is all about NOT printing stories that would be embarrassing to Democrats?

    I really don’t know who they are doing this for. We live in the internet age and everyone who is interested can find out the facts despite the NY Time’s best efforts. Maybe they can fool their loyal readership that reads only the liberal press for another day or 2 but the story seems to be crumbling fast. “All the News that’s FIT TO PRINT” has a new Orwellian meaning nowadays. This is going to hurt their brand in the long run, even with the leftist readership they are looking for. NY Times readers may be leftists but nobody likes being played for a fool.

    • Agree: South Texas Guy
    • Replies: @Svigor

    I really don’t know who they are doing this for. We live in the internet age and everyone who is interested can find out the facts despite the NY Time’s best efforts. Maybe they can fool their loyal readership that reads only the liberal press for another day or 2 but the story seems to be crumbling fast. “All the News that’s FIT TO PRINT” has a new Orwellian meaning nowadays. This is going to hurt their brand in the long run, even with the leftist readership they are looking for. NY Times readers may be leftists but nobody likes being played for a fool.
     
    One longstanding explanation is virtue-signalling. The idea being that the NYT is telling the left's enforcers that their hearts are in the right place, which really is more important than getting the facts of some silly story right. (From a slightly different angle, the NYT are leftist enforcers, showing their followers how leftism works) It's exactly like in Christianity, where your sins are forgiven, as long as you show faith and devotion.
  70. Breaking news:

    “Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and

    detectives have additional investigative work to complete

    ,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a tweet.

    Hmm, I wonder what this “new evidence” was and why the brothers were released without being charged? Here’s a clue – if the victim consents in advance to being assaulted (e.g. a boxing match) then hitting that person is not a crime.

  71. @Seth Largo
    Local beat reporters rarely go out of their way to confirm progressive narratives. Why is local beat reporting immune from social taboos about race, gender, class, etc.? Even local L.A. newscasts are pretty blunt about such things.

    Being a successful local reporter usually means being on good terms with the cops. It’s not just quid pro quo, it’s being the kind of person whom cops think are okay: e.g., you think Jussie Smollett’s story sounds like BS.

    • Replies: @South Texas Guy
    Yep to you and Jack D. at 70. I've heard cops say stuff that would get them in tons of hot water, but because they knew I wouldn't make a big deal of … whatever, I got better information.

    As far as Jack's comment at 70, felony arrests (everywhere I've ever heard of) are always subject to print; misdemeanor ones are subject to the paper/news outlet. But also, yes. since race was made a big subject in the initial reporting of the case, to not report the two in custody are both black is journalistic ineptitude (but not so much for coalition of the fringes PR efforts).
  72. @Steve Sailer
    Being a successful local reporter usually means being on good terms with the cops. It's not just quid pro quo, it's being the kind of person whom cops think are okay: e.g., you think Jussie Smollett's story sounds like BS.

    Yep to you and Jack D. at 70. I’ve heard cops say stuff that would get them in tons of hot water, but because they knew I wouldn’t make a big deal of … whatever, I got better information.

    As far as Jack’s comment at 70, felony arrests (everywhere I’ve ever heard of) are always subject to print; misdemeanor ones are subject to the paper/news outlet. But also, yes. since race was made a big subject in the initial reporting of the case, to not report the two in custody are both black is journalistic ineptitude (but not so much for coalition of the fringes PR efforts).

  73. @Spaulding Smails
    Selective scrutiny? Strategic scrutiny, maybe?

    Or, to give it a distinctly SWPL flavor: fact-curating!

    fact-curating

    Fact curetting!

  74. @Henry's Cat
    How many people read the NYT like Russians used to read Pravda - only to learn what the received wisdom is.

    Russians put all that care and intuition into reading Pravda because there was no Soviet Breitbart/NationalReview/Drudge. It was read Pravda (or Izvestia, Komsomol’skaya Pravda, Vechernaya Moskva…) with great care and intuition, or read no news at all.

    I no longer bother with the Times. I used to when it was still 50% or so true, but now it’s a waste of time, except for laughs (and for that I rely on Steve finding the best articles).

    I’ve fully outsourced my Times reading to Steve.

  75. @Flip
    Lying by omission

    Compare how they were frothing at the mouth to go after the imaginary Great White perpetrator in Houston a few weeks ago.

    The NYT is worse than Fake News. It is straight up anti-white racist propaganda.

  76. @ChrisZ
    Thanks for the replies from Spaulding and Andrew. I’ve given this some further consideration, too.

    What I’m envisioning is a term that would describe the practice of writing that’s *intended* to put the reader to sleep. I came up with:

    Sleep-writing (after sleep-walking; direct but not descriptive of the phenomenon)

    Scryptophan (after tryptophan, the sleep-inducing chemical in turkey; cute but too obscure)

    Invegetative Journalism (this one made me smile: reporting that puts you in a vegetative state, but also is a parody of genuine investigation. But does it convey the idea to the uninitiated?)

    Maybe something else will materialize after a night’s sleep? Reading that Smollett article again will have me out in no time.

    Sleep-writing (after sleep-walking; direct but not descriptive of the phenomenon)

    I really like “sleep writing.” Because the intent is absolutely to dull your interest in the facts (seemingly the opposite of what a reporter would want to do) But I guess it would have to be “selective sleep-writing” in this case.

    You could also call it “weaponized boredom.” They deliberately bore their readers to keep them from noticing interesting (but inconvinient) facts.

    Compare this calculated dullness with the breathless, emotional coverage when they thought they had a white defendant in their sights in Houston just a few weeks ago.

  77. @Steve Sailer
    The NYT manages the news for the peace of mind and self-esteem of its readers.

    The NYT manages the news for the peace of mind and self-esteem of its readers.

    All the Liberal bias confirmation that is fit to print.

  78. @ChrisZ
    Thanks for the replies from Spaulding and Andrew. I’ve given this some further consideration, too.

    What I’m envisioning is a term that would describe the practice of writing that’s *intended* to put the reader to sleep. I came up with:

    Sleep-writing (after sleep-walking; direct but not descriptive of the phenomenon)

    Scryptophan (after tryptophan, the sleep-inducing chemical in turkey; cute but too obscure)

    Invegetative Journalism (this one made me smile: reporting that puts you in a vegetative state, but also is a parody of genuine investigation. But does it convey the idea to the uninitiated?)

    Maybe something else will materialize after a night’s sleep? Reading that Smollett article again will have me out in no time.

    @ Hypnotoad666 – your descriptive expression “All the Liberal bias confirmation that is fit to print” in comment No. 78 is excellent!

  79. @Jack D
    You called out the NY Times reporter and he resented it. In a real newspaper, if you are going to report that "two brothers arrested" and their names are public (and they are in this case), then you print their names. This is journalism 101. If two Trump supporters were arrested for something, you damn well know they would print their names so the idea that they were being "very careful" is BS. An arrest is itself a fact, even if you think the people who were arrested are not the real criminals or are not guilty - it is proper journalism in virtually all cases to print the name of people who have been arrested in the US (in other countries there are sometimes laws against it because it is believed to interfere with presumption of innocence, but not in the US, except maybe for juveniles in some places).

    But somehow, you get to the end of this article and not only do the not state the race of the perpetrators (generally they have stopped doing this but this is a racially charged case so the race of the perps is highly salient), they don't print their photos, they don't state their nationality and they don't even give their names, because the names would give it all away. They are very clearly trying to hide the ball. Who was it that said that modern journalism is all about NOT printing stories that would be embarrassing to Democrats?

    I really don't know who they are doing this for. We live in the internet age and everyone who is interested can find out the facts despite the NY Time's best efforts. Maybe they can fool their loyal readership that reads only the liberal press for another day or 2 but the story seems to be crumbling fast. "All the News that's FIT TO PRINT" has a new Orwellian meaning nowadays. This is going to hurt their brand in the long run, even with the leftist readership they are looking for. NY Times readers may be leftists but nobody likes being played for a fool.

    I really don’t know who they are doing this for. We live in the internet age and everyone who is interested can find out the facts despite the NY Time’s best efforts. Maybe they can fool their loyal readership that reads only the liberal press for another day or 2 but the story seems to be crumbling fast. “All the News that’s FIT TO PRINT” has a new Orwellian meaning nowadays. This is going to hurt their brand in the long run, even with the leftist readership they are looking for. NY Times readers may be leftists but nobody likes being played for a fool.

    One longstanding explanation is virtue-signalling. The idea being that the NYT is telling the left’s enforcers that their hearts are in the right place, which really is more important than getting the facts of some silly story right. (From a slightly different angle, the NYT are leftist enforcers, showing their followers how leftism works) It’s exactly like in Christianity, where your sins are forgiven, as long as you show faith and devotion.

  80. @Seth Largo
    Local beat reporters rarely go out of their way to confirm progressive narratives. Why is local beat reporting immune from social taboos about race, gender, class, etc.? Even local L.A. newscasts are pretty blunt about such things.

    Local reporting is basically where the news stops. Beyond that, the narrative begins. I don’t claim to know how this sausage gets made, but we see the product over and over again. Maybe it’s something like “people in this city want to know wtf is going on in this city, and we’ll respect that, but the national narrative is our business, and frankly people in other cities have no need or right to know what’s going on in this city; they get to know what’s going on in their city, and no more.”

    It was no different with this story. I ran a couple searches for “Smollett Hoax” yesterday, and got a bunch of national-level cover stories denying any hoax, and a couple of much more honest pieces from CBS Chicago and ABC Chicago, IIRC.

  81. So NYT cub reporter Sopan Deb responded on Twitter to Steve’s unkind tweet. Deb’s content is amusing to those watching from the iSteve gallery.

    Or this is a case of us being belatedly starting to be very careful in a criminal case and only dealing with convenient known facts while ignoring inconvenient known facts, given how many journalists have gotten things wrong on this story by credulously following our NYT anti-gentilism Narrative.

    FIFY.

    More seriously, Deb’s ill-considered twit has to be a serious process violation for a legacy press reporter. The playbook calls on journalists to ignore the gnats, not engage them. And that assumes that a credible rebuttal is possible, obviously not the case here.

    I went to the article’s webpage to be entertained by its comments, but there are none to be had on this important story. So at least the editors have learned that much.

    Edit: No Comments, but at the bottom of the page is an invitation to read further: “Welcome to Race/Related, a weekly newsletter focused on race, identity and culture.”

    Here are the three Race/Related articles selected just for me:

    * Feb. 8 — Why a Town Is Finally Honoring a Black Veteran Attacked by Its White Police Chief
    * Feb. 9 — When We’re Surrounded by Blackface
    * Feb. 8 — Beyond College Campuses and Public Scandals, a Racist Tradition Lingers

    Parody is dead.

  82. “Democracy dies in darkness.”

    Yes, because Fake News keeps its readers “in the dark”.

  83. @Seth Largo
    Local beat reporters rarely go out of their way to confirm progressive narratives. Why is local beat reporting immune from social taboos about race, gender, class, etc.? Even local L.A. newscasts are pretty blunt about such things.

    > Why is local beat reporting immune from social taboos about race, gender, class, etc.?

    Here in East Coast rust-belt city, the four local TV news shows have a shared protocol for handling race when it comes to reporting street crime and assorted mayhem.

    * The reporter and anchor must not mention the race of the alleged perpetrator.
    * If a mug shot of a black, Hispanic, or white person is shown, viewers may conclude that the perp is black, Hispanic, or white, respectively.
    * If no mug shot is shown, viewers may conclude that the perp is black.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I remember an attack on several people with a knife in NYC. A man attacked 5 victims waiting at 2 bus stops and cut them up badly with a knife. He then went down into the subway station and slashed 2 more victims. 7 people in all just waiting for the bus and subway.

    News paper and TV news described him as 5’11 200 pds black Nike’s red swoosh black pants white sweatshirt with hood red padded vest black baseball cap and ever a tooth missing on the left side of his jaw. They got all that, but no description of race as usual.

    Subway stop had a camera he was black of course. SOP for the media
  84. Turns out that cub reporter Sopan Deb’s hard-hitting story missed a few other minor details, too. Lion of the Blogosphere links to the CWBChicago (Crime In Wrigleyville + Boystown) blog, whose 2/16/19 post ends with

    • Police used “rideshare and/or taxicab records” to identify the “persons of interest” and to track their movements on the night of the purported attack.

    • Based on a tip provided to CWBChicago more than a week before the Osundairos were taken into custody, all signs indicate that police slow-played the Smollett case until the timing was right for them to act. The tip stated that two black friends of Smollett took Lyft from the Wrigleyville area to Streeterville where they “attacked” Smollett and then returned home. The two friends would be the ones seen on video, the tipster said, adding that the “rope” found around Smollett’s neck would prove to be clothesline purchased from Ace Hardware. So far, many details of the tip have panned out. Others remain to be proven.

    If this was Jussie’s audition for the role of Professor Moriarity, he may not get the part.

  85. Anonymous[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @ic1000
    > Why is local beat reporting immune from social taboos about race, gender, class, etc.?

    Here in East Coast rust-belt city, the four local TV news shows have a shared protocol for handling race when it comes to reporting street crime and assorted mayhem.

    * The reporter and anchor must not mention the race of the alleged perpetrator.
    * If a mug shot of a black, Hispanic, or white person is shown, viewers may conclude that the perp is black, Hispanic, or white, respectively.
    * If no mug shot is shown, viewers may conclude that the perp is black.

    I remember an attack on several people with a knife in NYC. A man attacked 5 victims waiting at 2 bus stops and cut them up badly with a knife. He then went down into the subway station and slashed 2 more victims. 7 people in all just waiting for the bus and subway.

    News paper and TV news described him as 5’11 200 pds black Nike’s red swoosh black pants white sweatshirt with hood red padded vest black baseball cap and ever a tooth missing on the left side of his jaw. They got all that, but no description of race as usual.

    Subway stop had a camera he was black of course. SOP for the media

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