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Former New York Times reporter Nellie Bowles writes on Bari Weiss’s Substack:

A note on Kenosha in light of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Until quite recently, the mainstream liberal argument was that burning down businesses for racial justice was both good and healthy. Burnings allowed for the expression of righteous rage, and the businesses all had insurance to rebuild.

When I was at the New York Times, I went to Kenosha to see about this, and it turned out to be not true. The part of Kenosha that people burned in the riots was the poor, multi-racial commercial district, full of small, underinsured cell phone shops and car lots. It was very sad to see and to hear from people who had suffered. Beyond the financial loss, small storefronts are quite meaningful to their owners and communities, which continuously baffles the Zoom-class.

Something odd happened with that story after I filed it. It didn’t run. It sat and sat.

Now it could be that the piece was just bad. I’ve sent in bad ones before, and I’ll do it again. A few weeks after I filed, an editor told me: The Times wouldn’t be able to run my Kenosha insurance debacle piece until after the 2020 election, so sorry.

There were a variety of reasons given—space, timing, tweaks here or there.

Eventually the election passed. Biden was in the White House. And my Kenosha story ran.

On Monday, November 9, 2020, 36 hours after the media called the election for Biden. The riots were in late August.

Whatever the reason for holding the piece, covering the suffering after the riots was not a priority. The reality that brought Kyle Rittenhouse into the streets was one we reporters were meant to ignore. …

The Prestige Press’s cover-up of the severity of the BLM/antifa Mostly Peaceful Protests last year was extraordinarily blatant.

 
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  1. Polistra says:

    The owners of the mass media have discovered the vast power they wield, when it comes to shaping public opinion. This discovery isn’t recent, yet we have NYT expats in the year 2021 who are shocked, shocked that it might even be true.

    PS: Sarah Jeong is writing for them again.

    • Replies: @Anon
  2. From the Northwestern University website:

    I prefer Bernie Mac’s version:

    If they old enough to talk back, they old enough to get f’ed up!

  3. The part of Kenosha that people burned in the riots was the poor, multi-racial commercial district, full of small, underinsured cell phone shops and car lots.

    At least in Minneapolis they concentrated on a major commercial drag, East Lake Street. It was many miles from black North Minneapolis, where stray bullets frequently penetrate windows to kill the few kids doing their homework at the table.

    Eventually the election passed. Biden was in the White House. And my Kenosha story ran.

    On Monday, November 9, 2020

    If Biden was in the White House on November 9, he was trespassing.

  4. ‘…The Prestige Press’s cover-up of the severity of the BLM/antifa Mostly Peaceful Protests last year was extraordinarily blatant…’

    That’s an example of why it’s ceased to be the prestige press.

  5. Nellie Bowles and Bari Weiss are engaged to be gay married.

  6. @Dave Pinsen

    Nellie Bowles and Bari Weiss are engaged to be gay married.

    Nothing is more white-supremacist than “gay marriage”:

    Note the exceptions– not very two-spirit of them!

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage

  7. El Dato says:

    and the businesses all had insurance to rebuild

    Even if egregious vandalism, war, riots and acts of God are covered, how do these NYT-reading Brave New World people think “insurance” or even “broken windows” actually work?

  8. @Dave Pinsen

    It’s especially impressive if Bari converted her to both lesbianism and Judaism.

  9. JimDandy says:

    Wow, the Max Boot Zionist-Neocon cabal REALLY wants to burn Kyle.

    Why would that be?

  10. Media ownership is centralized in the hands of a few oligarchs.

  11. @Dave Pinsen

    So unlike her grandmother, Sally !

  12. Adept says:
    @El Dato

    The famous science fiction bookstore Uncle Hugo’s burned to the ground in those riots.

    The elderly proprietor got an insurance payout, but it didn’t cover everything, and he hasn’t been able to find a new location to open his shop. Basically, his livelihood has been destroyed.

    This is, of course, no big deal to the NYT-writing, Zoom-using crowd. They don’t realize that there are real people behind those burnt-out businesses.

  13. Hodag says:

    One thing that is never mentioned in the recent coverage is Kenosha Country Club is an excellent Donald Ross whose greens have never been touched. There is an ongoing tree removal campaign. One problem is there is so much slope in the greens that modern speeds have taken away many pinning positions.

    • LOL: Redmen
  14. @Reg Cæsar

    Wonder if they’d have run the story if Trump had “won” ?

  15. tyrone says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    “If Biden was in the White House on November 9, he was trespassing.”…….now it’s just receiving stollen property .

  16. “The Prestige Press’s cover-up of the severity of the BLM/antifa Mostly Peaceful Protests last year was extraordinarily blatant.”

    But how effective was the cover-up? In 2021, there’s the internet, social media, virtually anyone with a smartphone can post their videos to the internet, etc.

    In other words, unlike in previous generations, the Prestige Press didn’t really fool that many people into thinking that the protests across the country were mostly peaceful, when most Americans could see the damage for themselves online.

  17. @Hypnotoad666

    That really ticks me off. I bet she only converted to Lesbianism and Judaism for the gay jokes!

    Shades of Tim Whatley?:

    • LOL: Muggles
  18. @Reg Cæsar

    The part of Kenosha that people burned in the riots was the poor, multi-racial commercial district

    With Biden in the Whitehouse he was able to enact policies proving they are ‘non-essential’ everywhere. Ain’t inflation grand?

  19. Spud Boy says:

    “The reality that brought Kyle Rittenhouse into the streets was one we reporters were meant to ignore. …”

    A little late to the party, aren’t we Nellie?

  20. anon12 says:

    “mainstream liberal argument was that burning down businesses for racial justice was both good and healthy. Burnings allowed for the expression of righteous rage, and the businesses all had insurance to rebuild.”

    And these are the people that think they are elites, better and wiser than the rest of us, and are disgusted that the rest of us don’t have any use for them.

    • Agree: Forbes
  21. A friend of a friend had a clothes store in the Prairie Shores community of Chicago. His store was completely looted during the BLM rioting. He lost everything and did not have enough insurance to cover the losses. It out him out of business.

  22. It’s almost as though they hate us and want us dead.

    Once you understand that, everything else falls into place.

  23. @Adept

    I went to that store many times to pick up used mysteries (in the Uncle Edgar part). Their inventory was enormous. It would have taken me many days to have gone through it, and I’m sure it took years to build it up. Insurance might deal with the cost of the lost items, but some were irreplaceable.

  24. The inscription on the upper left hand corner of The Gray Hag masthead reads “All the News That’s Fit To Print.”

    And we mustn’t disturb the trajectory of The Narrative, right?

  25. @Adept

    They don’t realize that there are real people behind those burnt-out businesses.

    They don’t care.

    They don’t care there are real people affected by their pet insurrection.

  26. @Adept

    Aww…a pity. On the other hand the Road to Utopia is occasionally strewn with collateral damage so.

  27. Tiny Duck says:

    It was proven that most destrcution was doen by right wing agitators. This is a well known fact. Listen to Leonard Pitts and Chris Hayes.

    • Replies: @TWS
  28. Jack D says:
    @El Dato

    TBH, they have no idea. None of them have ever actually run a business. Wealth magically arrives like the Amazon packages that come to your doorstep. You click on a few buttons on your screen and it just shows up. If it burns for a good cause, you just hit reset and start the video game over.

  29. The part of Kenosha that people burned in the riots was the poor, multi-racial commercial district, full of small, underinsured cell phone shops and car lots.

    The fact that she referred to the riots as riots is newsworthy in itself. Amazing what being unshackled from the NYT can do for one, even if she is still operating in the lib echo chamber.

  30. Jack D says:

    covering the suffering after the riots was not a priority.

    Is she really that naïve to think that it was just a matter of “priorities” – “We only have so much space in the paper so we have to hold your story (which might be helpful to Trump) while we print another 50 articles about the Life of Saint Floyd and about the countless different ways that Trump is evil. It’s just a matter of priorities, you see. Definitely not an intentional effort to spin the news pages in favor of our preferred candidate. That would be wrong.”

    Anyone who doesn’t see yet what is going on doesn’t want to see.

    Yesterday, my brother in law (a Biden Democrat) circulated a Washington Post story to the guest list at our upcoming Thanksgiving dinner as a supposed “non-partisan” topic for discussion.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/11/17/holiday-pies-climate-change/

    According to this article, “climate change” has impacted the supply of “wheat, berries, honey, soybean oil, among numerous other” ingredients in pie and this is why the price of all of these ingredient has soared. It has nothing to do with Biden or the Fed. It’s just that the weather has simultaneously turned bad in every corner of the US* and BTW we’re going to have to take your car away or else it’s going to get even worse. But don’t worry, there’s lots of money in the “infrastructure” bill for subsidizing mass transit fares. Spending money on payroll for unionized bus drivers is definitely a type of “infrastructure”, right?

    *Bad weather seems to be a common feature of all Communist societies. Once the Communists take over, the weather turns bad and goods that were once plentiful become scarce as a result.

  31. @Adept

    This is, of course, no big deal to the NYT-writing, Zoom-using crowd. They don’t realize that there are real people behind those burnt-out businesses.

    Most of them know, they just don’t care. A collection of vile, hateful people.

  32. @Dave Pinsen

    Making someone convert to Judaism so they can get gay married to you is something else.

    All right for you, Nellie Bowles!
    When a man converts, everyone knows,
    they must cut off his foreskin;
    but you don’t risk your skin.
    Conversion’s no skin off your nose!

  33. “an editor told me: The Times wouldn’t be able to run my Kenosha insurance debacle piece until after the 2020 election, so sorry.”

    The Transition Integrity Project was the Supreme Editor in Charge

    Full spectrum dominance of the mainstream press, through covering for BLM/Antifa, to suppressing Hunter Biden’s laptop, to declaring as ‘unsubstantiated’ claims of election fraud in the 2020 election.

    Any deviation from the aim of removing Trump from office was verboten.

    The concern now about the Transition Integrity Project is its legacy effects. The ties that were made can be activated again, when Big Brother has a purpose to do so. The next election will be tightly controlled by TIP 2024.

  34. Lying by omission or lying by commission, I think we are beyond the point of referring to the collective legacy media as the “Prestige Press”, don’t you think? Unless your being deliberately ironic, in which case, touche…

    • Replies: @Forbes
  35. @HammerJack

    Same for abortion.

    I talked with my kids about abortion when they were in kindergarten. I showed them the grisly photos and called it baby killing, so that they understood that some adults are evil.

    They got the message.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  36. @Jack D

    Anyone who doesn’t see yet what is going on doesn’t want to see.

    None are as blind as those who refuse to see.

  37. Until quite recently, the mainstream liberal argument was that burning down businesses for racial justice was both good and healthy. Burnings allowed for the expression of righteous rage, and the businesses all had insurance to rebuild.

    Only in America! I can’t imagine any mainstream political party in any other country making this part of their plan for government.

    Or is this a lobbying effort by the Fire Departments of America?

    San Francisco was reduced to cinders in 1906, but it doesn’t seem to have done real estate values any harm. What other cities could be burned down or nuked for the greater good?

    • Replies: @Cortes
    , @JMcG
  38. Redmen says:
    @Jack D

    That’s a great story Jack. It demonstrates how everything is political to the left now, and only they are able to openly discuss their views in “decent” society. Anyone who points this fact out to them is a paranoid conspiracy theorist, or worse, a racist.

    As far as I can tell, these are the left’s only unifying issues: Climate change, Covid (and the derivative issues like masks, vaccines, etc.), the insurrection of 1/6 (and evil white domestic terrorism it represents which the government should stop), and elections (Putin’s a monster who installed/colluded with Trump, Durham’s biased and a tool of the right, etc.). On practically everything else, the left is hopelessly divided among the aptly named “coalition of the fringes.”

  39. @Jack D

    Yesterday, my brother in law (a Biden Democrat) circulated a Washington Post story to the guest list at our upcoming Thanksgiving dinner as a supposed “non-partisan” topic for discussion.

    Thanksgiving be lit at the D residence.

  40. @Dave Pinsen

    Whether it’s Larry David’s “they convert, we don’t convert” episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, or the episode where he hilariously pisses on a painting of Christ, or Seth Rogan vomiting in a Church during midnight mass on Christmas Eve in The Night Before, jews make the rules and we obey. To quote Barry Weiss on Rogan (or Rosanne who said the exact same thing, again on Rogan): “We jews don’t think of ourselves as white.” Doug Stanhope actually has a bit where he calls out this intense jewish ethnocentrism for what it is (by using the standards they themselces enforce on the goyim): racism. In most matters Stanhope respects the official liberal lines, but I thought this was unusual for a standup comic. Forgive my meanderings.

  41. Cortes says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    No shortage of candidates for the Betjeman treatment:

    Slough
    by John Betjeman
    Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!
    It isn’t fit for humans now,
    There isn’t grass to graze a cow.
    Swarm over, Death!

    Come, bombs and blow to smithereens
    Those air -conditioned, bright canteens,
    Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans,
    Tinned minds, tinned breath.

    Mess up the mess they call a town—
    A house for ninety-seven down
    And once a week a half a crown
    For twenty years.

    And get that man with double chin
    Who’ll always cheat and always win,
    Who washes his repulsive skin
    In women’s tears:

    And smash his desk of polished oak
    And smash his hands so used to stroke
    And stop his boring dirty joke
    And make him yell.

    But spare the bald young clerks who add
    The profits of the stinking cad;
    It’s not their fault that they are mad,
    They’ve tasted Hell.

    It’s not their fault they do not know
    The birdsong from the radio,
    It’s not their fault they often go
    To Maidenhead

    And talk of sport and makes of cars
    In various bogus-Tudor bars
    And daren’t look up and see the stars
    But belch instead.

    In labour-saving homes, with care
    Their wives frizz out peroxide hair
    And dry it in synthetic air
    And paint their nails.

    Come, friendly bombs and fall on Slough
    To get it ready for the plough.
    The cabbages are coming now;
    The earth exhales

    • Thanks: JMcG
  42. Jacobite2 says:
    @Adept

    The NYT cabal realize quite well that there are real people behind those businesses. Real people they look forward to shooting in whatever the US version of the Lubyanka is, or starving in the North American branch of the Gulag.

    • Agree: Forbes
  43. @the one they call Desanex

    “Who cares, when two gaywads get gaywed,
    what faith they’re professing when they wed?
    The whole marriage bit
    is to make kids legit,”
    the gay-marriage naysayers naysaid.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
  44. Muggles says:

    The Prestige Press’s cover-up of the severity of the BLM/antifa Mostly Peaceful Protests last year was extraordinarily blatant.

    I guess you have to be a former NYT “reporter” to find this surprising.

    What is ‘The Prestige Press’?

    Democrat/commie controlled media outlets?

  45. TWS says:
    @Tiny Duck

    2/10 Ducks. Weak, flaccid low energy. Sad

  46. @HammerJack

    It’s a great question.

    Start showing videos like what happened between Kristen Evans & Zac Stacy around 14. Is that too late?

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  47. @Dave Pinsen

    We know which one’s the butch and which one’s the femme. The woman usually converts.

  48. Forbes says:
    @Jack D

    Yesterday, my brother in law (a Biden Democrat) circulated a Washington Post story to the guest list at our upcoming Thanksgiving dinner as a supposed “non-partisan” topic for discussion.

    LOL! I have three brothers and a few cousins who would facetiously torch your brother-in-law–for the idea that some newspaper article is appropriate “food for discussion.” Aside from a grandmother (were she still alive) who would dress-down anyone with such ambitions. Good luck with your B-I-L, thought I doubt you’ll need it–you seem to be able to hold your own. Happy Thanksgiving.

  49. Forbes says:
    @Captain Tripps

    Yeah, I think Steve is being deliberately ironic. His tone tends to be very subtle.

  50. @Reg Cæsar

    It’s taken fifty years but the blacks in Chicago have finally realized that trashing the Golden Mile gets more attention and hurts them less than trashing the hood.

    This could be fun.

    https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/09/30/kyle-rittenhouse-attorney-to-sue-joe-biden-for-defamation-over-false-white-supremacist-ad-979102/

    • Replies: @res
  51. @Alice in Wonderland

    I talked with my kids about abortion when they were in kindergarten. I showed them the grisly photos and called it baby killing…

    The late Aaron D Wolf argued in Chronicles that such pictures degraded the dignity and memory of the victims, and strongly opposed their use in rallies and tracts. Mary Ann Kuharski took the opposite path from Fr Pavone, and put pictures of smiling babies on billboards across the land. She reports constantly receiving messages from young women that those smiling babies were the very thing that changed their minds.

    And their subsequent action.

  52. Anon[266] • Disclaimer says:
    @Polistra

    If we ever get a serious right wing movement in this country, it needs to go after the media. You cannot have a decent country when there are huge industries poiring out lies. We crack down on polluting industries, and this is a particularly toxic one.

  53. @Paperback Writer

    10, or maybe 8 to be on the safe side.
    Kids start young these days.

  54. @res

    I included it because it was part of the Saint George Floyd Memorial riots.
    I saw that Sandmann has settled his lawsuits and presumably will try to settle his life into the style which we’d all like to be accustomed.

    All in all, a much more productive use of his teenage years than mine own.

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