In a new climax for hidden bias, Friday’s New York Times front page published, “Democrats See Adams at Root of State’s Losses,” a supposed report that highlights progressive complaints that Mayor Eric Adams hurt New York Democrats in the election by talking too much about crime and insisting that no-bail laws need to be fixed.
Among the offences:
- He only considered the talking point of the left, not mentioning other theories about the poor performance of Democrats. This, just a day after The Times published a perfectly clear column from veteran Dem consultant Howard Wolfson pointing to two other explanations, namely the gerrymander debacle and the legislature’s refusal to heed clear public concerns about crime.
- He insisted, “New York’s heightened fear of crime is a bit of a chicken-and-egg conundrum,” treating as equal explanations 1) Adams talks about crime, or 2) people see it’s rising. Hel-hey: This is up, and New Yorkers aren’t blind.
- Later, he admits that “crime has increased in New York since the start of the pandemic”, then in the same sentence returns to a first-rate excuse from Holocaust deniers: “but the city is much safer than it seems. It was in the 1990s.” It’s like saying, well, things are better than they were in the dark ages. People remember what the city looked like in 2017, when murders were at an all-time high and the streets were safer.
- His dishonest summary of a key criminal justice reform: “In 2019, New York State lawmakers rewrote bail law so that fewer people awaiting trial would end up behind the bars because they could not afford to post bail.” No: They ordered the judges to not order bail or jail in all but a few circumstances.
- He fails to mention that Adams has been critical of these reforms since the start of his winning campaign for mayor. Was he supposed to be quiet just because Hochul and other elected Democrats weren’t listening, but Republicans responded? In discussing why progressives blame him, shouldn’t he at least have noted that they were the driving force in passing these laws?
- The dismissal of dead and injured young black men is incredible. For a media quick to shout “racist” over everything else, the assumption that the rise in gang shootings and deaths doesn’t matter is shocking.
- As with all crime reporting from 10,000 feet from The Times, the analysis ignores reality beyond the statistics. For every person accosted on the subway, hundreds have to bypass the seriously mentally ill guy hurtling down the platform. Gang activity in your neighborhood means you have to think twice before you even step out of the house.
Despite the show of history giving Adams’ side, his studied ignorance — about everything from facts on the ground (do Times editors take the subway anymore?) to the actual laws Adams complains about — ended up approving the Progressives’ complaint under the guise of direct news reporting.
That is to say, the Times is Exhibit A of the denial that has hurt Democrats so much on Election Day.
New York Post