Maybe they decided they had arrived at a moment when unified resolve was essential and the national interest was at stake, and the paper had no choice but to stop spinning for the Democrats.
Tonight’s just breaking story is headlined, Coronavirus Live Updates: As State Pleas Mount, Trump Outlines Some Federal Action; Senate Democrats Block Stimulus Package.
It says in part,
Senate Democrats on Sunday blocked action on an emerging deal to prop up an economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, paralyzing the progress of a nearly $2 trillion government rescue package they said failed to adequately protect workers or impose strict enough restrictions on bailed-out businesses.
The party-line vote was a stunning setback after three days of fast-paced negotiations between senators and administration officials to reach a bipartisan compromise on legislation that is expected to be the largest economic stimulus package in American history — now expected to cost $1.8 trillion or more. In a 47-to-47 vote, the Senate fell short of the 60 votes that would have been needed to advance the measure, even as talks continued between behind the scenes between Democrats and the White House to salvage a compromise.
The failure to move forward shook financial markets and threatened an ambitious timeline set by the Trump administration and leading Republicans to move the rescue package through the Senate on Monday and enact it within days.
In voting to block action, Democrats risked a political backlash if they are seen as obstructing progress on a measure that is widely regarded as crucial to aid desperate Americans and prop up a flagging economy.
Nancy Pelosi suddenly announced today that she would not accept the Senate bill and would write a House Democrat plan for Phase 3 coronavirus relief. Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of pulling a last-minute partisan stunt when Americans desperately need relief, and the financial markets were looking for a postive development. It seems that the Democrats misjudged the degree to which the mainstream media would give them political cover by rationalizing their routine obstruction of the President, as it has reliably done for three years almost without fail.
I cannot bring myself to believe that the Democrats would intentionally encourage a worst case scenario, crashing the economy and putting Americans in further peril in their mania to ensure that the public sees President Trump as a failed leader and rushes into the eager embrace of the far Left. That is certainly how this development looks, however.
Mitch McConnell has scheduled another Senate vote for early tomorrow (Monday) morning. One can only hope that the Times’ unambiguous signal that there is a limit to how far its partisan loyalty and anti-Trump mission will corrupt its duties to inform the public will have the desired effect.
This is how the nation’s “paper of record” is supposed to do its job.
UPDATE: I spoke too fast, being as I am an easily hoodwinked optimist even regarding such a reliably bad actor as the Times. Apparently the Axis of Unethical Conduct had an emergency meeting and got to the editors. The headline has already been changed twice to minimize implied criticism of the Democrats. The most recent version is on the bottom.