The “Nah, There’s No Mainstream Media Bias!” AND “Bias Makes You Stupid” Smoking Guns Of The Day [UPDATED: Smoking Gun Tweet Added]

Tom Friedman is a long-time regular in the New York Times left-wing op-ed writer stable. (Ironically enough, he is also the paper’s most enthusiastic booster of Communist China.)

It’s nice of the Times to provide such a handy example of multiple features of fake news discussed in the last post.

To be fair, Friedman’s piece is flagged as opinion, but Times editors are intentionally fear-mongering by permitting the hysterical Russian Roulette comparison. In Russian Roulette, there is a 1 in 6 chance of dying. That would mean that Trump is risking a U.S. death toll of 54.7 million deaths. Actually, the risk of causing a depression by being overly cautious about re-opening the economy is a lot closer to one in six, and maybe much higher.

But wait! As Al Jolson used to say, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

Yesterday, Times reporter Ginia Bellafante wrote a story blaming the death of a beloved New York bar owner on his taking a cruise based on what he had heard about the threat of the Wuhan virus on Fox News:

On March 1, Joe Joyce and his wife, Jane, set sail for Spain on a cruise, flying first to Florida. His adult children — Kevin, Eddie and Kristen Mider — suggested that the impending doom of the coronavirus made this a bad idea. Joe Joyce was 74, a nonsmoker, healthy; four years after he opened his bar he stopped drinking completely. He didn’t see the problem.

“He watched Fox, and believed it was under control,’’ Kristen told me.

By March 1, more than 80,000 people in more than 40 countries had been infected. Nearly 2,800 had died. On March 2nd,  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to get out and see a play. On March 4, I traveled to Atlanta, home of the CDC, to give a law firm seminar, in a packed plane. I shook hands with about 50 people. I ate at an Ethiopian restaurant with two friends, one a scientist, one a medical professional. We all ate from a large selection of foods laid out on a single, large, flat Ethiopian pancake.  The first university to announce it was closing was Stanford, on March 6th.

Best of all, the statement from Sean Hannity that Bellafante quoted to blame Fox News for Joe Joyce’s death was broadcast on March 8, a week after Joe had left on his cruise.

No, I take that back. This is the best of all: a tweet from Ginia Bellafante tracked down by a Twitter sleuth after her despicable article was published. (Incidentally, you should check my previous post about Ginia.) The date on tweet is February 27.

There has to be some point when the American public refuses to continue being lied to like this.

There just has to be.

19 thoughts on “The “Nah, There’s No Mainstream Media Bias!” AND “Bias Makes You Stupid” Smoking Guns Of The Day [UPDATED: Smoking Gun Tweet Added]

  1. This is the best of all: atweet from Gina Bellafonte tracked down by a Twitter sleuth after her article was published.

    The Tweet isn’t there! Did the twerp delete it for fear of prosecution for provably-deliberate, actionable libel?

    How cool it would be if someone actually gets slapped with that. There’s no permanent way to wipe away that Tweet – not even, like, with a cloth.

  2. Bits from some of her tweets and retweets between March 9th  and Mar. 4th:  

    “NYS Health Commissioner says no risk of transmission…”
    “DeBlasio says people should avoid taking crowded subways but public school attendance remains mandatory,…”
    “New York City public schools will probably stay open even if the new coronavirus becomes more widespread…” 
    “…the COVID-19 panic and the xenophobia it has engendered may very well spell the end of Chinatown as we know it.”…”Chinatown needs your love more than ever right now.” 
    “Mayor Bill de Blasio takes rare subway ride to calm coronavirus fears” 
    “Businesses are suffering in Chinatown, Flushing and Sunset Park. Go out and have a nice meal a great local restaurant! “

    and this tweeted pic of the NYT staff on Super Tuesday (Mar 3rd):
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ESOPdkHXkAABYOq?format=jpg&name=900×900

    But yeah, it was all Fox not sounding the alarm before March first.

  3. In the case of Tweets and other online sources, I always find it most prudent to archive a page in case the author decides that the time has come to throw it down the memory hole. A screenshot, as you have, will work, but in the age of edited images my most-preferred option is a direct archive. With that said, here’s the Tweet in question, preserved for posterity:
    http://archive.li/eY6X6

  4. Jack, “Gina Bellafonte” is correctly spelled “Ginia Bellafante” I point this out because I constantly misspell names when writing blogs, and I appreciate not having to let those misspellings live forever in infamy. I suspect you feel the same way.

    Regarding her story including the blaming of a guy’s death on Fox, I have a couple of observations:

    1. What kind of daughter would say something like that to a newspaper? It suggests her father was too stupid to own a business because he uncritically accepted the word of a commentator about a life and death matter.

    To top that, the guy was a Trump supporter. His daughter apparently is not, and is doing a little dance on his grave by giving the NYT a transparently political “I told him so.” How utterly revolting, and what a manifestly unethical act of virtue signaling.

    2. The “blame [Fox/Trump/Republicans]” for individual deaths is a pernicious but predictable Leftist disinformation tactic. What makes it so evil is that it is intended to advance the argument, “Anything that saves lives is justified.” It makes a lot of sense right now, in the midst of a viral plague, but the intent is to desensitize the populace to having their rights abridged not just now, but later on in the service of “saving lives.”

    We see this in New Jersey, where the government is flying drones over less accessible areas to enforce “social distancing.” In response to an understandable accusation of invasion of privacy, the city’s mayor responded:

    “My answer to those people is, ‘If these drones save one life, it is clearly worth the activity and the information that the drones are sending,'” Bollwage said.

    And there we go, the rationalization we have all been waiting for, and the one we all knew was coming. In the service of saving lives, the mayors, and soon governors, will be inflicting us with the realization of, “Those who would trade liberty for safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    There has to be some point when the American public refuses to continue being lied to like this.

    There just has to be.

    From your lips to God’s ears, Jack, but I doubt it. The idea of letting your emotions rule reason has not only taken root, but is flourishing throughout the republic. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. have all made that the “cool” way to think, helped along by the Leftist academy, and my suspicion is that critical thinking is now a 2-1 minority when it comes to analysis.

    Appeals to emotion are seemingly the only way to reach people anymore.

  5. The only person that said going on a cruise would be ok for a healthy person was Anthony Fauci. If Fox reports what Fauci says that is not Fox making the recommendation.

  6. Well, Ted Cruz announced that the NIH has informed him that 6 years ago (Obama administration), they funded a 6-year, $3 million study on coronaviruses in bats in SE Asia. They gave the Wuhan virology lab the grant to find the coronaviruses in bats that pose the greatest threat to human health. This was despite government warnings that the lab in Wuhan was not capable of safely handling such dangerous viruses. He claims the NIH he got this information from the NIH and the State Department. He could be lying, but this would be a pretty disastrous lie for him. Assuming he isn’t lying, here are some observations:

    (1) Well, I think they succeeded in their research.
    (2) Why do Democrats insist on spending our scarce research money on foreign research when our US researchers are starving for money?
    (3)(MOST IMPORTANT) The head of the NIH and the program officer for this grant (at least) knew where this outbreak came from and said nothing. You can’t be overseeing a grant on finding dangerous coronaviruses in bats in Wuhan, China and not make the connection.

    It is sad to think that Francis Collins is responsible for this, but the fact is that his agency gave the grant, his agency has known about this all along. The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who probably oversees this grant is Dr. Anthony Fauchi.

  7. “Joe Joyce was 74, a nonsmoker, healthy; four years after he opened his bar he stopped drinking completely.”

    Being over sixty-five is supposed to be “an underlying condition.” Isn’t 74 > 65?

    Query: Did Joe have high blood pressure? Was he taking blood pressure meds? Call me curious.

    Have any “expert computer modeling institutes” run any models on how long it takes a populous to rebel against restrictions imposed by governmental martinets?

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