“Biden landing at Joint Base Andrews now. I have chills,” New York Times editor Lauren Wolfe said in a tweet yesterday with a screenshot of a report from CNN showing Biden’s plane landing….Wolfe was immediately mocked and excoriated on social media, so she returned with several tweets denying any bias and claiming that she was just naturally exited about a historic moment. Riiiiight. Among her tweets,
- “I’m shocked that you all don’t feel the importance. Such historical events are deeply moving and thrilling. This attempt to shit on me is nothing more than shortsighted presumption”
- “So a bunch of people think me being excited for the transfer of power tomorrow is somehow disgusting/idiotic/against journalism. It’s a shame. We should all be interested on historical moments”
- (to Brit Hume) “Really, Brit? You’ve never felt excited at historical moments? Stop inciting your fans who are coming after me with threats. This was an innocuous tweet and you know it.”
Of course, it was a biased tweet that exposed her and the Times’ unethical bias that screams out from the paper every single day, and she knows it. Wolfe eventually deleted the tweets, which are similarly self-indicting.
On what basis was Wolfe fired? Surely not for being biased in favor of the Democratic President! The entire paper is biased that way and flagrantly so. The Times offices has to be teeming with staffers and editors openly basking in Donald Trump’s defeat. Wolfe must have been surrounded by people talking about their “chills.” The Times can’t possibly care about political bias; if it did, it would hide its own better. It wouldn’t keep putting progressive hacks and Democratic Party operatives with press credentials on its op-ed pages.
It certainly isn’t fair to fire Wolfe for stating on social media a bias that the Times tolerates and approves.
Could they have fired here for being transparent about her bias, which the paper shares? Can that be? Isn’t a newspaper supposed to stand for the truth and transparency? Sure, here it is: “Our mission is simple: We seek the truth and help people understand the world…” Isn’t the Times part of the world? Didn’t Wolfe’s tweet help people understand the Times, and why it slants, manipulates and otherwise distorts news for its own agenda?
Or maybe Wolfe was fired, not for proving her bias, but for so incompetently and obviously lying about what her tweet meant. Here, the Times would seem to be on more solid ground, but not much. Firing an editor for not being a more effective liar seems a bit sinister. On the other hand, would Wolfe’s bosses have preferred her to have responded to critics, “You’re right, I’m thrilled that Biden was elected. So is the whole staff here. This is a surprise to you? Have you read the New York Times lately?”
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