Stay Classy, New York Times

But racism is dead. Right, SCOTUS?










117 Responses to “Stay Classy, New York Times”

  1. 1 Vicki
    August 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Glad to see the heap of scorn on a most worthy target—-The New York Times

  2. August 25, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Congrats on 1st Vicki. Good job Nerdy. Love that you keep us informed. Thanks so much!

  3. 5 Anna Luc
    August 25, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Hello TOD community. I am reposting this from the end of the last thread.

    My heart has been heavy this year. There has been one police murder after another, after another. Since Michael Brown’s death one song has been going through my mind. I don’t know if anyone else has posted this Sweet Honey in the Rock song, but it seems so appropriate today.

  4. 7 isonprize
    August 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    What’s even worse than the media assassination of Michael Brown’s character?? Could there be anything worse, you ask? Well…. how about this.

    Edwardsville Schools: Don’t Talk About Michael Brown, Ferguson in Class

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – A new directive has been issued in Edwardsville schools: Don’t talk about Ferguson or Michael Brown in class.

    Superintendent Ed Hightower says normally there would be an open discussion of current events.

    “However, this situation in Ferguson-Florissant has become a situation whereby there are so many facts that are unknown,” he says.

    He says teachers have been told not to discuss it and if students bring it up, they should change the subject.


    • August 25, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      perhaps a better thing would be to have counselors on hand to talk about fears and questions that students may have…

    • 9 Linda
      August 25, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      D.C. schools prep teachers to talk about Michael Brown

      After hearing from both teachers and parents who struggled to navigate the complex and sensitive issue with kids, D.C. Public Schools decided to provide some guidance for teachers.

      Those resources, including conversation starters, props and articles, were posted to the educator portal last week.

      “We thought that it would be helpful to at least give our teachers some resources and some guidance that they could use if they wanted to have this conversation,” says Kaya Henderson, the school district’s chancellor.

      “We knew that our young people would come back with questions or feelings or confusion about what’s happening in Ferguson,” she says, admitting the struggle of discussing the topic with her own two sons.


      Edwardsville is 87 % white.

      • 10 isonprize
        August 25, 2014 at 5:05 pm

        As @MsKitty said on the Pragmatic Obots Unite site, …

        Because if we don’t talk about it then it never happened, see?

        Wow, just wow…

    • 11 arapaho415
      August 25, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      I am gobsmacked.

      What has happened to our public schools?

      When I was in elementary school, the first thing we did (after the Pledge of Allegiance, of course) was to report on current events.

      IIRC, several students knew the night before that they would be expected to give an oral report to the class on one or two current events.

      Now our schools are censoring current events that are on the COVERS of the national news weekly magazines?

      This is so wrong.

  5. 13 Paulita
    August 25, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Congrats on 1st place Vicki. Thank you Nerdy and Chips, (with or without guacamole) for the noble, indispensable, worthy service you do here and in the greater social media world. I pray that you stay encouraged and rest easy knowing that you are a major contributor to what is good and worthwhile in life.

  6. 17 vcprezofan2
    August 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm

  7. 18 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm

  8. 20 Allison
    August 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    NW excellent round-up of tweets. Thank you.

  9. August 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Wow. Kind of disappointed in the NY Times — the official paper of record. Talk about racially based bias.

  10. August 25, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I’m still fuming.

  11. 28 GGail
    August 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    NW, thanks for posting these for I would never have seen them. I have lived a well rounded life (if you know what I mean) and I don’t want to see what NYT would print or allow to be written about my life 😯 I have definitely NOT been no angel 🙂 See? bad English 😀

    Chips – bless you for posting Rev Al. I have been able to listen to it while here at work.

    My TOD is an AWESOME place ❤

  12. 30 hopefruit2
    August 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Exactly. And “Ill-chosen phrase?” Oh please. It was intentionally chosen. Along with the other smear phrases in the article.

    • 31 GGail
      August 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      I call this article bull-schyte!

      I’m glad the twitter storm hit the NYT from top to bottom. This article is a weak-azz attempt to explain the “no angel” story away.

      Don’t Buy It People! Don’t be snookered.

    • August 25, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Time for some sensitivity training for NYT writers. Or just for advanced creative writing. Positive writing.

      Good Afternoon TODVille!

      There is another character assassination going on and no one is talking about it. On the previous threads, I see pictures of dead chickens, dead teddy bears, etc. and Danny-the-Boy is accused of those crimes. Unless I see Danny in action, I will never believe that the young tall man is capable of such crimes.

    • 33 isonprize
      August 25, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      NYT must think that we are all stupid. DAMN.

  13. August 25, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Tweet rom @king_kaufman

    I’m not fluent in dogwhistle, but “______ was no angel” sounds like dogwhistle to me.

  14. 35 Linda
    August 25, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Another disgusting campaign ad from a Republican.

    The masked man who beheaded journalist James Foley appears in a web video created in support of New Mexico Republican Senate candidate Allen Weh.

    The ad, released by the New Mexico Republican Party, is a combination of clips of President Barack Obama golfing and smiling paired with violence. The video also features Weh’s opponent, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM).

    Halfway through the one-minute video a still shot of Foley’s not-yet-identified killer is displayed for a few seconds. Foley’s image does not appear in the video, just the image of the jihadist, holding a knife.

    Text at the end of the video reads “to change Washington, you must change your Senator.”

    video at the link….with scary music. I wouldn’t post it here.


  15. 37 Jeff
    August 25, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I’ve already got into a big argument with somebody about Michael Brown, he seems to believe that Brown was a thug which brought a huge argument that still hasn’t been resolved. Looks like the New York times continues to make racist thinking relevant today. It’s sickening that this has continued to occur in the 21st century. 😦

    • 38 arapaho415
      August 25, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      That’s the picture that the MSM is painting of Michael Brown, with no nuance.

      The MSM is shamelessly irresponsible on this news item by printing every lie told by the Ferguson police as if it were fact and fail to mention that Darren Wilson has plenty of time to concoct a story that matches eyewitness accounts/autopsy report to skate by the Grand Jury.

      I feel like we’re back in a timewarp, that it’s 1934, not 2014.

  16. 39 57andfemale
    August 25, 2014 at 4:34 pm

  17. 40 57andfemale
    August 25, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    • 41 jacquelineoboomer
      August 25, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      I don’t know any of the “official background.” But the problem with the disbandment of that other city’s police department was that the police were probably all let go without charges or reprimands. Thus, nothing would be on their records. They probably could just say that the entire force was removed, not any one individual. Or even were given the chance to resign on paper, before being fired. That happens in lots of organizations, but SHOULD NOT have happened in this case. That other city just moved its “little problem” elsewhere.

      No doubt before Darren Wilson lost even one paycheck, he was picked up by Ferguson PD. It was all TOTALLY irresponsible although, as I mentioned, it probably looked good on paper.

  18. 44 yardarm756
    August 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm

  19. 45 Linda
    August 25, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    NYT Catching Hell For Saying Michael Brown Was ‘No Angel’

    The writer is trying to explain his choice of words.


  20. August 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    In and out a lot today and leaving again in a few minutes. Just listened to Rev. Al. My, oh my. I sure hope the GOP/TP is shaking in their boots! Bet they are.

  21. 47 Jeff
    August 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    what can be done against New York Times for this despicable article? Boycotts come to mind, but anything else?

    • 48 Vicki
      August 25, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      The best thing to do about the NYT day in and day out anti-PBO propaganda which was brought to light today is a loud and continuing pushback.

      It is so great that the world has said, “This smearing of Michael Brown is not okay with us.”

      Next I am hoping that the attention to all the MSM propaganda will be noticed and protested.

  22. August 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    • 50 carolyn
      August 25, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      What don’t they get? Michael Brown’s behavior in life makes no difference! He should NOT HAVE BEEN SHOT!!! That is the crux, and seems to get forgotten in all the mess. One warning shot, maybe okay, but SIX!!!!! No way!!!

    • 52 elo4obama/biden
      August 25, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      Would someone tell this idiot the point! Michael Brown was an 18 year old manchild. He was not supposed to be perfect. He was supposed to be as imperfect as anyone. Like any 18 year old he should be free to make mistakes, be surly and smiley and loving and full of bravado, and maybe even to dabble in drugs and drinking. Heck one of the mass murderers, who were so “all American” and adorable to look at smoked, copious amounts of weed. There was no need to point out how imperfect he was.
      No, instead we do what we do even when the young person is NOT the victim, we mourn what might have been. This NYT article brings up everything as though to day he got what he deserved. If he’d have been an angel it would not have happened I guess. Where are the articles dissecting the character of Darren Wilson, and pointing out his less than angelic behaviors and flaws?

    • 53 GGail
      August 25, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Please don’t waste time explaining to him – he knows exactly what he’s saying. I say – HIT HIM WITH EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT! Show NO mercy twitter!!!

    • 54 hopefruit2
      August 25, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Chips you are so right on point with your response.

      Eligon is being utterly disingenuous about this. He knows DAMN well it’s not’s simply the “no angel” that people are objecting to – but the overall thrust of the article which starts out with the premise that Brown is guilty of something which in some way explains why he got killed by that cop.

      • August 25, 2014 at 7:02 pm

        And what got me was the self-pity from him, Hopefruit, he’s making out he’s just been misunderstood.

        And, of course, the predictable line from the NYT public editor:

        “As a 31-year-old black man himself, Mr. Eligon told me, he is attentive to many of the issues in the Ferguson case…..”

        He’s a black man himself, so that’s okay then.

        Give me friggin’ strength.

        • 56 hopefruit2
          August 25, 2014 at 7:07 pm

          Exactly. He’s another self-serving Don Lemon, trying to make a name for himself and allowing himself to be used by the same racist media outlet that would not hesitate to fire his arse if he committed a minor offense.

          Eligon owes the Brown family an apology.

          • August 25, 2014 at 7:59 pm

            And he was friggin’ live tweeting from the funeral, Hopefruit! That he had the nerve to turn up, and then the ignorance to tweet …. too, too much.

    • August 25, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      Well said Chips! No human being I know of, including people I revere, is perfect. I am absolutely certain that Eligon and all the people who run and write for the NYT are not perfect either. But does that mean that they deserve to be shot dead and to be left unattended for 41/2 hours? I am thankful for all the twitter warriors who are exposing the NYT for its despicable and shameful treatment of a dead teenager, shot six times by a cop, who is not here to defend himself.

  23. August 25, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    But ..

  24. August 25, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    • August 26, 2014 at 12:05 am

      And by implication, so says the NYT, the blatant execution, by a police officer, of this supposedly imperfect, unarmed, black teenager was justified; or is at least understandable. If it’s perfectly permissible for police officers to gun down all the people who are “no angel,” or who are “not perfect,” there would be no one left in the world except for the police officers who are doing the killing, despite the fact that they themselves are “no angels” either.

  25. 62 kasai
    August 25, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    then we have folks like her…SMDH!

  26. August 25, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Because we need a little levity, I present a picture of Stewie’s face after the missus got back to the car and discovered that he had undone the bandages she had just spent $60 putting on him at the vet.

    • August 25, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Smart dog! He knows when to feel guilty.

    • 65 57andfemale
      August 25, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      What’s the matter with Stewie?!?!?

      • August 25, 2014 at 5:52 pm

        Oh, we’re not sure how, but one of his toenails became loose and was hanging on by a thread. We had it removed last week, and he has to be in bandages until at least Saturday.

        • 67 57andfemale
          August 25, 2014 at 6:15 pm

          That’s right! I should have remembered.

          Keeping the bandages on the foot – yeah, good luck with that. Try a baby sock over it, but he’ll figure out how to get that off, too, and I’m sure it needs some air circulation.

          Your only other option is a collar. They HATE those collars.

          Kasper, Mr. 57 and Nickelby were attacked by a pit bull and a bull dog, but it was Kasper who almost died – his entire back end was ripped off. It was a long, terrifying recovery time. I did things to take care of him I never dreamed I could do. He had to wear the collar for 6 weeks. If I took it off for a second and blinked, he was licking those wounds – the worst thing he could do. But he came through it just fine.

          Recommendation, LL: look for a product called Vetricyn Wound Care. Some pet stores carry it, or you can order it from Amazon and get it in a day or two. I use it for all kinds of sores, gouges, scrapes, simple surgery. I swear by it.

    • 70 GGail
      August 25, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Stewie – you should not feel guilty – the missus should not have left you alone with them rags on your paw! That’ll teach them humans! humpf!

  27. 73 kasai
    August 25, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    oops I meant..this was in response to Jackson tweet


  28. 75 dotster3
    August 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Bad striping job——or drunk striping job?

  29. 76 dotster3
    August 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Repubs hire law firm to sue President Obama. They’re going to spend $350,000 of taxpayer money on this fraudulent, sleazy political effort. Stupid and sickening.


    • 77 Linda
      August 25, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      “This agreement shall terminate when a final appealable judgement is rendered in a United States District Court in connection to the litigation or at 12 noon on January 3rd 2015 or whichever comes first, unless this agreement shall have been terminated earlier.”

      What does that even mean ?

    • 81 Layla
      August 25, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      BakerHostetler has represented the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative since 2003.[10]

      Major League Baseball has been a longstanding client of BakerHostetler.[11]

      Other notable clients[edit]

      ABC, Inc.
      Airbus S.A.S.
      Cardinal Health, Inc.
      CNL Financial Group
      Colgate-Palmolive Co.
      Electronic Data Systems
      The E.W. Scripps Co.
      Thermo Fisher Scientific
      Gruner + Jahr
      Hospital Corporation of America
      Microsoft Corp.
      Morgan Stanley
      Sprint Nextel
      State Farm
      Progressive Corp.
      Trammell Crow Co.


    • 82 anniebella
      August 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Are the right wing idiots, I mean right wing haters complaining about waste of taxpayers money now?

  30. 83 Linda
    August 25, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    The solider involved in Monday’s shooting incident at Fort Lee in Virginia has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the base commander.

    The sergeant was taken to VCU Medical Center with a severe wound to the head and was declared dead Monday afternoon, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    The sergeant barricaded herself inside a headquarters building on the base earlier on Monday and shot herself despite negotiation attempts made by officers who responded to the scene, the paper reported.

    No one other than the shooter was injured in the incident, according to the paper.

    Her name has not yet been released but the base commander said she was a sergeant first class who had been deployed to Iraq in 2007.

  31. 84 dotster3
    August 25, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    • 85 anniebella
      August 25, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Still no suspect in the killing of this young boy. This is just as disgusting as the killing of Michael Brown. Who would kill this young boy? Why?

  32. August 25, 2014 at 6:17 pm


  33. August 25, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    More levity.

  34. 91 dotster3
    August 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    NBC Chgo showing the big reception welcoming home their Little League U.S. Champs at Midway Airport———a band and a huge crowd—–kids look very surprised by the joyous welcome. Big parade and fireworks planned for Wed. City very proud of the poise and class they displayed under all the attention and big time spotlight. Very cool.

  35. 92 hopefruit2
    August 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm

  36. 93 dotster3
    August 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm

  37. August 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm

  38. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    August 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm

  39. 96 JER
    August 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm

  40. August 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    But McCain sez…

  41. 99 JER
    August 25, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    WATCH LIVE: The Jackie Robinson West Little League team arrives home. http://abc7chicago.com/live/

  42. 100 Jeff
    August 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm

  43. 101 desertflower
    August 25, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    HEY! There’s an App for that! http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2014/08/25/buypartisan-literally/

    Ever want to buy something at a supermarket but start having nagging second thoughts about which political party your favorite brand name supports? Guess no more, there’s an app for that: BuyPartisan.

  44. 103 anniebella
    August 25, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    New York Times have long lost any class.

  45. 104 dotster3
    August 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    An unbelievable 47+ people shot in Chgo last week, 12 fatalities, including 3 under 14 yrs. old. I saw a 14 yr. old was fatally shot in the back yesterday afternoon. This cannot continue. Something needs to be done about gun control. Too many guns in too many wrong hands. It’s out of control. I would like to see a protest about this horrific situation.


  46. 105 mtmarilyn
    August 25, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I just got home from visiting friends in the hospital and turned TV on, it was on MSNBC, Hardball, Chris was talking about ISIS and what we should do and immediately talked about out he wasn’t focused and needed to become more involved, I almost threw my glass at the TV. I turned it to a movie. I get so mad at these pundits who think they can tell this President anything! Now I am going to have a gin & tonic and relax and forget the NYT and these pundits.

    Thank goodness for this place.

    • 106 Linda
      August 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      He is easily influenced by sound bites and talking points…..

      He should do the bucket challenge. It would put his hair on fire out.

      • 107 mtmarilyn
        August 25, 2014 at 8:54 pm

        This really reminds me why I don’t watch him. I like your idea of a bucket challenge for him. Altho it’s almost always on fire.

  47. August 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    On Michael Brown:
    What if there were a free app for every type of smartphone which used the camera and object recognition to scan for certain cues — a police car, a police uniform, a badge or any kind of gun? Once detected, the video camera would turn on and keep recording until all such triggers were no longer in view, indicating the time of day and any other known information (such GPS coordinates) in one corner of the video. 48 hours after recording, any unsaved video files taken in this way would be automatically purged.
    In addition, either as a free service or for an extremely low fee (provided by any of the usual suspects from Facebook to Google to Apple to the Justice Department), have a website where these videos can be automatically transmitted as a heavily encrypted file and where they are also dumped (without being opened) within 24 hours… unless there is a missing person’s report or a criminal investigation in which the transmitter (or their surviving relatives) wishes to cooperate.
    Voice commands or a button on the app will be able to shut it on or off. Another button or voice command will give the option of shutting off voice recording if that ever becomes an issue. A third will enable the user to turn it on in the absence of its normal triggers. The phone will also automatically display “Video Recording In Progress” in large, bright letters whenever this function kicks in. At times this might use a lot of electricity, but recharging is getting faster and more convenient all the time.
    Now just clip the phone onto your belt, pocket or purse the way people used to, and it won’t really matter if your local police are wearing cameras or if they shut them off. Not when they could be recorded at any time, from a dozen different vantage points, providing evidence which can not possibly be confiscated or destroyed.

    I wish this action were not necessary, but between Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, it’s clear that action is long overdue. And too few bear the burden of making change, while too many bear the weight of injustice. That must change.

  48. 110 Jeff
    August 25, 2014 at 7:41 pm

  49. 111 JER
    August 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm

  50. 112 Dakota
    August 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Mayor DeBlasio is speaking and honoring Mayor David Dinkins at the USOpen right now.

  51. 114 Nena20409
    August 25, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Great Post NW. Awesome.

  52. August 26, 2014 at 3:07 am

    As always, I am coming to the meeting late because of my work schedule. But I wanted to join those who are thanking NW for this excellent collection of tweets/ commentaries. The way the media is treating Black people, and especially Blacks who are victims of official violence, reminds me of the way the media treated Black people during the post Civil War Reconstruction period and after. As the South embarked on undoing the political and educational gains by Black people during the Reconstruction period, it found a very willing partner in the mainstream media. The mocking and demonization of black participation in politics– and especially the charges of ignorance and corruption–became routine in most of the media, North and South. Consequently, It became perfectly acceptable to justify the disfranchisement of Black people, as well as the official and unofficial violence against Black people. The post Civil war euphoria about the legal abolition of Slavery, followed by the recognition of all Blacks as citizens of the United states, entitled to equal rights with all other citizens, was soon replaced by the nightmare of the Jim Crow period. The post Reconstruction Conservative backlash– better known as the Jim Crow period– was characterized by the following features:

    a. Strict, and legally mandated, social separation of the so called “white” and “Negro” races.
    b. Political disfranchisement (i.e. denial of the right to vote) to the vast majority of Black people while claiming to be “color-blind.”
    c. Systematic use violence, both official and un-official, aimed at making sure that African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Native Americans, and women of all different faiths, who dress in many colors.
    d. The condemnation, ostracism, and even violent attacks, of white people (Radical Republicans then, and liberals now) who dared stand up for the equal rights of ll races.
    e. The blatant and constant demonization of Black people in the media, including blaming them for all the vile and heinous crimes, many of which are actually committed by whites themselves.
    f. And, more ominously, the overt and active participation of the U.S. Supreme Court in nullifying congressional Civil Rights laws intended to guarantee the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment; or congressional laws intended to enforce the non-discrimination clause of the 15th Amendment.

    It seems to me that the white conservative backlash, since the election and re-election of the first African-American President, is quite reminiscent of what happened after the passage of the 13th, 4th, and 15th Amendments, which resulted in the unprecedented election of Black people to political office on the local, state, and national levels. What’s is rally spooky is how the demonization of President Obama, including the charge that the is not authentic and legitimate American, is quite similar to the demonization of Black elected officials during Reconstruction. President Obama is routinely labelled “Kenyan” by right wingers, just as right wingers during Reconstruction routinely Black voters, and Black elected officials, “Congolese.”

    Let’s hope that the enlightened people of all races will not allow “history to repeat itself.”

  53. August 30, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    NW… great post as usual.
    So glad twitter gave such a push back on their “journalism” … anyway, its still short as Chips expressed in her tweet!

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