News That Matter

Compare and contrast two NYTimes headlines from today:

Michael Steinhardt, a Leading Jewish Philanthropist, Is Accused of a Pattern of Sexual Harassment

And

Italian Driver Sets School Bus on Fire After Kidnapping Students

There is no mention of the Italian bus driver’s religion and ethnicity, even though this is a crucial fact for understanding his crime, in the way that the Jewish philanthropist’s alleged misdeeds are not.

Also, the Jew’s misdeeds were deemed so important that I get pop-up notifications about them while there aren’t any for the terror attack in Italy. You’ll say it’s because people care more about domestic stuff but right now the front page on the paper’s app leads with 3 international stories.

Here is what Steinhardt’s alleged misdeeds were like:

Deborah Mohile Goldberg worked for Birthright Israel, a nonprofit co-founded by Mr. Steinhardt, when he asked her if she and a female colleague would like to join him in a threesome, she said.

Suggesting sex, in my opinion, is a normal human activity. Not taking no for an answer and continuing to pester is objectionable. But if everybody who suggests sex is an evildoer, then…. who really isn’t an evildoer?

This is the kind of majorly important stuff that the newspaper of record deems more important than an attempted mass murder of 50 kids.

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19 thoughts on “News That Matter”

  1. Italian Driver Sets School Bus on Fire After Kidnapping Students
    There is no mention of the Italian bus driver’s religion and ethnicity…

    I am confused. Isn’t “Italian” the driver’s ethnicity??

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  2. I used to think the NYT was a really good newspaper. Now I wonder if their standards have declined or if I was just blind to all of the problems.

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        1. \ Wow, it’s good. And he’s right, I had no idea about it. What a darn disgrace.

          Did you mean

          Palestinian Lives Don’t Matter*
          *Unless Israel is to blame.

          ?

          It was reported on Israeli news sites.

          In general, is it worth paying for NYT subscription? Since you can access articles, you supposedly have one. That was my last free article for this month.

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  3. Okay, I really don’t want to defend the terrible NYTimes, but both of these choices are, I think, driven by what NYT readers want.

    With New York being the unofficial capital of Jewish Americans (or American Judaica?) and with Jews making up a high percentage of the readership (and Jewish people being very interested in Jewish people in the news good or bad) identifying Steinhardt as Jewish makes some sense.

    As for the Italian case, NYT readers don’t want to know about problems with African and/or Muslim migration to Europe that doesn’t involve neo-nazis or other evil white Europeans so they would mention that the would be child killer is a Senagalese Muslim only towards the end of the article (if at all). That technique of downplaying information that challenges the presumptions of the readers is called ‘grey journalism’ the opposite of sensationalistic yellow journalism

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    1. I agree but if they cared more about what the readers want, they’d notice that their Most Popular section features no articles on Trump’s evilness or the collusion. Most Popular articles are always very good but they never make the front page or get any alerts.

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    2. // With New York being the unofficial capital of Jewish Americans (or American Judaica?) and with Jews making up a high percentage of the readership

      NYT readers don’t want to know about problems with African and/or Muslim migration to Europe that doesn’t involve neo-nazis or other evil white Europeans //

      This stands in sharp contrast with both Israeli Jews and the European Jews, many of which are currently leaving France for Israel.

      Are you sure Jewish readers are the ones not interested in problems with Muslim (im)migrants? I think Jews are interested, even American liberal ones, but other Liberals are not.

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      1. “Are you sure Jewish readers are the ones not interested in problems with Muslim (im)migrants? ”

        Well I haven’t asked them personally, but American Jews trend liberal which means not wanting to know about certain problems…

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  4. When I read the ‘Italian’ headline, I immediately knew that the suspect was one of the ‘protected categories’ of some sort. ‘Italian’ is just too generic and odd. Normally you’d expect something else identifying the suspect – ‘dad of two’, ‘disgruntled employee’… etc. This was an immediate red flag which was confirmed by reading the report.

    I suspect the headline might be having reverse effect of what the NYT intends. People know exactly what is going on and become even more suspicious of immigrants. ‘There must be something wrong with them as a group if their groups identity needs to be hidden.’

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  5. If the “Italian driver” had been a “white supremacist,” or had yelled out a right-wing slogan instead of “Nobody gets off here alive!”, that would have definitely been in the NYT’s headline.

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