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PS. If I hear one more reporter say that Afghanistan may define Biden’s presidency, I’ll continue to scream ad nauseum. Now they are seers into the future, historians extraordinaire😱! AHHHH.

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This piece was triggering but y’all should know by now what my response to be but then this was triggering:

“Why would she seemingly go out of her way to provide cover for DeSantis…”

Because doing PR for the GOP is what the mainstream has been doing since the late 1970s.

And not to defend the Times here, but when the mainstream has been cool with Trump’s killing of well over 300,000 Americans, well, DeSantis’ number is low in comparison, right? So no problem for the awesome defenders of our democracy, nothing for them to get excited over. </sarcasm>

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Rather than buck the herd and accurately report about DeSantis and his evil policies, Ms. Mazzei has succumbed to whatever alternative reality bias she and the NYT bring with them. I have many friends who live in Florida and to a person each is appalled by the cruelty and blinders with which their governor has (not)tackled covid. He set up monoclonal clinics, for goodness sake, so patients with covid have a ‘cure;’. no need for masks, no worries. The difference in coverage of Biden is amazingly stark by comparison as Eric chronicles. I have yet to hear any msm coverage about the amazingly successful evacuation out of Kabul. Don’t the powers that be see how blatantly they skew their reporting in that horrible man’s favor and against Biden? How is it so obvious to Eric et al but not to them? Oh right, their jobs depend on it.

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And as expected the Screw York Times continues to beat the DeSantis for President drum by posting an article where they probably polled the same 7 Trumpers in the Ohio Diner that they always go to who say they are tired of teleworking and want to go back to the office...

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It's not just the Times, it's CNN and MSNBC too..

The media are right now preparing reports about how Biden botched the Ida Hurricane response......

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Las Vegan here. Thanks for the shoutout for our group!

It pains me. I think The Times does so many things so well. But I am this close to canceling my subscription. I do think it would be fun to inundate dbaquet@nytimes.com, though.

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Don't let CSPAN Washington Journal off the hook for their coverage of Afghanistan. Usually they have a different subject everyday during which they allow their right wing callers a chance to provide disinformation. However, for the last ten days the subject has been "How do you think Biden is handling Afghanistan?" Gee . I wonder what point they are trying to get across.

Whoever is running that show has a definite right wing slant. They present subjects which reflect the right wing talking point of the day. I can only listen to the show for a few minutes a day so that my head doesn't explode. If you want to know who the 74 million who voted for Trump are, listen to that show. And for some laughs, see how many callers who call in on the "Independent" line are Trump supporters.

Regarding the martyr Ashli Babbitt, I wonder why the media does not respond to this meme by mentioning the death of Roseanne Boynton, age 34, from Georgia. She was also a Jan 6 insurrectionist who was trampled by her fellow seditionists when they stormed into the capitol. I demand to know the names of the rioters who trampled her to death.

Frank Hart

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We are (so far) a free people, in a free society in a free country. But that freedom comes with plenty of responsibility. People who think and read know this. Democracy would be all but impossible without a free press, but...Letters to the editors may help. Reasonable voices can and do make some difference. But ultimately, the media and press will listen to their financial people before they'll make any changes, because we also live in a capitalist society. Eric B and some others do get noticed by those in the msm. So let's all keep the pressure on to make 'em play fair and do journalism the way it's supposed to be done.

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What can the average person DO about mass media reframing/misinformation which you point out so capably pretty much daily? We do hope that the Times and other Beltway press read your blog critiques. They are excellent.

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If he was running Crimea instead of Florida the US would be accusing him of war crimes.

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DeSantis and other like-minded governors bear much of the responsibility for the nation's maddening, preventable plight. It's as if we've entered Bizarro World, featured decades ago in Superman comics, featuring an alternate Earth, where everything was opposite. DeSantis is praised for policies that have killed and harmed thousands. And certain media rewards this unspeakable behavior. Bad is now good.

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And the Washington Post today decided to kiss up to Dana Loesch with a flattering profile of the NRA's hit lady...

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The Media ignores anything pertaining to the truth the times, wapo an all the conservative press. We all know how they report things it depends on the party if R then they speak quiet if D then they are loud. The American people have to choose who they listen too. We know when it's a lie or cover-up or conservative BS. We just have to pick and choose who speaks TRUTH.

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I think the most disgusting aspect of your commentary on this Times' piece is why the paper is pursuing this narrative. Once again it's all about the media themselves, so they can have access, so in the case of the Miami office, they can be relocated to DC for the glory of covering (God forbid) President DeSantis. Our news media is severely broken and the only solution is to stop buying the physical paper and subscribing to the digital version. All the Times, WPO, and other mainstream outlets understand is money. If they have the access, they make the money. It's that simple but sadly this paradigm is helping to bring down our democracy. Contribute to Press Run and other progressive outlets. Only when the people understand the truth and put pressure on the mainstream media will things finally change.

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I just read Playbook this morning (I’m more to be pitied than censured, as the old song goes), the “Driving the Day” top notes has two paragraphs on Hurricane Ida, and eight paragraphs on Afghanistan.

And that’s all you need to know about our elite and failed political press.

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