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Sunday, July 16, 2017

How the Times looks at us

While HuffPost -- not Huffington Post because that's as deplorable as calling it the National Organization OF Women -- sends its staff out into America to find out what the natives are doing, other organizations have assigned writers to do so.

Some have been quite good.

Others not.

Last summer, Declan Walsh of the New York Times visited Williamson, West Virginia, even entering a mine. His report showed a side of mining that rarely was reported; the jobs pay well, and the men like working coal.

“Trump struck a chord across coal country, giving voice to the inchoate rage and impotence that has accompanied the near-collapse, in less than a decade, of a lucrative industry. With salaries starting at $70,000 a year, a job in the mines was long considered the local jackpot. Mingo County’s breathtaking valleys and hollers — narrow creeks bordered by high hills — are lined with spacious homes, swimming pools and gleaming vehicles. Now, there is a palpable fear that the good life is gone, perhaps for good,” Walsh reported last August.

But the Times track record is less than perfect. Jayson Blair did not leave his barstool in Brooklyn to cover Jessica Lynch's homecoming in Palestine, West Virginia, from Iraq in 2003.

Of course, West Virginia no more represents the rest of America than Queens does. And Poca, West Virginia, no longer is coal country.

There are other places to go and people to see.

Trip Gabriel is an explorer for the New York Times, who dons his pith helmet, grabs his machete, and ventures into America's hinterlands. He had a good, overlooked scoop last fall that should have been a warning about the election.

From Trip Gabriel:
Donald Trump Faltering? Die-Hard Fans Refuse to Buy It
The line to see Donald J. Trump snaked back and forth on itself hours before his arrival. There was a carnival atmosphere with people in costumes, including one prison-striped man with a sign, “Don’t let the government-run media elect crooked Hillary.” A cavalcade of motorcycles roared up, and there were cheers and laughter for a man shouting, “Donald Trump is going to make America great! He hasn’t paid taxes in 20 years!”
A day after Mr. Trump defended himself at the second presidential debate for making vulgar comments about women, amid a wave of polls showing an increasing lead for Hillary Clinton, thousands of Trump supporters turned out with undimmed fervor for the Republican nominee and optimism about his electoral prospects.
They echoed nearly verbatim Mr. Trump’s defense that his lewd comments about women on a 2005 recording were merely “locker room talk,” calling them harmless words compared with the far-worse actions Mrs. Clinton and her husband had taken to shame women.
They reiterated Mr. Trump’s claim that national polls showing him behind by double digits were “rigged” and that he was heading to victory in November.
In the campaign’s last weeks, at such rallies, Mr. Trump is sealed in a hermetic bubble with his most fervent supporters. They are people passionate enough to wait hours to attend a rally where the candidate and the crowds draw energy and affirmation from each other, while dismissing any discouraging information.
Being in a bubble may lead one to think others are in one.

I suggest the feeling about Russia in Trumpland -- formerly put down as Jesusland under Bush 43 -- is the same as it was about the Billy Bush tape.

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  1. Poca used to be coal country, but the mines played out. And Raymond City, Black Betsy, Plymouth, etc. The hills are honeycombed with old abandoned mines. Just drive up Heizer Creek and you'll see places where the water is orange from mine drainage. I lost a number of relatives in local mines back before World War II. - Elric

  2. Heizer Creek is lovely drive though

  3. Trump was doing 2 to 4 campaign stops per day to massive crowds in the tens of thousands while Hilary did a meet and greet once or twice a week to as many as dozens of adoring fans.
    Rather than admit that Trump was giving campaign speeches to easily ten or more times as many people, the American hating media lied every way they could to misrepresent Trump and his highly motivated supporters

  4. OK, OK Onnce and for all ( I wish ): the Billy Bush tape,,,,,,,,,,

    -- ( has anyone figured out WHY that bit of trivia was HOARDED for years? ) --

    ,,,,,,,,, was and is something every red-blooded male (and - face it, female) has said or at least thought,

    And then we have people WEARING "VAGINA" HATS - acting SHOCKED ???

    Oh, 'cmon.

    1. There's another point that always, always gets left out by our #LyingMedia: what Trump actually said was, "And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."


      In other words, he doesn't have to go out of his way to "grab pussy," in fact it is the opposite; women throw themselves at him.

      Odd that our wonderfully lifelike talking heads never remember that part, isn't it.

  5. They are the MOST blind who refuse to see, or refuse to go where they could see.

  6. "An explorer for the New York Times....". LOL. Each day, Don's quotable quotes ge tbetter. Thx.

  7. Honestly, didn't SOMEONE at the DNC look at their Russian gambit and go, "Nah, too Austin Powers"...?

  8. It's Vox Day's third law of SJWs: SJWs always project.