correcting the facts

New York Times Quickly Learns Cops Are Right, Protests Wrong

Twenty minutes is how many Friedmans?Shameful upper-crust real-estate brochure the New York Times is finally sort of covering the famous Occupy Wall Street protests now in their third week. We don’t care, because why is anyone waiting for some old newspaper to publish the news that everybody is making without the permission of the New York Times, right? But still, it’s funny how the first version of the NYT story about the Brooklyn Bridge fuckery by the NYPD was very quickly edited into a “tense showdown” that completely left out the part about the New York cops leading the protesters onto the bridge and into some weird Spiderman orange net trap, on purpose.

Honestly, complaining about the Corporate Media not reporting on the things you already know about is a waste of time. Corporate Media never reports on anything until they’re told about this thing by enough sources of Conventional Wisdom such as other media representatives, lobbyists, Senate staffers, the boss, and probably what they read on Slate or whatever. (None of this applies if the turmoil is happening in a safely foreign country, because then the editors can use dramatic photographs of foreigners holding up their left feet, painted green, because that’s how they “show democracy” over there, and then the newspaper can win Awards from other newspaper people. It’s magic.)

Anyway, the New York Times very rapidly changed this story written in a “factual way” to better reflect the NYT mission of ignoring whatever happens in New York until it’s big enough to be lied about, the end. [SOA Watch]

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  1. MittsHairHelmet

    Thomas Jefferson said "Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe."

    0 for 2.

  2. BaldarTFlagass

    Did the cops use those "people scooper" trash trucks like in Soylent Green? It's always interesting when life imitates art.

    1. fletc3her

      Right after Obama apologizes to W for being wrong about how fun it is to kill people with predator drones.

    1. SorosBot

      And who gave us all the breaking stories about how the Bush administration is totally right, Saddam Hussein must have WMD and ties to Al Qaeda so we totally need to conquer Iraq.

      1. PalinzADummy

        Ah yes, that dreadful little bitch … what was her name? Judith Miller? Palling around with Scooter Libby and David Addington, two well-known turrrrrrrrists.

  3. spinozasgod

    I read that the NTY reporter who was arrested said that the protesters in the front led the group off of the walkway and onto the street chanting "the bridge is ours", and that is why they were arrested.

          1. Biel_ze_Bubba

            I believe those were all the rage amongst Brooklyn's hipsters last week. To be fair, the guy's been on the other side of the East River for several days.

  4. baconzgood

    "The Great Grey Lady is a great paper"

    "The Great Grey Lady is propaganda arm of the top 1%"


  5. slithytoves

    I get all my news from the local town crier who also does double duty as the stoned clerk working at the requisite Indian Expressmart on the corner.

  6. LesBontemps

    Hahahaha, remember when the NYT was a champion of giving voice to the people and exposing government fucktardery?

    Yeah, me neither.

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        They fucked the chicken on Watergate the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and haven't looked back since.

    1. bagofmice

      Cave Johnson here, to tell you about the latest investment opportunities in Aperture Science.

  7. GeorgiaBurning

    The revolution will not be televised, so obviously it's not worth much discourse in the Times.

  8. RedneckMuslin

    You know who else changed their newspaper stories when their police force used Gestapo tactics?

  9. Callyson

    And I can't wait to hear the excuses from the Public Editor (or whatever they call their ombudsperson) on this one…that is, if they deign to pay any attention to this screw – up in the first place…

  10. freakishlywrong

    We all know the bigger story is whether or not New Jersey Fat Jesus is running or not. Corporate media want a Republican to win, so they can go back to even lazier reporting and still collect those big salaries.

    1. Chet Kincaid

      Perhaps it is merely like the incessant coverage of Rex Ryan, the Jets and the "New York Football Giants" on ESPN. You make more money covering that market than taking 20 tons of equipment to Green Bay.

    1. Chichikovovich

      Man, I wish I could have seen that unbelievable comeback in the ninth inning, when Cano hit the three-run homer off Valverde. Al Baker's writing really makes it come to life.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        Almost as good as his description of Carl Crawford's redeeming, game-saving (season-saving!) catch. It was sheer poetry, how he risked getting grass stains on his unform by diving for that sinking line drive, proving that he was worth all the money Boston was paying him.

  11. prommie

    Well, thats depressing, Ken Layne, the Debbie Downer of Wonkette, and I had a case of the Mondays going on anyway. Is there no ass-fucking to report? Surely, somewhere, someone is ass-fucking. Ass-fucking is both funny, and salacious, and the only thing better than just regular sex is funny sex. KBJ, Ken, can't you find an "uplifting" story, something warm and moist, perhaps even? Something with naked people sexing in some amusing way? Fuck it, just post a link to the youtube of the donkey trying to fuck that mexican guy who was taking a dump in a field, thats funny as hell.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Careful, or you might get a "Go fuck yourself." Which, in and of itself, would be kind of funny.

    2. elviouslyqueer

      Oh prommie, cheer up. Ken did manage to post a pic of Ann Coulter and Chaz Bono's Big Fake Dyke Wedding, so there is that.

      1. prommie

        Where's Fatty McFattypants? That poor bastard would hit the wall while his dick was still 3 feet away from the glory hole; I bet he hasn't seen his dick in years, not without a mirror on a stick, anyway.

  12. donner_froh

    The Ochs-Sulzberger family newsletter has two bedrock principles that it will never betray– stable bond prices and rising Manhattan real estate values.

  13. weejee

    The grating gray lady, da Times, is circling the drain only a little more slowly than the WaPoop. We're dealing with the business, political, and journalistic acumen of Pinch Sulzberger here, not the Pulitzer promenade of yore.

    1. elviouslyqueer

      The Bentley manages to look richly imposing, yet tasteful, avoiding the chromed-Panzer strut of the Rolls-Royce Phantom and the soulless-limo look of the Mercedes Maybach. Crisply tailored shoulders and flowing haunches evoke Bentley S-Types of the ’50s.

      Wow, Lawrence Ulrich, fap to "Europa Europa" much?

      1. tessiee

        "The Bentley manages to look richly imposing, yet tasteful"

        Interestingly enough, the quote you post here describes both the car Bentley and the Nostrildamus' schlong Bentley.

      1. PalinzADummy

        Good gawd, what is that worthless billionaire babbling about now? Does anyone even read his shit anymore? Sweet,, suffering Christ.

    2. Lascauxcaveman

      Sorry, but I just can't hate on a car that weighs three tons and still reaches 184 miles per hour.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        With hardly a ripple on the surface of your champagne.
        No report on how many gallons per mile it gets while doing this, however.

    1. tessiee

      Apparently, he gets all the music he needs from ripping off African music…
      Oh, wait, that was the other Paul Simon.
      My bad.

    1. prommie

      She's still sulking because noone has publicly compared her to Dorothy Parker yet. Poor thing, she's deluded; Dorothy Parker was witty.

      1. LesBontemps

        She's still sulking because noone has publicly compared her to Dorothy Parker yet.

        "Maureen, you're no Dorothy Parker."

        There, now that's taken care of.

  14. metamarcisf

    Headline of the day (Yahoo):

    Cheney says Obama should apologize to Bush administration after al-Awlaki killing

      1. HistoriCat

        I'll translate for you :
        "I'm still a liar and a world-class asshole."

        Seriously Dick – you're still alive? How much longer am I going to have to hold it? I really gotta pee and I just know there will be a line when I get to the grave.

      2. tessiee

        "What does that even mean?"

        I'm not sure, but I think it means that Cheney thinks Obama should apologize to Bush for a) being black and/or b) winning the Presidential election by enough of a margin so that the Repukes couldn't steal it yet again.

  15. poncho_pilot

    if i didn't occasionally see someone using one as a blanket, i would think there weren't any newspapers left.

      1. poncho_pilot

        devoted readers? i worked at a convenience store (in Wisconsin for reference i guess) and we had several customers who were adamant that we save them copies every day. they'd call the store to make sure. we only received between 4-10 Times a day and they sold out most days. but even with those sales multiplied across the country by whatever number is accurate, i can't see how they stay in business.

        so my answer is: it takes all kinds? yeah…

  16. SorosBot

    Just imagine if the current editors of the Times and Post were around in the 60s and 70s; Nixon would never have had to worry about the Pentagon Papers or Watergate, because the newspapers would have just refused to publish / investigate them.

      1. PalinzADummy

        This is particularly painful to me, as a VN vet I know lost his life earlier this year. The VA refused to give him 100% disability, despite the fact that he lost his leg, two fingers, and an eye, rescuing his buddies from certain death. To his credit, he had a great sense of humour, and when MacNamara died, he burnt his prosthetic leg and dumped its ashes at the wall, together with a copy of MacNamara's book that he first shot full of holes. God rest ya, Lou.

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        Watched the Ken Burns special about the bridge on Netflix Streaming a couple months ago.

  17. prommie

    After the way the Times enthusiastically engaged in the psy-ops campaign to gin up public support for the Iraq war, one can't really expect much, can one? I mean, Pravda was a joke, too.

    1. Chichikovovich

      Now listen: Pravda had a *great* daily chess column. The New York Times only gives a Sunday column, and Robert Byrne sucks. (I haven't looked for awhile, so maybe it's somebody else doing the chess column. But whoever they may have replaced Byrne with, I'm sure s/he sucks too.)

    2. KeepFnThatChicken

      don't get all hopeless to realize that human-run print enterprises are agenda-based. Just remember that once Shatner glorifies Pravda in the recent priceline ad, it gains some respectability.

  18. crybabyboehner

    This happened 40 years ago at Mayday, most of the arrests were eventually ruled illegal.

  19. SayItWithWookies

    Well you can't expect the NYT to cover this story accurately — they've got all their best reporters covering the daily revelations of spying and skulduggery in the Rupert Murdoch scandal. Oh, wait.

  20. WhatTheHeck

    Can’t even use the NYT for wrapping my fish in anymore as it may taint it on the way home.

    1. bagofmice

      Wouldn't want to ruin a perfectly good cloacing. Spellcheck thinks that cloacing isn't a word, but if you look for the space between cloaca and taint, you'll find me there.

  21. owhatever

    Another BRILLIANT ploy by the NY Keystone Kops, under the leadership of Chief Barney Fife. Next, they arrest the entire cast of The Book of Mormon. Bad news is that since we're broke, there will be no more police overtime this year.

  22. not that Dewey

    Earl Warren said he looked to the sports pages first, because they tell stories of man's accomplishments. The front page only describes man's failures.

    In the case of the New York Times, one can find failures all over the place.

    1. prommie

      Then he went and covered-up the coup that killed Kennedy, for the good of the country, doncha know.

        1. SorosBot

          Aliens, I think. Just anything to avoid facing the reality that one crazed gunman actually can succeed in killing the President.

          1. prommie

            And that the crazed gunman just coincidentally had just come back from the USSR, to which he had defected after serving in the marines in intelligence with a specialty in Russian. In other words, just the amazing coincidence that the crazed gunman happened to be a CIA agent.

      1. not that Dewey

        I thought you said in their orifices and on their pages and I thought, "no! I'm talking about the NYT, not Republican congressmen!"

        1. PalinzADummy

          This is payback for my "farting" comment, isn't it, ntD? You watch yourself, buddy, or you might be chid yet again. Will user-of-owls take up arms in your defense? Eh? I'm betting not, young man.

  23. SorosBot

    This is the same mainstream media that went along with "enhanced interrogation techniques" because calling torture torture would offend the elite. So, no surprise.

  24. Corrugated Palin

    To answer the question posed in the image alt text, 20 minutes is 760.5 micro-Friedmans.

    (Yes, I am a nerd.)

  25. Quayle2012_KNOT

    Since Ginia Bellafante's NYT article of two weeks ago –a spot on channeling of Paris Hilton with spell check — we only need the littlest Sulzberger to weigh in for us to declare the topic thoroughly covered. He did such a bang up job on the Madison protests.

  26. Negropolis

    Parker: I took some amazing photos of Occupy Wall Street.

    J. Jonah Jameson: Parker! I want pictures of SPIDERMAN!

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