Calling It Like It Is
The above title came to me as I read through this item from The Patriot Post. Here is a bit of what it says:
NY Times Peddles More School Shooting Deception
School shootings are no doubt heartbreaking. But the bigger story is the Times is complicit in its own immorality.
We’re not even a full month into the new year and already The New York Times is peddling deceptive information to spur action on gun control. On Tuesday, following the unfortunate situation in Benton, Kentucky, in which innocent students were ruthlessly attacked (and two killed) by a fellow pupil, the Times ran with this narrative-infused headline: “School Shooting in Kentucky Was Nation’s 11th of Year. It Was Jan. 23.” Only in the sixth paragraph did it almost unnoticeably get around to printing this disclaimer: “Some of the shootings at schools this year were suicides that injured no one else; some did not result in any injuries at all.” How nice of the Times to let that cat out of the bag — you know, after the agenda-driven drivel was already featured in the headline.
Yeah, my title is dead on. This is a hit job on a publication noted for telling it like it is. Hit job? Who would know? Nobody but everybody who bothers to read the piece that appeared Tuesday in The New York Times:
School Shooting in Kentucky Was Nation’s 11th of Year. It Was Jan. 23.
That’s the first paragraph, not the sixth. In the first paragraph the article describes a variety of incidents other than cold-blooded murder. And the agenda? How about there is something wrong when possession of weapons of war, as provided in the Second Amendment, translates into random and other shootings at are near schools and students.
That said, I do perceive an agenda.
It’s an appeal to patriotism and all that right-thinking Americans hold dear. The motto I translate, perhaps incorrectly, as “For God and Liberty.” It’s followed by 1776, the year of the Declaration of Independence. The Patriot Post is one of those. I have no way of knowing how patriotic the people of The Patriot Post are, but I am sure that most are. That said, I know patriots who are not of this mind set, patriots who would object to this kind of whack job. Here is a letter I received 50 years ago from a patriot—a more liberal person you are not ever likely to meet:
To make the story short, the helicopter coming to take him on night patrol crashed in the darkness and the mist, and everybody aboard was killed. My brother used to hunt men with a sniper rifle, and I know personally he would have no part of the nonsense peddled by The Patriot Post.