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The New York Times’ alleged attempt to politicize Memorial Day weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic has made it public enemy number one to some Americans.
On Sunday, a day before the nation was slated to honor the millions of military personnel who died while defending the U.S. both here and abroad, the Times chose to honor the roughly 100,000 Americans who’ve died amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Alex Berenson, a former Times reporter who’s been increasingly critical of left-wing propaganda in recent times, was among those to cry foul:
Attention citizens! Your Dept. Of Pandemia issues a Special Journalism Prize (redeemable for six Pulitzers) to @nytimes for this stark yet beautiful reminder No One Ever Died Before. Added bonus: calculating a death toll while calling the loss “incalculable.” Attention citizens! pic.twitter.com/s3VJpAzsYe
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) May 24, 2020
Serious question: anyone wonder how far down the list one would have to go to find the first “gunshot wound” or “alcohol poisoning” death? I’m not going to bother, but unless these names were vetted very carefully (unlikely – the job would be huge), probably not too far.
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) May 24, 2020
He wasn’t alone in his complaints.
Suicides and Domestic Violence victims, next.
— Son of Medicine Man (@son_medicine) May 24, 2020
— Frank Mascaro (@flyeaglesfly048) May 24, 2020
In 2018, 150,000 people died of lung cancer.
— KRS ❌ (@KRSWorldReview) May 24, 2020
NYT is a propaganda rag 🙄 Why don’t they do the dramatic front page every year for the 30,000 to 80,000 AMERICANS DEAD FROM THE FLU?? 🤔
— Kay Bee (@wisenaive) May 24, 2020
It’s Memorial Day tomorrow. Will the @NYTimes print the names all of our military men and women who died protecting our liberty?
— Proud Deplorable (@HKirsh1) May 24, 2020
You are are sick. Today is Memorial Day, and you are co-opting it using the idea behind the Vietnam Memorial to try and attack trump. Absolutely sick! Is nothing below you?
— Aquinas_meets_Demosthenes (@Demosth29104528) May 24, 2020
While yes, the idea of honoring coronavirus victims by listing out the names of 1,000 alleged victims sounds nice in theory, the Times’ history of pushing left-wing propaganda makes it necessary for real journalists to question its motives and methods.
For one, did the Times confirm that every person included on the list actually died of the coronavirus? Numerous reports have emerged of deaths being attributed to the coronavirus even in cases where the virus had little to nothing to do with it.
Second, why hasn’t the Times published similar lists of the countless Americans who’ve died this year because of other causes, including but not limited to stroke, heart disease, cancer, murder, old age, etc.?
And on that note, why has the paper reportedly never once published a similar list containing the names of those Americans who died while serving in the military?
The latter question is particularly relevant given the Times’ decision to capitalize on and allegedly exploit Memorial Day weekend to honor coronavirus victims instead.
And yes, some evidence points toward the list being nothing but a clever attempt to propagandize. If you pull up the Times’ website, you’ll find other Sunday stories bashing not only President Donald Trump but even the military.
Below is one particularly disturbing example:
“Covid Dreams, Trump Nightmares,” another disturbing headline reads.
But none of the paper’s front-page headlines pertain to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose bungling incompetence is responsible for nearly 30 percent of the nation’s coronavirus death toll and a total of 5,500+ nurse home deaths alone.
Other blue state governors have displayed the same incompetence, thus leading some to conclude that, instead of taking shots at the president and the military, perhaps the Times should have directed its Memorial Day rage elsewhere.
They should’ve highlighted the deaths caused by @NYGovCuomo except they’d deplete the yellow ink reserve for the whole country! Why don’t they also use the remaining pages of their left propaganda paper to print the deaths at the hands of illegal aliens!?
— Timothy Wise (@Timster1984) May 24, 2020
“More than 5,500 nursing home residents died in New York after Andrew Cuomo issued his order forcing nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients.” This is ‘Incalculable loss’ – put this on New York Times cover
— tinmyheart (@tinmyheart) May 24, 2020
Are they starting with the ones that Cuomo and other blue state governors sent to their nursing homes with the China virus?
— Roger (@red9898roger) May 24, 2020
About 35% of these death are the responsibility of a few blue state Governors concentrated mainly in the Northeast who returned Covid-19 patients to nursing homes.
— Kurt Spindler (@kasxyz) May 24, 2020
Blue state governors sent infected sick senior citizens to nursing homes that weren’t equipped to handle covid patients.
— TJ_alias (@tj_alias) May 24, 2020
— ChadHarvey (@ChadHarvey7) May 24, 2020
Why the @nytimes didn’t sort the #coronavirus #victims list BY STATE?
Why not separate #NYC/vicinity, the #pandemic #hardestHit area & the #NYTimes‘ own city?
Don’t State/local #authorities like #Democrats #deBlasio/#Cuomo play #greatestRole in #PublicHealth?#covid19 #MAGA2020 pic.twitter.com/1ZRPRJrLua
— Virgilio Rodriguez (@VRodriguezPhD) May 24, 2020
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