The New York Times was shredded on Thursday for insinuating that gerrymandering was only something Republicans have done in the past, announcing out of desperation that Democrats are now considering using the tactic in the 2022 midterm elections.
“Facing high stakes in the next midterms, New York Democrats are considering a tactic long used by the Republican Party: gerrymandering,” the Times tweeted promoting a podcast on the subject.
Gerrymandering is the process of drawing or redrawing electoral districts in such a way as to favor one political party or the other. It is intended to sway votes during elections and give a party an advantage by strengthening certain districts over others.
The New York Times stated that the practice was conducted by both Republicans and Democrats in 2013. Democrats are notorious for gerrymandering. Rep. Maxine Waters’ district in California is particularly egregious.
This headline is absolute BS. Democrats have never hesitated to gerrymander maps when presented with the opportunity. https://t.co/39mFzPX829
— Michael Sullivan (@Sully21) September 23, 2021
The Times is ringing alarm bells on the midterm elections in an apparent panic over what they see coming, “Republicans are jockeying for a structural advantage in next year’s elections and beyond, Democrats are trying to squeeze everything they can out of their limited leverage, marginalized groups are lobbying state officials to maximize their voting power and lawsuits are looming inescapably on the far side of it all.”
And while the New York Times is portraying Democrats as being innocent of gerrymandering in the past, the reality of the game is quite different.
New York Democrats are currently proposing a redistricting map that would make it harder for three House Republicans to win reelection according to the New York Post. That’s a classic example of gerrymandering.
The plan by Democratic members of the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission seems to be focusing on Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn), Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-Binghamton), and Rep. John Katko (R-Auburn) by increasing the number of registered Democrats among each of their constituencies.
If they succeed, it would cut the number of GOP House members from New York in half because it also eliminates the district now represented by Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning).
New York is also about to lose one of its 27 House seats following next year’s elections due to the results of the 2020 census.
New York State Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy immediately vowed to challenge the redistricting proposal, claiming Democrats “are going to stonewall and drag this process out hoping New Yorkers aren’t paying attention so partisan legislators can draw their own maps.”
“Like everything else under Democrat control in New York, this process is a political sham built on a foundation of lies and hypocrisy,” he said in a statement.
It’s not just California and New York Democrats who engage in the practice either. Many other blue states do as well. Democrats in Maryland have also been accused of unfairly drawing district maps at the expense of Republicans.
Journalist T. Becket Adams blasted the Times on Twitter, “Lmao at the idea of democrats dusting off some old books and going, ‘gerrymandering, gerrymandering … what is it and how does it work??’”
lmao at the idea of democrats dusting off some old books and going, "gerrymandering, gerrymandering … what is it and how does it work??" https://t.co/64gEt2d7Rl
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) September 23, 2021
“As we well know, gerrymandering has been studiously avoided by virtuous Democrats,” RealClearInvestigations senior writer Mark Hemingway snarked.
"tactic long used by the Republican Party"
As we well know, gerrymandering has been studiously avoided by virtuous Democrats. https://t.co/o7t9oHLn1C
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) September 23, 2021
Red State editor Joe Cunningham tweeted, “This tweet is f**king hilarious.”
This tweet is fucking hilarious. https://t.co/gOn7pIcwH1
— Joe Cunningham (@JoePCunningham) September 23, 2021
“It was Rep. Phil Burton (D-Calif.) who, after the 1980 census, pioneered the use of computer-assisted map drawing to aide Democrats in map-making,” journalist David Mark also noted.
Good point. And it was Rep. Phil Burton (D-Calif.) who, after the 1980 census, pioneered the use of computer-assisted map drawing to aide Democrats in map-making. “My contribution to modern art," he mused.
— David Mark (@DavidMarkDC) September 23, 2021
The hypocritical revisionist slant of the New York Times specious claim was ripped into by many others as well:
Imagine thinking this is not only unbiased, but actually true… https://t.co/TqGDqV7vuZ
— Matt Gorman (@mattsgorman) September 23, 2021
— ChristianH (@chertz) September 23, 2021
I am gaping in awe at the notion that New York's Democratic Party has never considered gerrymandering before. https://t.co/EguRtcWHKG
— Megan McArdle (@asymmetricinfo) September 23, 2021
Have they seen the Maryland map? https://t.co/PzOt34g1zW
— Alex Clearfield (@AlexClearfield) September 23, 2021
— Andrew Wagner (@andrewwagner) September 23, 2021
“long used by the Republican Party” https://t.co/XGiT7hIapB
— AG (@AGHamilton29) September 23, 2021
AYKM? Are they seriously advancing the idea that New York Democrats have never gerrymandered? https://t.co/v7TsjRIbMO
— Chris Pandolfo (@ChrisCPandolfo) September 23, 2021
This is lib agitprop. It’s not journalism. It’s ThinkProgress-level trash. https://t.co/nC33NrMAeV
— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) September 23, 2021
Tell me you’ve never heard of Illinois without telling me you’ve never heard of Illinois. https://t.co/uc4Y8DOM86
— Jordan Haverly (@jhaverly) September 23, 2021
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