Former NYT reporter accuses Gray Lady of shelving story on violent Kenosha riots until after 2020 election

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Former New York Times reporter Nellie Bowles made the stunning revelation that the Old Gray Lady buried her story on Kenosha arson and looting during the Black Lives Matter riots over the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake until after the 2020 presidential election.

Bowles wrote on Common Sense with Bari Weiss that she traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin to see for herself whether the “mainstream liberal argument” that burning businesses to the ground in the name of racial justice was actually a good thing because it allowed for “expression of righteous rage.” They also contended no harm, no foul since the businesses were insured anyway.

“When I was at the New York Times, I went to Kenosha to see about this, and it turned out to be not true. The part of Kenosha that people burned in the riots was the poor, multi-racial commercial district, full of small, underinsured cell phone shops and car lots. It was very sad to see and to hear from people who had suffered. Beyond the financial loss, small storefronts are quite meaningful to their owners and communities, which continuously baffles the Zoom-class,” Bowles noted.

“Something odd happened with that story after I filed it. It didn’t run. It sat and sat,” she asserted. “Now it could be that the piece was just bad. I’ve sent in bad ones before, and I’ll do it again. A few weeks after I filed, an editor told me: The Times wouldn’t be able to run my Kenosha insurance debacle piece until after the 2020 election, so sorry.”

She was given a number of lame excuses for not publishing her piece including “space, timing, tweaks here or there.” But miraculously, on Nov. 9, the story was run after Biden was elected. It’s unknown who was editing Bowles’ report.

“Whatever the reason for holding the piece, covering the suffering after the riots was not a priority. The reality that brought Kyle Rittenhouse into the streets was one we reporters were meant to ignore,” Bowles wrote.

“The old man who tried to put out a blaze at a Kenosha store had his jaw broken. The top editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer had to resign in June 2020 amid staff outcry for publishing a piece with the headline, ‘Buildings Matter, Too,'” she continued.

“If you lived in those neighborhoods on fire, you were not supposed to get an extinguisher. The proper response — the only acceptable response — was to see the brick and mortar torn down, to watch the fires burn and to say: thank you,” Bowles added.

The reporter announced earlier this month that she was leaving the New York Times, according to Fox News. She claims that now-former colleagues leaked stories to other publications in an effort to embarrass and malign her.

“So I quit,” she stated. “And the secret I’ve discovered is: It’s actually more fun outside, out here in the hinterlands. The old newspapers and mainstream TV networks have made themselves docile and—worst of all—predictable.”

Bowles’ piece that eventually ran following the presidential election was entitled, “Businesses Trying to Rebound After Unrest Face a Challenge: Not Enough Insurance.” It painted a shocking picture of small-business owners struggling as radical activists excused the devastating damage done to their businesses.

“In Kenosha, more than 35 small businesses were destroyed, and around 80 were damaged, according to the city’s business association. Almost all are locally owned and many are underinsured or struggling to manage,” Bowles commented in her piece that the New York Times eventually published.

No one was really shocked that the New York Times would allegedly do such a thing:


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