The NY Times Reporting Needs To Improve. A Lot.

Here’s what the NY Times had to say about Trump supporters who are doubling down on their support for Il Trumpe because he is being criticized (boldface mine):

Gina Anders knows the feeling well by now. President Trump says or does something that triggers a spasm of outrage. She doesn’t necessarily agree with how he handled the situation. She gets why people are upset.

But Ms. Anders, 46, a Republican from suburban Loudoun County, Va., with a law degree, a business career, and not a stitch of “Make America Great Again” gear in her wardrobe, is moved to defend him anyway.

“All nuance and all complexity — and these are complex issues — are completely lost,” she said, describing “overblown” reactions from the president’s critics, some of whom equated the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children and parents to history’s greatest atrocities.

“It makes me angry at them, which causes me to want to defend him to them more,” Ms. Anders said.

While she might not have any MAGA apparel, Anders is a founder of the West Virginia Liberty Political Action Committee and was active in Ron Paul’s presidential campaign (according to this article, she was a resident of WV, and now, as the NYT article claims, is a resident of VA).

Is she really a possible Democratic voter? One of WVPAC’s key issues is protecting the Second Amendment. And she’s a long time Republican political activist. Sure, people can change, but she’s really not in the swing voter category. And despite the reporter’s bleatings, he was not writing about the differences within conservatives, but describing a supposed moderate-sounding person (and they’ve done this before). Breaking: most Republicans still support a Republican president….

While we’re on the topic, when’s the last time we’ve read a story about how Republicans have to convince someone like me to vote for them? Silly.

How this possibly informs the NYT readership escapes me.

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2 Responses to The NY Times Reporting Needs To Improve. A Lot.

  1. John Magoun says:

    Good catch on Ms. Anders not exactly being your regular suburban swing voter. But how did you know to go look her up?

    I also like the point that no one seems to expect the GOP to try to convince mainline liberals to change their voting preference. If I remember, the #1 rule of political canvassing is to identify the opposition voters and ignore them going forward; identify your own voters and cultivate them to ensure they vote; and identify the undecided and do all you can to convince them to go with your side. In other words, no one convinces the opposition and it’s not worth trying.

    There really does seem to be some confusion in the media, and perhaps in the Democratic Party, about the difference between a few thousand voters in a couple of swing states who maybe voted for Trump in a burst of frustration, and the tens of millions of long-time Republican voters who will, unsurprisingly one would think, continue to vote for the Republican candidate every time, or at the worst stay home rather than vote for a Democrat. Their opinions should not really be very interesting to those hoping for a Democratic victory in the next few elections.

  2. NY Times readership is firmly GOP.

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