In the lead up to what we're told every day is the most important election of our lives, the New York Times hasn't run a single OpEd by someone voting for Trump, as far as I can tell (correct me if I'm wrong). What an absolute failure on the part of the former paper of record.
The reason that's always given for this is that Trump's supporters lie about facts, or that they're all racists. This is not the reason. It's actually about class and a digital media business model that relies on excluding the wrong kind of readers (ones without a college degree)
That's also why Trump's name appears every 250 words or so in the New York Times (…), and never God forbid by anyone who admires him. Ever hear of "Project Feels" (…)? "Who you gonna believe, me or your lying feelings?" Image
The Times has become a set of individual journalists living in terror of being ratioed on Twitter for which you can lose your job, coupled with a business model that depends on Twitter and on excluding the very people Twitter hates. It's a match made in - well, you decide.

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18 Aug
"And we moved the capital of Israel to Jerusalem. That's for the Evangelicals. You know, it's amazing: The Evangelicals are more excited about that than Jewish people. That's really - right? It's incredible."
Aside from brazenly admitting to pursuing a major foreign policy upset to woo voters, what's interesting about this is who Trump is cutting out of the story: Sheldon Adelson, who reportedly gave him $20M in exchange for a promise to move the embassy.…
Not so this time around: the Adelsons are withholding support from Trump's campaign, which has angered the President. The Adelsons are "concerned about the optics of funding political campaigns at a time when their employees are facing financial hardship."…
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Wow: Letter defending @NYCMayor from Satmar: "We strongly denounce the vicious attacks against the Mayor, particularly those accusing him of anti-Semitism. The close relationship btwn Mr. De Blasio and our community go back close to two decades... We consider him a dear friend."
"At the directive of our Grand Rabbi, our schools, synagogues & orgs have diligently followed the government's guidance.. Regrettably there seem to have been a handful of instances where guidelines have not been adhered to. We don't condone any behavior that puts people at risk."
This from the other Satmar sect (the dynasty is split in two) goes so far as to call failing to socially distance and clashing with police a "chillul Hashem" - a desecration of God's name, which is a grave sin.
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I don't agree with everything here but these words are very close to my personal beliefs: "Liberalism celebrates certain values: reasonableness, conversation, compassion, tolerance, intellectual humility and optimism. Liberalism is horrified by cruelty."…
Our current political/chattering classes have all but capitulated to cruelty as a virtue, the age of The Clapback! I refuse to accept it. Dehumanizing our opponents stems from the part of ourselves we must wage war with, every single day. But today it's considered the noble part.
"But the other side is putting babies in cages!" Yeah, for lack of murdering the part of themselves that enjoys dehumanizing the other. You don't fight that by finding someone else to dehumanize, to humiliate, to shame.
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I usually ignore Jewish Currents because of its total lack of moral credibility, and I don't have the time or temperament for hate reading. But I have to say something about their editorial about violent attacks against Orthodox Jews.
After casting themselves as the "silenced" victims of the Jewish establishment, the writers then do an about face and admit that the allegations about their silence "are correct" - they have indeed been silent. Glad to see that shameful reality acknowledged finally.
More egregious is the pivot to blaming gentrification for the attacks, as is now fashionable on the left, which of course accepts the terms of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Just read this: Jews own the property, sneaky, well-organized Jews take social services from others.
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How is it that @nytopinion can't get a single Trump supporter to write for them? Instead we have to make due with David Brooks' fantasies of what they would say. Do they not seek them out? Refuse to publish them? It's absolutely mind-boggling and a huge disservice to readers.
OF COURSE we shld understand how they think. They're half our nation! As Brooks notes in his actually accurate cosplay, cutting them out of public discourse is a major driver of support for Trump. The paper of record shld feature their voices, not this embarrassing ventriloquism.
You want Trump supporters to read the New York Times and trust its reporting? How about reflecting their views once in a while? Signal that you exist for them too. We're siloing ourselves and we will be the ones to pay the price.
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Polling from Gallup finds that 95% of American Jews have favorable views of Israel. Anti-Zionist Jews are of course part of our wonderfully diverse community. But they are a tiny minority. Non-Jews should avoid using them as cover to offend the other 95%.…
If you only have room in your movement for the 5% of Jews who don't have a favorable view of Israel, your movement effectively doesn't have room for Jews in it. Something I urge people to keep in mind.
That may be a calculus some people want to make. But a better idea would be to talk to Jews about why Israel is so important to them. You'll find that despite this support, most American Jews object to the same injustices you do.
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