A county in Florida had plans to provide a New York Times subscription to every resident with a library card, until the county commissioner stepped in and decided not allow that plan to move forward.
“I don’t want the New York Times in this county,” Citrus County Commissioner Scott Carnahan reportedly said during a Thursday meeting.
“I don’t like them. It’s fake news,” he continued.
The county’s library director had requested to purchase an annual digital subscription for library card holders which would have cost the county more than $2,700 for the next three years. About 70,000 library card holders will be forced to live with the intrepid reporting of The Times or purchase subscriptions for themselves.
The former “paper of record,” The New York Times has suffered some major setbacks in the era of President Donald J. Trump, who often uses the descriptor “failing” in reference to the paper.
“Justice Kavanaugh should sue The Failing New York Times for all they are worth!” Trump said in September.
After the disastrous reporting of the mainstream press during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings in 2018, the paper dredged up much of its old reporting on the subject in September when two of its reporters released a book about the confirmation hearing process. The September reports once again accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct without a shred of evidence.
“We also uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year that echoes Ms. Ramirez’s allegation,” the report said. “A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly.”
That September report, though, failed to note some crucial details about this alleged encounter, which forced The Times to add a serious correction.
The correction said:
An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book’s account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party. The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article.
So the paper – which is totally not fake news – accused Kavanaugh of something of sexual misconduct on behalf of a classmate who refused to be interviewed and did not remember the incident, according to her friends.
No wonder the Citrus County Commissioner doesn’t want this smut being peddled in public libraries.
That’s one of the many follies of the paper which have been well-chronicled by conservative media.
Trump has also characterized the paper as “the enemy of the people,” which inspired this reporter to write a book on the subject.
Several of The Times‘ mishaps are covered in my latest title Enemies: The Press vs. The American People.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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