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How The NYT Reported Ford’s Decision

Normally we would not post two consecutive stories about such a local issue, but this New York Times article shows in real time how outrageously The Times and the rest of our watchdog media will spin the news to please their Democrat bosses:

Ford Decides Not to Run for Senate Seat

By MICHAEL BARBARO

March 1, 2010

Harold E. Ford Jr., the former Tennessee congressman who has sought to parlay his star power and Wall Street connections into a political career in New York, has decided not to challenge Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in the Democratic primary this September.

"Star power" and "Wall Street" connections? How damning!

After traveling the state on a closely watched tour, he told friends that he could prevail but feared that an ugly campaign would leave the winner drained of cash and vulnerable to a Republican challenger at a time when the Democratic Party’s filibuster-proof majority in the United States Senate has evaporated. The New York Times reported his decision on its web site early Monday evening.

“I’ve examined this race in every possible way, and I keep returning to the same fundamental conclusion: If I run, the likely result would be a brutal and highly negative Democratic primary — a primary where the winner emerges weakened and the Republican strengthened,” Mr. Ford wrote in an opinion article that was posted on The New York Times Web Site on Monday night and appeared in Tuesday’s issue of the newspaper.

The possibility of a Senate campaign in New York by the telegenic Mr. Ford, who has been working as a vice chairman of Merrill Lynch and a political commentator on NBC since moving to New York in 2006, had riveted New York’s political world and touched off a furious behind-the-scenes effort to keep him out of the race.

After Mr. Ford acknowledged his interest in the Senate seat in January, Democratic leaders expressed fear that a tough primary battle with Ms. Gillibrand would endanger what is considered a safe Democratic seat at a time when Republicans are seeking to mount challenges across the country…

Mr. Ford, the son of a long-serving Democratic congressman in Memphis, wrote in The Times, “I refuse to do anything that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York, and give the Senate majority to the Republicans.”

As anyone can read for themselves, Mr. Ford spent the vast majority of his editorial complaining about the Democrat party bosses and how out of touch they are with the American voter.

And yet The Times quotes twice from the only paragraph in Mr. Ford’s article where he expresses any loyalty to the Democrat party. And it is the 11th paragraph out of fourteen paragraphs.

In the other 13 paragraphs Mr. Ford blasts the out of touch party and its bullying bosses. But you would never know that from this description from the New York Times.

But he faced practical — and mundane — obstacles as well, like a big fund-raising gap with Ms. Gillibrand and little time to close it. His advisers estimated that he needed to collect $15 million over the next six months. Mr. Ford is known as a thoroughbred in the fund-raising world, and his well-heeled backers, like the financier Steven Rattner and Richard Plepler, the co-president of HBO, had pledged to help him raise money…

Yet another unsubtle reminder about how ‘connected’ Mr. Ford is.

From the start, Mr. Ford’s potential candidacy angered national Democratic Party leaders by disrupting plans for what was planned as a seamless Gillibrand nomination. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate majority leader, called Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to discourage him from supporting Mr. Ford, and Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York met personally with Mr. Ford to argue against his candidacy.

At first, the organized campaign seemed to embolden Mr. Ford. He branded those who asked him to stay out as “bullying party bosses” and sought to portray himself as a political outsider taking on an out-of-touch establishment

“At first” Mr. Ford branded them as “bullying party bosses” and "out-of-touch"?

That is the whole point of his Times editorial.

Despite his relative newness to the state — he did not become an official resident until 2009 — dozens of influential Democratic donors urged him to run, saying they were underwhelmed by Ms. Gillibrand, a former upstate congresswoman who was appointed to the Senate by Gov. David A. Paterson last year after a muddled search to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton…

Speaking of Mrs. Clinton, how many New York Times article pointed to the fact that she ran for the Senate from New York after having moved to the state a mere few weeks before?

(The Clintons purchased their house in Chappaqua in September 1999. Hillary was elected to represent New York in November 2000.)

Mr. Ford’s introduction to the state’s electorate, however, was rocky, and at times, awkward. He told The Times that he had visited Staten Island via helicopter, apparently unaware that residents of the borough are preoccupied with the dearth of public transportation there.

Gosh, what a terrible gaffe. In fact, it’s so terrible we’re not even quite sure what it is.

It certainly doesn’t rank with some of things that came out Mrs. Clinton’s mouth during her campaign. Or, for that matter, Caroline Kennedy’s.

But any port in a storm.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “How The NYT Reported Ford’s Decision”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    He knows how the media works.
    He should have started with a one line announcement and forced them to report on it.
    It would be very difficult for them to parse something like this: “I am quitting because the Democrat Ledership Sucks!”


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