The New York Times enjoys rewriting history. The 1619 project – the narrative that the U.S. was truly founded in 1619 as a slave country – has so entranced the Gray Old Lady that in her giddiness she has decided that the fake story is more fun than the real story.
Facts? What facts? You don’t need them if you write at the New York Times.
Of course, this ultimately turns on you, too. We have seen other media people explore the Times’ own love of slavery via the Ochs family dynasty. (See this New York Post article: https://nypost.com/2020/07/18/the-family-that-owns-the-new-york-times-were-slaveholders-goodwin/)
But back to facts. The Times can’t even get short term history correct.
At least star columnist Maureen Dowd can’t. She got a slapdown from none other than Hillary Clinton.
Writing on the 1984 vice presidential candidacy of Geraldine Ferraro ahead of Joe Biden’s announcement of a female running mate, Dowd in a Saturday column wrote that it had been “36 years since a man and a woman ran together on a Democratic Party ticket.”
That claim ignored the 2016 presidential election, in which Hillary Clinton selected Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate on the Democratic ticket that year.
Clinton herself weighed in on the historical error, writing on Twitter on Saturday morning: “Either [Tim Kaine] and I had a very vivid shared hallucination four years ago or Maureen had too much pot brownie before writing her column again.”
After correcting the error in the article itself, the newspaper issued a corrective tweet, writing: “An earlier version of this column incorrectly said it had been 36 years since a man and a woman ran together on a Democratic Party ticket. It has been that long since a man chose a woman to run as his vice president.”
That claim was also incorrect: John McCain selected Sarah Palin to be his running mate on the 2008 Republican presidential ticket.
The Times subsequently deleted the additional error-laden tweet.
Their real motto should be “All the news we fit to print into our propaganda.”