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NYT Reporter Can’t Handle The Truth About Media Imbalance In Covering J6 And Shoot-Up Of Republican Baseball Game

NYT Reporter Can’t Handle The Truth About Media Imbalance In Covering J6 And Shoot-Up Of Republican Baseball Game

NY Times’ Maggie Haberman Faces Backlash For Equating Republican Baseball Shooting and Capitol Riot Media Coverage

One of the examples conservatives frequently—and rightly—use when discussing bias in media coverage is the Congressional baseball shootings that took place June 14, 2017, in Alexandria, Virginia during a practice game.

Four people were shot, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was nearly killed by deranged Bernie Sanders supporter and Trump hater James T. Hodgkinson, who specifically targeted Republicans (many GOP lawmakers were on the field that day) for assassination. Hodgkinson, 66, later died from injuries he sustained from a shootout with Capitol Police and Alexandria Police officers.

We all remember how the story largely disappeared from view after about the first 48 hours or so, primarily because the shooting could not be linked to “right-wing extremism.” Though there were scattered reports and updates on Scalise’s condition afterward, the story went missing from the front pages of national newspapers and cable news outlets like CNN and MSNBC outside of random attempts to blame Trump and conservatives for what happened.  It took the FBI five years to “quietly admit” the leftist shooting attack on sitting members of Congress was domestic terrorism.

On the one-year anniversary of the Capitol riot this past Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis correctly pointed out that the day was like “Christmas” to the media and Democrats, saying that they would use the day to “smear” any supporter of former President Trump. He also decried comparisons of the Capitol riot to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and noted the disparities between the coverage of the Congressional baseball shootings and the Capitol riot.

“That was like a one-day, two-day story,” said DeSantis, who at the time was a member of Congress and had left the game shortly before the shootings started. “That was not something that the Capitol-based press wanted to talk about. Why? Because it totally undercut their preferred narratives. January 6th allows them to create narratives that are negative about people that supported Donald Trump.”


New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who is also a political analyst for CNN, was triggered by DeSantis’s comments and took to the Twitter machine to dispute his claims, declaring that the Congressional baseball shootings “were a huge story”:

A number of folks including CNN commentator Mary Katharine Ham countered Haberman’s claim with some inconvenient facts:

Haberman never responded directly to any of her critics, of course, because apparently, that’s beneath her. Instead, she latched on to fellow CNNer Andrew Kaczynski’s (failed) attempt at undercutting what Ham said of coverage at the time, and claimed Ham was trying to “pick a fight”:

Later, Haberman appeared to agree with an NBC News photographer’s comment about the media’s coverage of the Congressional baseball shootings, while also insinuating that from a “proportionate” perspective the Capitol riot got more coverage because it was in her view a bigger deal than a baseball field full of Republican members of Congress being shot at:

Whenever I see Haberman commenting on something I always think about the Intercept report from a few years ago which noted how Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign viewed Haberman as an ally:

From that strategy memo:

We have has a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year. We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed. While we should have a larger conversation in the near future about a broader strategy for reengaging the beat press that covers HRC, for this we think we can achieve our objective and do the most shaping by going to Maggie.

Some things never change.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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The good news is that most people can and are beginning to clearly see the difference in the coverage; placement in print, space and length, follow up reporting. Not just here but with many issues especially the ones selected by corporate media and elites as supporting their preferred narratives.

    Hopefully, they’ll also begin to see these people are bratty children in adult bodies.

    Long ago I was in a class that had a visitor who grew up in Nazi Germany. He said something to the effect that even the most die-hard dedicated Nazis could tell what was going on when they read in the paper that today’s glorious Wehrmacht victory was twenty miles closer to Berlin than yesterday’s glorious victory.

    Forgive the Nazi reference but I thought the point about the declining effectiveness of propaganda was relevant.

      mailman in reply to irv. | January 10, 2022 at 2:14 pm

      That’s actually a very good point Commie! I dare say even today’s Democrat Nazi’s can see what’s going on?!?

      Arminius in reply to irv. | January 11, 2022 at 7:05 pm

      If you want to avoid the Nazi reference the Egyptian Pharoahs did the same thing as recorded on the inscriptions at their funereal complexes. Ramses II completely annihilated the Hittite army at Kadesh in 1274 B.C. Just obliterated the Hittites. Then they had to obliterate the Hittites again south of Kadesh in Canaan. And again and again. Each time reducing the Hittites to ashes. Finally 16 years after the Battle of Kadesh. After repeatedly demolishing the Hittites ever closer to the Nile, the Egyptians signed a peace treaty with the obliterated/annihilated/totally destroyed Hittites.

      “The treaty was signed to end a long war between the Hittite Empire and the Egyptians, who had fought for over two centuries to gain mastery over the lands of the eastern Mediterranean. The conflict culminated with an attempted Egyptian invasion in 1274 BC that was stopped by the Hittites at the city of Kadesh on the Orontes River in what is now Syria. The Battle of Kadesh resulted in both sides suffering heavy casualties, but neither was able to prevail decisively in either the battle or the war. The conflict continued inconclusively for about fifteen more years before the treaty was signed. Although it is often referred to as the “Treaty of Kadesh”, it was actually signed long after the battle, and Kadesh is not mentioned in the text.

      …Although the Egyptians were able to survive a terrible predicament in Kadesh, it was not the splendid victory that Ramesses sought to portray but a stalemate in which both sides had sustained heavily losses.[16] After an unsuccessful attempt to gain further ground the following day, Ramesses headed back south to Egypt bragging about his individual achievements during Kadesh. Even though Ramesses technically won the battle, he ultimately lost the war since Muwatalli and his army retook Amurru and extended the buffer zone with Egypt further southward.[17]…”

      Or you can refer to the great “victory” the Imperial Japanese Navy won at Midway. And they kept winning closer to home, even as the American bombers arrived over Tokyo. Like the armies of the Pharoahs, the forces of his Imperial Majesty, the “Son of Heaven” and direct descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu, never lost.

      Until they did.

      But keep the Nazi comparison; I believe it’s apt.

    Olinser in reply to CommoChief. | January 10, 2022 at 3:53 am

    I remember I redpilled somebody about 15 years ago by simply pointing out the difference in pictures chosen in any story. About 15 years ago ANY story involving Bitch McConnell was accompanied by THE SAME picture of a weird angle close-up where he was clearly sweating and looked flustered. They used the same picture for YEARS, while Obama always got a series

    I redpilled him by asking the very simple question – why did they constantly use the same bad picture of McConnell, and yet they have dozens of different pictures of Obama where he ALWAYS looked somber, thoughtful, and in control.

    He literally couldn’t answer because the only answer was they wanted to make even the RINO trash look bad.

    They did the same thing with Trump. There was only a handful of ‘bad’ Trump pictures that were CONSTANTLY re-used by all of the media outlets.

      Dathurtz in reply to Olinser. | January 10, 2022 at 6:05 am

      They actually changed the tint on the broadcast to make him look orange.

        Arminius in reply to Dathurtz. | January 11, 2022 at 7:15 pm

        CNN just did the same thing to Joe Rogan. They doctored the tint of a picture he posted on his Instagram account to make him look sicker than he ever was.

Fires wipe out towns in Colorado, tornadoes in Kentucky.

The MSM yawns. Maybe they’ll send someone who agrees to go “provided I get back to DC or NYC within 36 hours.”

But a snowflake lands on Brian Williams’ Guccis, “Stop the presses.”

Not too self-absorbed, huh?

I apologize, but this will become repetitive….

If your position / argument is strong, you do not need to lie….

I remember the intense investigation of the Republican train derailment.

Must have taken 15 minutes.

For HOW MANY YEARS did we hear about the insane idiot that shot Giffords? And they used it to scream and bitch and whine about how many utterly unrelated politicians – Sarah Palin and the idiotic ‘target map’ being the most ludicrous by far.

A committed Bernie Bro tried to kill an entire group of Republicans EXPLICITLY because they were Republicans, and it gets memory holed within 3 days.

Remember that when pieces of shit like Cruz try and whine about ‘terrorism’ on Jan 6th.

I find better ideas and analysis inside the comment sections of the stuff I read here and other sites. I consider the media to be at an 8th grade level or lower. they are too repetitive like elementary education rather than thought provoking.

    2smartforlibs in reply to r2468. | January 10, 2022 at 7:30 am

    Very observant of you. I knew a speechwriter once ( did write for a president) that said all speeches were written on that level because that’s was the level most America could understand what was being said.

2smartforlibs | January 10, 2022 at 7:29 am

I found 103 acts of violence committed by the left ( resistance) under the Trump administration.

A minor complaint with this very good article.

Why do we on the right accept the description of the attacker as the “deranged Bernie Sanders supporter and Trump hater”.

He was not “deranged”.

That is another leftist language grab to soften the plain fact that he was, and no doubt still is, a murderer, a killer for a cause,

Steven Brizel | January 10, 2022 at 9:01 am

Haberman is engaged in whitewashing and apologetics for the minimal attention that the legacy media paid to the Sanders supporter who attempted to kill GOP members of congress playing baseball

The opinions of media “reporters” have a suspicious connection to their livelihood.