The goofy non-responses to criticisms of the New York Times probe into Marco Rubio's personal finances

Jon Stewart ripped the New York Times a new one for its investigation and play of Sen. Marco Rubio's supposedly deplorable personal finances. Now comes the non-defenses of the New York Times by, ahem, the New York Times and a Washington Post blogger. As expected.

The New York Times Public Editor briefly noted the hub-bub and then quickly drew a red herring across the path of the criticism by engaging in an extended discourse about the ethics of running a story on the paper's digital edition long before it appears in the print edition and how to handle responses to the digital story before the printed story runs and whether the printed story should be updated and blah and blah....

Jeez, Margaret. (You can read this fussy and way-0ff-the-mark column here. Here are the New York Times traffic ticket and  financial practices stories.)

Then, Washington Post blogger Erik Wemple weighs in with a criticism of Jon Stewart for "cherry picking" the revelations from the New York Times story, arguing that Stewart overlooks the more important facts. Such as "Rubio liquidated a $68,000 retirement account, a move that comes with hefty taxes and penalties that the paper estimated at $24,000." And that he has "a strikingly low savings rate." Oh, dear.

Yes, as Wemple notes, questions about Rubio's alleged use of a Republican Party credit card for personal "stuff" and his so-called "reliance on campaign donor and billionaire Norman Braman" are worth a close look. But the "stuff" about Rubio's traffic tickets and the rest only serves to make him appear to be more like "people like us."  I mean, has the supposedly shoo-in Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had to cash in her retirement account because she and her husband Bill Clinton left the White House flat broke?

The point of the New York Times story, I guess, is that "if someone can't handle his own finances well, how can he be expected to handle the nation's?" Clearly anyone can do it better than President Barack Obama, Sen. Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and the rest of the Democrats have driven America's and Illinois' finances into the toilet.

See my earlier comments about the New York Times "investigation" and a video of Jon Stewart's mockery of the newspaper: Jon Stewart skewers New York Times for its "Petty in Politics" reporting on Marco Rubio

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  • "Driven America's finances into the toilet" How convenient to forget GWB and the Great Recession under his watch.

  • You mean the recession caused by the housing bubble, which was caused by government regulators insisting that mortgage requirements be relaxed so that unqualified low income people could buy homes they couldn't afford and which enabled financial scammers to bundle those packages up into dangerous packages that once they started failing, sent the entire economy into a tailspin? You mean the one that, under Barack Obama, has seen the slowest recovery rate?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    "The Obama administration does not, of course, bear the sole blame [for the great divide between the rich and poor]. President George W. Bush's steep tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 and his multitrillion-dollar wars in Iraq and Afghanistan emptied the piggy bank while exacerbating the great divide. His party's new-found commitment to fiscal discipline---in the form of insisting on low taxes for the rich while slashing services for the poor---is the height of hypocrisy." Joseph Stiglitz pp. 390=391 of his "The Great Divide"

    BTW, those "financial scammers" were the Banks Too Big To Fail.

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