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 Margaret Sullivan 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....
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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