I used to take pleasure in reading the New York Times, which purports to be the 'Paper of Record'. On Sundays back in the 1990s, reading the Sunday Times and doing the crossword puzzle was a favored post-hangover ritual after a night of carousing. These days, though, I don't even bother clicking on links to the website because the way the paper frames stories gives me agita. I mean, check out this pretty bit of journalistic malpractice from the NYT chief White House correspondent:
Biden fell just short of his goal of at least partly vaccinating 70% of adults by Independence Day. As of Friday, 67% of adults had gotten at least one dose. Almost 60% of all adults are fully vaccinated. @jamesmckinleyjr @adeelnyt @SherylNYT @MitchKSmith https://t.co/9XNBcmFt3I— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) July 4, 2021
Biden fell short? For months, it has been known that Republicans are hesitating to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Twenty states have hit the 70% rate of residents receiving at least one shot... all of them majority Democratic states. Singling out Mississippi and Alabama, these states have fewer than one-third of their residents vaccinated. In a particularly worrisome development, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is becoming more prevalent in low-vaccine regions.
While the Biden Administration's vaccine rollout has been well-coordinated, there is an even better-coordinated disinformation campaign, mainly on the right. I've heard whackos claim the the vaccine magnetizes people, that it causes miscarriages, that it neuters young people... if you have the intestinal fortitude, these gentlemen do a wonderful job of cataloging disinformation. In the face of such intransigence, it's a miracle that Biden was able to achieve a 67% vaccination rate. This Peter Baker guy can go piss up a rope. As for the Times, not even Will Shortz can get me to buy the paper anymore.