NYT: On Ellen Pao & Pope Francis Compare and Contrast

While I was off enjoying Pintastic NE the world continued on its merry way as did the NYT which continued to do what it does best spin.

On their attempt to spin the firing/ resignation of Ellen Pao from Reddit my fellow conservatives were all over them

Ed Driscoll at Instapundit gathers some like Twitchy

The New York Times gave its take — or takes — on Pao’s resignation today is a piece which some say started as a news item and became an opinion piece.

The times was determined to spin this event into something other than a consumer revolt but folks like As the Ace of Spades Crowd were all over it:

And Ann Althouse (not really a conservative) put the final nail in the coffin:

I know, you’re going to say, why are you surprised? It’s the New York Times. Why do you even read it? But put the usual reflexive retorts aside for a moment and take a look at how bad this example is. It’s a news report, not an opinion piece, and it assumes, over and over, that Pao is the victim of sexism (even though her downfall had to do with her involvement in the firing of another woman):

Of course this was possible because we were paying attention as this story developed in the first place. July 3rd:

Reddit is in meltdown.

The hugely popular link-sharing site is in a state of virtual lockdown after the volunteers who run some of the site’s biggest communities (known as “subreddits”) went on the digital equivalent of a general strike. This followed the sacking of Victoria Taylor, a popular site admin, after a Reddit Q&A with the Rev. Jesse Jackson went badly for the activist preacher.

High-traffic subreddits dedicated to movies, gaming, videos, history, science and art have been voluntarily locked by their moderators as an act of protest against the decision, which they saw as a symptom of an increasingly overbearing management that takes its users and volunteer moderators for granted.

July 6th:

Ever notice how every revolt against corrupt authority is now characterized as racist and misogynist . . . by the tools of corrupt authority?

July 9th:

WHEN THE USER BASE IS UNHAPPY: Reddit Chiefs Eat Humble Pie as Competitor Voat Approached by Venture Capitalists.

and finally the 10th

ANOTHER CONSUMER REVOLT DRAWS BLOOD: Ellen Pao Out as Reddit CEO; Co-Founder Huffman Takes Over.

UPDATE: Ellen Pao Steps Down as CEO After Reddit Revolt. All those readers and volunteers turned out to be equity holders, actually.

End result?  Informed bloggers destroy the NYT attempt to spin the events at Reddit. They’re exposed to anyone willing to read the facts.


The NYT also tried to spin another event, the Pope’s visit to south America. They start with a Headline that’s a doozy:

In Fiery Speeches, Francis Excoriates Global Capitalism

Note the word “fiery” boy he must be really hitting capitalism HARD. Then look at the text inside

His speeches can blend biblical fury with apocalyptic doom. Pope Francis does not just criticize the excesses of global capitalism. He compares them to the “dung of the devil.” He does not simply argue that systemic “greed for money” is a bad thing. He calls it a “subtle dictatorship” that “condemns and enslaves men and women.”

Ooh that’s a big first paragraph Francis must really be saying something strong here, maybe in the rest we’ll hear the words of the Pope to see what he is saying.

Ah but it ‘s the new york times, so instead of the Pope words in context in the next 23 paragraphs we get a lot of quotes from left wing theologians on the Pope and stuff like this:

The French economist Thomas Piketty argued last year in a surprising best-seller, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” that rising wealth inequality is a natural result of free-market policies, a direct challenge to the conventional view that economic inequalities shrink over time. The controversial implication drawn by Mr. Piketty is that governments should raise taxes on the wealthy.

Huh? What is That doing in a News story about the Pope?

Fortunately as I noted last week there is a page at the Vatican that has the Pope’s actual speeches from his trip sermons available online so I decided to find this spot where the Pope is talking about Capitalism as the “dung of the devil” and what do you know? It turns out it’s not quite the type of thing the Times makes it out to be: (all emphasis mine)

And behind all this pain, death and destruction there is the stench of what Basil of Caesarea – one of the first theologians of the Church – called “the dung of the devil”. An unfettered pursuit of money rules. This is the “dung of the devil”. The service of the common good is left behind. Once capital becomes an idol and guides people’s decisions, once greed for money presides over the entire socioeconomic system, it ruins society, it condemns and enslaves men and women, it destroys human fraternity, it sets people against one another and, as we clearly see, it even puts at risk our common home, sister and mother earth.

Now greed and lust for money as evil is one of the basic teachings of the church since the time of Christ and every single Pope of the last 50 years has discussed it. Francis goes on:

Secondly, you are sowers of change. Here in Bolivia I have heard a phrase which I like: “process of change”. Change seen not as something which will one day result from any one political decision or change in social structure. We know from painful experience that changes of structure which are not accompanied by a sincere conversion of mind and heart sooner or later end up in bureaucratization, corruption and failure. There must be a change of heart. That is why I like the image of a “process”, processes, where the drive to sow, to water seeds which others will see sprout, replaces the ambition to occupy every available position of power and to see immediate results. The option is to bring about processes and not to occupy positions. Each of us is just one part of a complex and differentiated whole, interacting in time: peoples who struggle to find meaning, a destiny, and to live with dignity, to “live well”, and in that sense, worthily.

What? Did I just hear Francis warn about bureaucratization and corruption It can’t be. The NYT didn’t say a word about it!


As members of popular movements, you carry out your work inspired by fraternal love, which you show in opposing social injustice. When we look into the eyes of the suffering, when we see the faces of the endangered campesino, the poor laborer, the downtrodden native, the homeless family, the persecuted migrant, the unemployed young person, the exploited child, the mother who lost her child in a shootout because the barrio was occupied by drugdealers, the father who lost his daughter to enslavement…. when we think of all those names and faces, our hearts break because of so much sorrow and pain. And we are deeply moved, all of us…. We are moved because “we have seen and heard” not a cold statistic but the pain of a suffering humanity, our own pain, our own flesh. This is something quite different than abstract theorizing or eloquent indignation. It moves us; it makes us attentive to others in an effort to move forward together. That emotion which turns into community action is not something which can be understood by reason alone: it has a surplus of meaning which only peoples understand, and it gives a special feel to genuine popular movements.


What are we hearing about the Pope talking about violence of Drug dealers and human traffickers? This could be a speech given in Detroit?

And as he is wont to do the Pope talks about the persecution of Christians:

The Church, her sons and daughters, are part of the identity of the peoples of Latin America. An identity which here, as in other countries, some powers are committed to erasing, at times because our faith is revolutionary, because our faith challenges the tyranny of mammon. Today we are dismayed to see how in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world many of our brothers and sisters are persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith in Jesus. This too needs to be denounced: in this third world war, waged peacemeal, which we are now experiencing, a form of genocide – I insist on the word – is taking place, and it must end.

Funny the times piece didn’t have that bit in it did they?

And of course there were plenty of other sermons like this one in Paragray

In every sector of society, but above all in public service, there is a need to reaffirm that dialogue is the best means of promoting the common good, on the basis of a culture of encounter, respect and acknowledgment of the legitimate differences and opinions of others. In the effort to overcome a spirit of constant conflict, unity is always better than conflict; convictions born of ideology or partisan interest should blend advantageously with love of the country and its people. That love must be the incentive to increased administrative transparency and unceasing efforts to combat corruption. I know that today there exists a firm desire to root out corruption.

Dear friends, in the desire to serve and promote the common good, the poor and needy have to be given priority of place. Paraguay has done much to advance along the path of economic growth. Important steps have been taken in the areas of education and health care. May all social groups work to ensure that there will never again be children without access to schooling, families without homes, workers without dignified employment, small farmers without land to cultivate, or campesinos forced to leave their lands for an uncertain future. May there be an end to violence, corruption and drug trafficking. An economic development which fails to take into account the weakest and underprivileged is not an authentic development. Economic progress must be measured by the integral dignity of persons, especially the most vulnerable and helpless.

Again the Pope talks about transparency and corruption in Government it’s something he keeps going back to:

I offer a word of encouragement to all who work at this center: to the administrators, the police officials and all the personnel. You carry out a vital public service. You have an important responsibility for facilitating the process of reintegration. It is your responsibility to raise up, not to put down, to restore dignity and not to humiliate; to encourage and not to inflict hardship. This means putting aside a mentality which sees people as “good” or “bad”, and instead trying to focus on helping others. And the mindset of wanting to help each person will also save you from every form of corruption and will improve conditions for everyone. In so doing, it will give us dignity, motivate us, and make us all better people.

and over and over again he talks about what else, but Jesus Christ:

This is the logic of discipleship, it is what the Holy Spirit does with us and in us. We are witnesses of this. One day Jesus saw us on the side of the road, wallowing in our own pain and misery, our indifference. Each one knows his or her past. He did not close his ear to our cries. He stopped, drew near and asked what he could do for us. And thanks to many witnesses, who told us, “Take heart; get up”, gradually we experienced this merciful love, this transforming love, which enabled us to see the light. We are witnesses not of an ideology, of a recipe, of a particular theology. We are not witnesses of that. We are witnesses to the healing and merciful love of Jesus. We are witnesses of his working in the lives of our communities.

Funny the Pope talked about Jesus & Mary in every speech he gave but the words “Jesus” & “Mary” come up with 0 results in a search of that NYT piece.

Well that’s OK after all if we aren’t going to let the NYT spin us on Ellen Pao we’re certainly quite prepared to challenge the NYT spin of the Pope’s words here:

Red Francis Calls Capitalism “Dung of the Devil” …Here Is The Truth

Or perhaps not.

God, please save your Church from this ignorant lunatic.
Red Francis blasted global capitalism in his speeches this week in Latin America.

This is Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit who normally would fact check the NYT if they told him the St. Louis Cardinals played in St. Louis

The Communist pope called capitalism the “dung of the devil.”

Seriously Jim? Not one link to the actual speeches of the Pope not one full paragraph of the Pope taken in context, not one even snarky line about the “Paper of Record” not noticing the Pope talking about the Saints, or Mary or even bothering to say the word “Jesus” once.  Nope, the NYT has spoken so those are the facts.  There is nothing more to be said.

And because nobody is bothering to check the Times not only do we get a bad piece based upon their spin but we get a comments section even worse.[sic]

its like there is strict reuired classes for high up politicians and religious figures. They all spout the same lines about gay communist muslim trance talk.

ok class this is gay communist muslim 101, and im sorry to say that only a quarter of you passed the “how unbelievable fruity can you get” questions, youre going to have to try to be gayer, i mean really stratosphere gay.

you all got the communists need to murder everyone questions, and islam ……well since we cant say “islam” anywhere even in print, you all passed. Just kill everything is pretty much the norm, oh and be gay.

francis however passed the im the gayest and fruityiest polesmoker questions with such swishy flair, im really impressed. Now if we can really place this pillowbiter really high up.

Good job gayest communist muslim francis., youre on your way to fame and fortune.

How many of these people would be up in arms if the Times tried to spin them this way on another issue.

So given this incongruity let me close with one loud expression of frustration:

Am I the only conservative left in the world who sees something seriously wrong here?

I swear stuff like this makes me need another week of PINTASTIC just to recover from it.

Update: Good thing Ted Cruz isn’t the Pope


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