April 29, 2012
The New York Times’ War on Police
Especially Commisioner Ray Kelly
Accuracy in Media - At The New York Times annual meeting on April 25, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Arthur Sulzberger Jr. denied that his paper was waging a war on the New York City Police Department and its commissioner, Ray Kelly. The denials are not convincing.The Times has an axe to grind, Ray Kelly appeared in The Third Jihad and The Times would have none of that calling it "Islamophobic"
As I arrived in New York City for the annual meeting, the reason for the recent intensity of this campaign became apparent. Other papers were full of stories about how Kelly, who is very popular with city residents, is being pushed by New York City Republican officials to run for mayor.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Kelly’s job approval rating is at 77%, while his 63% favorability rating among city voters was “by far the highest of anyone considering a mayoral run next year.”
The Times is determined to do something about that. On the same day as the annual meeting, the Times published a puff piece on how New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the leading Democrat for the office, could become the city’s first homosexual mayor. The paper happily reported that, on May 19, Quinn will marry her girlfriend, Kim M. Catullo.
The paper added, “This year began with the revelation that a film offensive to Muslims, which included an interview with Mr. Kelly, had been shown to many officers.”A few days I posted about The Muslim Brotherhood smearing Dr Jasser, the narrator of the film, on Twitter. Sadly, some anti-jihad or #waronislam twits are also after Dr Jasser. He is a staunch believer of reform and the separation of "Mosque and State". Not good enough for these twits.
The latter reference is to the film that Rusty Weiss covered in his recent special report for AIM, “Journalism, Jihad and The New York Times.” At the annual meeting, Sulzberger defended a series of articles and an opinion piece that distorted the nature of the film “The Third Jihad” and attacked Kelly for appearing in it. The Times complained that the film, which highlights the threat posed by radical Islam, should not have been shown to police officers as part of their police training.
In fact, the film is narrated by a Muslim and is only offensive to radical Muslims, the kind that associate with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), linked to the terror group Hamas. It was CAIR and the George Soros-funded Brennan Center for Justice that ginned up the controversy over the film.