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Elitist New York Times takes a swipe at Sen. Bob Menendez

Unless you subscribe to their liberal and elitist world view, the New York Times doesn't care what party you're in.

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

The NYT's Elitist Bias Against Menendez

The New York Times' editorial board claims it wants U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to relinquish his post as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee due to the unsubstantiated ethics allegations being launched against him.

However, The New York Times' problem with Senator Menendez has nothing to do with unsubstantiated ethics allegations, it has to do with its elitist opposition to Menendez's foreign policy views.

Case and point -- the first sentence of the editorial:

"Senator Robert Menendez was never a distinguished choice for chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the position he ascended to this month by virtue of seniority."

For The New York Times, Senator Menendez has never been "distinguished" enough because he doesn't stem from Manhattan's elitist foreign policy community.

You know, from the cocktail party circuit that has endlessly feted the Castros, Arafats and Assads of this world.

Instead, Senator Menendez -- the son of a carpenter and a seamstress that valued their freedom in the U.S. -- has historically challenged the world's most brutal dictators, whether from the left or the right.

He's a tireless champion of human rights defenders and courageous pro-democracy activists -- from Iran to Cuba.

Moreover, he doesn't believe in unilateral concessions to America's foes.

This is a man who has guided three major foreign policy bills on Iran in the last 13 months.

This stands in stark contrast to The New York Times, whose editorial board staunchly advocates for engagement with Iran's mullahs and normalized relations with Cuba's Castro brothers.

Thus, it clearly wants Senator Menendez out of its way.

5 comments to Elitist New York Times takes a swipe at Sen. Bob Menendez

  • Jorge Ponce

    When it comes time to garner votes in the U.S. Congress to maintain a hardline policy against Cuba, Senator Bob Menendez has always been on the side of those who want freedom and democracy for the Caribbean Island. The New York Times resents Senator Menendez' position on Cuba, and this is why they criticize him so harshly now to derail him from keeping the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Those knowledgeable about Washington, DC politics understand that to get things done is not so much about party affiliation, but about confluence of interests. Thanks to Alberto and Mauricio for being on the right side of this argument.

    • "Thanks to Alberto and Mauricio for being on the right side of this argument."

      Hell will freeze over and pigs will fly before I defend a Democrat again. Regardless of his one correct stance.

  • asombra

    The NYT is not so much elitist as perverse, malicious and drunk on hubris. As I’ve said, if Menendez is derailed or goes down, it will be first and foremost because of his position on Cuba, which runs against the liberal/leftist grain big time. Nobody on the left gives a shit about sexual impropriety, not even manic sexual addiction, unless it involves somebody from the opposing side. This situation is simply a way to remove or neutralize Menendez in order to “liberalize” Cuba policy. They’re all salivating at the prospect, and the NYT was bound to be out front helping to lead the charge. Besides, no matter how PC a Cuban-American may be, he or she will never be truly respected or seen as an equal by the liberal establishment, only used as a “good little Cuban.” If Menendez thought his otherwise impeccably liberal record would protect him, he was fooling himself.

  • asombra

    Here's the memo: Menendez bad, but Roman Polanski OK.

  • asombra

    Don't know if Fidel loved NY, but he definitely loved the NYT, and for good reason.