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Tense times at the Times and other commentary

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Media watch: Tense Times at the Times

A “tense debate” on a Facebook group for New York Times staffers “provides a window onto the latest racial controversy roiling the paper,” reports The Washington Free Beacon’s Aaron Sibarium. Star science ­reporter Donald McNeil Jr. was “ousted” after staff complained the paper hadn’t punished him enough for using the N-word when responding to a student’s question “about whether one of her classmates should have been suspended for using” the word. A labor reporter pointedly asked what “happened to the notion of worker solidarity.” After the paper’s editor declared the Times doesn’t “tolerate racist language regardless of ­intent,” Sibarium asked 1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones to comment on her use of the N-word on social media. “She responded by posting this ­reporter’s inquiry, including his cell-phone number, on Twitter.”

Iconoclast: The Racism of ‘Anti-Racists’

At Persuasion, John McWhorter explains how the new “Third Wave Anti-Racism” movement is, in fact, neoracist. It “teaches that racism is baked into the structure of society, so whites’ ‘complicity’ in living within it constitutes racism itself,” while “grappling with the racism surrounding them is the totality of experience” for blacks, who thus deserve “exquisite sensitivity,” including “a suspension of standards of achievement and conduct.” Indeed, it’s a sort of religion that “forces us to spend endless amounts of time listening to nonsense presented as wisdom and pretend to like it.” Most demeaningly, it aims to teach his own daughters “that what makes them interesting is what other people think of them or don’t.”

Conservative: The GOP Will Live Another Day

As former President Donald Trump faces trial in the Senate, “the ­Republican Party faces the possibility of a crack-up,” warns Daniel McCarthy at Spectator USA. “The prophets of Republican collapse” predict Trump will “bolt the party and build a new one of his own,” but they forget the “party has defied the most confident predictions of its demise before,” including after Barry Goldwater’s 1964 “landslide defeat” and Watergate. While “divisions within the GOP are irreconcilable,” a new party would hurt both camps. No matter what, “entropy will keep the party and the right alive, though their gains will only be prelude to the next crisis and yet more prophecies of doom.”

From the right: The Promise of a Pro-Worker GOP

America’s major parties have switched roles, observes Christopher Cald­well at The New Republic, with Democrats emerging as “the party of education and prestige” and Republicans increasingly representing the global economy’s losers. Yet “Republicans themselves have been slow to take ­account of this reversal,” ignoring warnings that the party’s proletarian base was underserved and angry until candidate Donald Trump took his famous escalator ride in 2015. Trump’s presidency “worked out well for American workers,” yet too often his administration fell back on Reaganite orthodoxies. But a new generation — Sens. Josh Hawley, Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton — could pick up the mantle of a “working-class party” favoring tight labor markets, opposing Big Tech and other oligarchic powers and maintaining a hawkish line on China and trade. If they survive the next four years, these leaders will ­“embrace the sort of policies Democrats followed when they were the party of the workers and the Republicans the party of the bosses.”

Liberal: Behind 2020’s Gun-Violence Surge

At New York magazine, Jesse Singal examines 2020’s “historic” upturn in murders — 21 percent through September, the FBI reports. Experts blame a “confluence of forces”: “Skyrocketing tension between communities and law enforcement following the killing of George Floyd sparked a second crisis” on top of COVID-19. The pandemic “thinned the ranks of on-duty police” and led to less interaction between cops and communities. Social services — schools, after-school programs, sports — were disrupted. One expert cites “a reduction in proactive policing.” No explanation “points to easy answers.” Even post-pandemic, “it’s not clear what’s going to reverse” gun-violence spikes.

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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Biden’s getting exactly the border crisis he asked for

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A new year, a new president, a return of an old problem: unaccompanied children crossing the border in droves.

Thousands of children — usually older teens, 16 or 17, but Border Patrol agents report increasing numbers of kids younger than 13 — are arriving each month from Central America.

On Thursday, a Customs and Border Protection staffer reportedly told top Biden administration officials to expect a peak of 13,000 unaccompanied minors to cross the border in May — the highest level ever.

“We’re seeing the highest February numbers [that] we’ve ever seen in the history of the [Unaccompanied Alien Child] program,” a Department of Health and Human Services official told Axios.

That’s right: a crisis worse than the one that brought the “kids in cages” backlash under President Donald Trump, and the earlier crises that prompted the building of those “cages” under President Barack Obama.

And it’s a crisis that we and others warned would come, as soon as President Biden started reversing every Trump border policy, even those clearly responsible for producing historic lows in illegal crossers, and returning to Obama policies that first triggered the unprecedented waves of children crossing without family.

Now Biden’s having to reopen shelters to house the kids until the feds can figure out what to do with them — shelters that his usual allies denounced as horrors in the Trump years. Yet, says White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, “There are very few good options here, and we chose the one we thought is best.”

That’s only because her boss already rejected the option of trying to ensure they don’t come here in the first place.

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Letters to the Editor — Feb. 27, 2021

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The Issue: The parole of a man convicted of killing NYPD Officer Harry Ryman in 1980.

The parole of cop-killer Paul Ford is yet another sign that Gov. Cuomo has absolutely no regard for victims’ families (“Slain-cop kin aghast at murderer’s parole,” Feb. 21).

Cuomo has no interest in protecting the residents of New York, as his criminal-justice reforms and handpicked Parole Board members are causing violent criminals to be released onto our streets.

It is time for all New Yorkers to wake up and protect themselves by pushing this ruthless tyrant out of his easy chair.

Nicholas Maffei
Yonkers

Some 20 cop-killers have been released by Cuomo’s moronic and irresponsible Parole Board since 2017, including one who murdered two cops in one incident.

Combine that with the release of the killer of two moms who were slain with their kids in the house, and you have to wonder how board members keep their jobs.

Meanwhile, Cuomo, who appointed them, wrote a book on leadership, which in retrospect is a total joke, even aside from the parole board.

Where is the outrage over this? How is giving hope to murderers serving society? When will they disband this Parole Board?

Niles Welikson
Williston Park

The Parole Board members lack reason and common sense.

This board has released 20 cop-killers since 2017. What an embarrassing record.

This is morally bankrupt, unethical and shows absolutely no compassion or consideration for these police officers’ families.

This time, it’s the killer of Police Officer Harry Ryman, who gave up his life trying to stop three thugs from stealing a neighbor’s car.

These poor families had to suffer without a father, husband or son.

So tell me: How is anyone’s life improved by of the release of another cop-killer?

Mike Pedano
South Farmingdale

Cuomo’s tenure as governor will forever be remembered for the thousands of nursing-home deaths attributed to his incompetence. That is how it should be.

However, the release of cop-killer Paul Ford by a Cuomo-appointed Parole Board is a reminder that the damage done by this politician is far-reaching.

A life sentence has no meaning in a progressive, liberal state. Who could have guessed that some 40 years after the murder of a policeman, the cops would be the bad guys and lowlife scum like Ford would be freed?

Robert Mangi
Westbury

The Issue: A new documentary that details the accusations of sexual abuse against Woody Allen.

I am fuming after reading Andrea Peyser’s column (“Put me on Team Woody — Mia is full of it,” Feb. 22).

The reason why child molestation continues is because people turn a blind eye to the facts.

Let me ask you this — who in their right mind marries their partner’s own child, adopted or not? If you cannot see there is something wrong with that picture, you have blinders on.

There are limited instances where people have falsely accused others of being child molesters in order to gain custody of their children during a divorce or separation.

In the case between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, you have to look at his behavior. I believe the claims are true.

Panagiota Giakoumis
Middleburgh

I never liked Allen or Farrow, so I have no bias in this endless feud, but I’m shocked that anyone could watch the new HBO documentary and not realize that it’s corrupt and dishonest to only tell one side.

Anyone can make another person look bad with lies or exaggerations.

Andrew Nace-Enzminger
Brooklyn

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Democrats’ hot new idea for responsible dialogue is to muscle cable and satellite providers to drop Fox News and other outlets they dislike.

In the runup to a House hearing this week, Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney (both D-Calif.) sent out letters to a dozen providers to silence conservative channels, demanding to know the “ethical or moral principles” behind “disseminating misinformation to millions.”

Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr called out the “concerted effort by Democrats to drive political dissent from the political square.”

Indeed: At the actual hearing, the subcommittee chief, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) gave the real agenda away: “More free speech just isn’t winning the day over the kind of speech that we’re concerned about.”

Sadly, this kind of intimidation works. As lefty Matt Taibbi notes, the last Democratic push for censorship got Facebook and Twitter to go along, with results like their blackout of The Post’s pre-election Hunter Biden scoops.

The government doesn’t have to actually ban speech by law (in violation of the First Amendment) when politicians simply can threaten the private sector into doing their will.

Too bad Taibbi was one of only a few lonely voices on the left to call out this concerted assault on basic democratic freedoms.

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