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NY Daily News ‘journolists’ launch anti-GOP slander campaign

Written By | Jul 18, 2016

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2016 – Regretfully, though not unexpectedly, the Democrats’ media lapdogs have already begun to prepare the broadcast and print news battlespace prior to the opening of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. This weekend’s opening salvo took the form of a vicious hoax masquerading as an actual news story.

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The phony story was lobbed into narrative by the despicably Alinskyite New York Daily News and was quickly and cleverly amplified by the left-leaning “truth vs. myth” site. Both hyped a clickbait non-story smearing Republican convention planners for an allegedly racist action that never happened. The usual cadre of trolls and “journalists” quickly spread the “news” across social media.

In its piece describing the alleged GOP alleged faux pas initially spread by the News, Snopes said:

The weekend leading up to the Republican National Convention brought news that workers at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland were frantically scrambling to take down banners identifying a bank of “White Elevators” after photographs of the signs hit social media…

This perfectly innocent sign, which we’ve posted at the beginning of this article, was clearly designed to color-code elevators, entryways and exits from the convention floor—just as Washington, D.C., codes its Metro lines. But it was enough to inspire those deviants posing as objective journalists writing for the New York Daily News to fabricate a vicious and obvious hoax, inferentially offering the sign as clear evidence of the party’s obvious racism:

The ‘white’ banners are eerily similar to the signs that once kept America segregated: Everything from bathrooms to restaurant entrances were labeled for “white” and “colored” use until segregation was abolished in 1964.

“Eerily similar”? Really? The News, of course, made no mention of the fact that it was Democrats, not Republicans, who, historically, had thwarted all attempts to pass civil rights legislation from the end of Reconstruction until the mid-1960s. That, no doubt, is an inconvenient truth. But it doesn’t fit with the currently preferred narrative.

After lobbing this cheap, unfounded smear, the Daily News “supported” it by running a black and white photo dating from the 1950s or 1960s that pictures a black man standing near a “Whites Only” restroom sign. The photo, similar to one we’ve posted below, obviously has nothing to do with the story, and the entire alleged kerfuffle is a vicious lie having nothing whatsoever to do with fact-based reportage.

Sign for the "colored" waiting room at a bus station in Durham, North Carolina, 1940. Image via Wikipedia entry on Jim Crow laws. Uncopyrighted government agency photo in collection of Library of Congress)

Sign for the “colored” waiting room at a bus station in Durham, North Carolina, 1940 (Image via Wikipedia entry on Jim Crow laws. Uncopyrighted government agency photo in collection of Library of Congress) deftly managed to debunk the News story while still neglecting to condemn it as false: a brilliant slight of hand. In true Alinsky style, Snopes then deflected the “blame” for the nonexistent scandal back on its GOP victims:

The signs were regarded by viewers as either humorously inadvertent or offensively retro for being reminiscent of Jim Crow-era segregation restrictions that enforced the use of separate (and lesser) facilities by blacks, such as bathrooms, drinking fountains, and waiting rooms. It’s likely the [directional] signs were simply part of a coding system set up to assist convention attendees and workers in getting to particular locations within the venue, but given the charges of racism that have frequently been leveled against presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, the sight of Jim Crow-like signage in the RNC venue (even if it were innocuously intended) is a publicity hit Republicans would prefer to avoid.

“Likely?” “Jim Crow-like signage?” By whose lights? It’s funny that neither the intrepid Daily News reporters hoaxsters nor the systematic fact-checkers at Snopes ever bothered to ask Republican convention planners what the signs were all about or bothered to investigate the use of other directional signs themselves.

The New York Daily News “White Elevators” story was also designed to play into the hands of the paid, professional, bused-in brown shirts that intend to make themselves the story this week, hoping to smack down a post-convention GOP bounce in the polls while intimidating and suppressing pro-Trump and/or pro-GOP voters. Their antics are also intended to steal as much of this week’s news cycle as possible from the GOP.

This whole operation, from media promoters and propagandists to Soros- and SEIU-funded thugs, reminds this writer of 1968. That epic year marked the first time that violent, leftist radicals succeeded in tearing the entire country apart. Since that year, these Marxist dead-enders have never ceased their efforts to destroy American democracy. Now, it looks like many of these same violence-prone radicals—older and more cynical now and egged on behind the scenes by this country’s first anti-American president—are going for an instant replay in 2016.

Terry Ponick

Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Senior Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17