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With Brexit looming, NYT credibility hardest hit



Steven F. Hayward tweeted, "So, the New York Times is trying to put the Babylon Bee out of business."

He's right.



One of the running gags is that the New York Times runs stories on things it sees as pending disasters from the angle of how it may affect certain groups. "World ends, woman and minorities hardest hit."

Surely its headline writers know this. Its editors should but their abandonment of all appearance of objectivity in the Donald John Trump era is proof they are clueless.

And so it headlined a story by its gender reporter, Alisha Haridasani Gupta, "With Brexit Looming, Experts Worry Women May Be Hit Hardest."

Maybe the copy desk hates her. Maybe the copy desk is run by racists and misogynists. Maybe the copy desk wanted to get back at her for cutting an office donut in half and abandoning one half. Whatever the reason, "women may be hit hardest" is a dog whistle for "this column is stupid." And they labeled it.

("Hit hardest" instead of "hardest hit" maybe a dodge around a computer program that automatically rejects any headline that ends with "hardest hit.")

So what did she write? Exactly what a normal person would expect from a gender reporter.

Gupta wrote, "The new president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has insisted that the time frame is unrealistic. And experts worry that the hurried negotiations will set up a scenario in which Britain either faces another cliff’s edge and leaves abruptly with no deal in hand or ends up with a bare bones deal, the shape of which no one quite knows.

"Both options, however, are expected to drag down the economy and, according to some experts, may end up having a disproportionately negative impact on women."

They are guessing at the outcome of a deal that "no one quite knows."

The guess that whatever happens is bad for the British economy is based on what those opposed to Brexit have been saying for 5 years.

Its unemployment rate was 4.9% when voters decided to leave the EU in June 2016. The latest data has it at 3.8%, as Great Britain has enjoyed its lowest unemployment rate in 46 years.

Thus far, Brexit has boosted the British economy, which is the opposite of what its opponents predicted. While the Brexit has yet to be achieved, if it were bad for the economy, then companies would begin layoffs in preparation for this event.

And yes, JP Morgan moved an office from London to Paris but the decision of one foreign company away from Londonistan (to Paristan) does not a trend make.

Thus far, Brexit has cost only one woman her job: former Prime Minister Theresa May.

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UPDATE: Hayward did a piece at Power Line on the story on Sunday. I missed it. Pretty good piece.

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