The second largest daily major newspaper announced today, New Year’s Day, its new editorial policy.
Nothing about standing up to fake news. Not in a state that gave us the hijinks of still Republican Governor Chris Christie and Bridgegate.
No. The Record of Hackensack, just sold by its longtime family owners to the Gannett Corporation, comes out today in favor of “social justice” and “reproductive choices” and “gender identity”. Of course, each term involves modifying adjectives which negate the meaning of their subsequent subject.
The editorial also announced there would be no “sacred cows.” Except, naturally, those of the Far Left. This is why the Record took particular glee in attacking the Boy Scouts of America just days ago when it published the sob story of the purported transgender eight year old Cub Scout who was kicked out of her Secaucus, NJ troop because, well, she is not a boy.
The Record, no doubt showing its commitment to family values (defined, perhaps, as any values against families and children) and the privacy of young children, published the child’s transgender — that is, the male — name of the child. This eight year old avant garde crusader remains a girl and was, at least in the middle of last year, shown in social media pictures as a girl (she is clearly the same child now pictured in the Record!). She was even quoted in one newspaper account in 2015 with her female name. As a seven year old. But none of that is to be questioned now.
Not in the name of investigative journalism.
Evidently the Record believes that certain self styled rights, in the name of a progressive agenda, trump the basic dignity and privacy of a young second grader whose parents may well be grossly irresponsible or angling to cash in on either a lawsuit or some form of attendant publicity — assuming of course that they haven’t already been paid to create this story in the first place.
Those rights also trump traditional notions of investigative journalism where facts might, well, make a difference.
I theorized that the Left helped elect Donald Trump with its incessant sanctimonious preaching about a new morality and accompanying arrogance to do so in all corners of civil society — including our workplaces, our courts, our government and particularly in the news media and dominant popular culture — to which much of the country had a visceral reaction and, in enough swing states, rejected this subculture aggression.
Now I have a new theory. Perhaps the election of Donald Trump has driven the Left to a new extreme, not out of arrogance but out of desperation. Meaning, it is rushing to mark its territory, pour cement in the foundation and build its vision of a utopia, before the metaphoric barbarians storm the gates and burn everything to the ground.
As for the Record, it is becoming 2017’s first Exhibit A in what happens to a media organization desperate for revenue and which is willing to abandon both time honored investigative news gathering practices and traditional values of its audience in order to pander to a numerically and ideological narrow sliver of the audience.
The Record’s audience should respond by clicking elsewhere.
Here’s their New Year’s Day editorial credo.