The week in whoppers: Randi Weingartens chutzpah, The Gray Ladys revisionism and more
Diary of disturbing disinformation and dangerous delusions:
We say: The Times has been waging “war on history” ever since its “1619 Project” (slammed as factually inaccurate by historians on the left and right) claimed “a primary reason the colonists fought the American Revolution was to protect the institution of slavery.” Now it’s pretending that moves to resist such bogus claims are racist. Worse, it’s perversely comparing such efforts to Russian laws that ban criticism of USSR atrocities. It’s revisionism — about the Gray Lady’s own revisionism.
“We’re actually seeing a decline in homicides and shootings.”
— Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, June 25, 2021
We say: So far this year, 1,587 people were shot in the Windy City, nearly 200 more than last year at this time, the Chicago Tribune reports. And though “only” 317 were killed, compared with 302 last year, homicides in 2020 were already up 55 percent over 2019. Some “decline.”
We say: Randi Weingarten gives new meaning to the word “chutzpah.” For more than a year amid the pandemic, teachers unions across America fought successfully to keep schools closed, even as scientists said they’re not significant COVID spreaders. Yet now the American Federation of Teachers boss is claiming the opposite? Please.
— NBC News, July 1
We say: Arizona’s voting laws may be “restrictive,” but only because they aim to “restrict” fraudulent ballots — namely, those submitted by someone other than the voter (with some exceptions) or outside one’s home precinct. And, notably, the justices cited a lack of evidence that the laws have a disparate impact on minorities. “None of the individual voters called by the plaintiffs had even claimed that the ballot collection restriction ‘would make it significantly more difficult to vote,’ ” the court noted.
“The ‘Recovery Budget’ . . . will drive economic growth in every neighborhood.”
— Mayor de Blasio, June 30, on the adoption of the city’s 2021-22 budget
We say: Drive economic growth? Ha! Growth of government, maybe. The billions de Blasio keeps adding to Gotham’s municipal bottom line, at an even faster pace post-pandemic, shift resources (like workers) away from the private sector, slowing economic growth. Meanwhile, his budget will leave a mind-boggling $12 billion gap through 2025, and that’s if tax revenues stay strong — a huge “if.”
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
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