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On Aug. 12, The New York Times published what The New York Times does best: a smear of conservatives in which they're attached to a national travesty. This time the headline was "How the El Paso Killer Echoed the Incendiary Words of Conservative Media Stars."
The online article was illustrated with quotes from Rush Limbaugh, "Hannity," Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and Boris Epshteyn of the Sinclair TV stations.
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In the newspaper, it was on page one, front and center under the shorter headline "How the El Paso Gunman Echoed the Words of Right-Wing Pundits." It is part of a series called "The New Nativists: A Shared Vocabulary."
The team of five reporters who wrote the article boasted, "An extensive New York Times review of popular right-wing media platforms found hundreds of examples of language, ideas and ideologies that overlapped with the mass killer's written statement — a shared vocabulary of intolerance that stokes fears centered on immigrants of color."
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They couldn't actually prove this conspiracy theory. "It remains unclear what, or who, ultimately shaped the views of the white, 21-year-old gunman, or whether he was aware of the media commentary," they wrote. But The Times energetically merged the two and called it "investigative journalism."
Reporter Jeremy Peters explained on Twitter that this story idea began with one of the newspaper editors asking about the "pervasiveness of language that dehumanizes and demonizes immigrants." The reporters never consider that on a daily basis — including in this very piece — their newspaper "dehumanizes and demonizes" conservatives.
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The Times brigade was especially appalled by conservative media stars' using the term "invasion" to describe the influx at the southern border. Limbaugh explained that "invasion" describes the left's strategy...
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