Former President George W. Bush was the only ex-resident of the White House to show up for events marking the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement milestone of “Bloody Sunday,” but Americans wouldn’t know that from the front page of the country’s “newspaper of record.”
The old Gray Lady’s photo capturing the symbolic march of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., left out Bush and his wife, Laura.
Here is a photo taken from roughly the same vantage point at roughly the same time as the one the NYT used. Note the Bush family in the right.
From @jeffmason1: The Obama family and Bush family join marchers to cross Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. pic.twitter.com/NuMMx4F3XS
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) March 7, 2015
All nice and bipartisan, right? A moment for all Americans to remember the civil rights marchers and their dedication to the cause.
Not quite. Here’s The Times front page.
You cropped out the Bush family? RT @nytimes: On Sunday’s front page of The New York Times http://t.co/wJgNgLvBeHpic.twitter.com/NmNY9rYKyP
— BiasedGirl (@BiasedGirl) March 8, 2015
Now, in The Times defense, there’s no way of knowing whether the Bushes were actually cropped out, or whether the photographer simply zeroed in on the current occupant of the Oval Office and — for the purposes of the photo — kept the field of vision limited enough to keep the ex-president out of view.
Right. But there is a way of knowing that The Times despises Republicans in general and George W. Bush in particular — its coverage of his eight years in the White House was unrestrained venom masquerading as journalism.
So it’s not too much of a stretch for an alert conservative to assume that the omission of the former president was a deliberate move on the part of The Times photo editiors to keep him out of the picture entirely.
And there were many, many alert conservatives watching.
@BiasedGirl @nytimes classic example of media we can trust. Sad that r press has become so slanted and change stories based on politics
— I am who I am (@JRG_ME) March 8, 2015
@BiasedGirl: Looks like you missed the Bush family in your cover photo. @nytimes: I wouldn’t say we ‘missed’ them. pic.twitter.com/NHsT6KS2xE
— John DeWitt (@Shanghaibeast) March 8, 2015
@BiasedGirl Simple rule of Liberal journalism, crop out anything or anyone that goes against the narrative.
— John Frederick (@Jraptor11) March 8, 2015
Did we mention that there were many, many conservatives alert conservatives watching?
Gone viral on Twitter: #NYT trims George and Laura #Bush out of Selma march photo! #Obama propaganda machine again! http://t.co/YuQPOPWErj
— Butch Wright (@Butch1717) March 8, 2015
@mikekreuzer@dougmillsnyt Unfortunate for NYT! if they wanted 2 pretend Bush not there,now twitter has picked it up everyone knows he was!
— pliny the elder (@certoscio2) March 9, 2015
Everyone knows it indeed. Just like everyone knows what The Times really is.
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