The competition between corporate media outlets to outdo one another in maintaining the Democratic narrative led to The New York Times exploring new lows Friday when, after a reported attempted assault against Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), perceived by many as an assassination attempt, he and his allies were framed as the villains.
True to the soft-on-crime policies that progressives have plagued their cities with, shortly after the suspect, 43-year-old David Jakubonis, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault against Zeldin during a stop for the congressman’s gubernatorial campaign, the man was released due to New York’s bail laws. As reported earlier, the lawmaker vowed to reform the system that allowed offenders back on the street after having predicted that exact outcome with regard to Jakubonis.
In response, the Times saw fit to run an article entitled “G.O.P. Assails N.Y. Bail Laws After Suspect in Zeldin Attack Is Released,” where immense strides were taken to downplay the alleged assault while painting the suspect as something of a victim.
“I guess this is the new pouncing and seizing?” NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck suggested the trope “Republicans pounce.”
"G.O.P. Assails N.Y. Bail Laws."
I guess this is the new pouncing and seizing? pic.twitter.com/WNGbPg4TTx
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) July 22, 2022
Lee Zeldin was almost assassinated. So, naturally, the New York Times phrases the attempted murderer being released early as "Republicans pounce" pic.twitter.com/DlprTnkeAe
— Tadeusz Mrozek, UMBC '25 (@TadeuszMrozek2) July 22, 2022
Republicans pounce on leniency toward dude who pounced on Republican. https://t.co/m8GvNZTlZp
— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) July 22, 2022
“Republicans wasted little time in claiming that the attack — and Mr. Jakubonis’s release — demonstrated the failure of the bail law enacted by Democrats in recent years,” the article described. “And they sought to use it to press an advantage in New York congressional races, as well.”
The piece contended, “An attempted assault on Representative Lee Zeldin, the Republican candidate for governor of New York, inflamed a fierce debate over the state’s public safety laws on Friday, hours after a man accused of charging the candidate with a pointed weapon was released without bail,” and stipulated Zeldin “and his allies argued on Friday that the episode viscerally drove home the need to increase policing and tighten New York’s bail laws to make it easier for judges to hold people charged with certain crimes.”
Meanwhile, they minimized the threat posed to Zeldin by describing the weapon as “a pointed plastic self-defense tool shaped like the face of a cartoon cat” before later quoting the suspect as saying, “The ears are plastic, but I guess they’re sharp,” and stating he “slowly approached [Zeldin].”
Meanwhile, even the White House could read the room on the attempted assault and released a statement from President Joe Biden to “condemn the attack on Congressman Zeldin in the strongest terms” adding his gratitude “for the courage of those who immediately intervened…I also want to thank the law enforcement officers who quickly took action and are investigating this attack that defies our fundamental democratic values.”
That one conveniently escaped the watchful eye of the Times staff as Florida Health Department press secretary Jeremy Redfern pointed out the inherent hypocrisy of referring to the attempted assault as an “incident” considering even the president saw this as an “attack on democracy.”
So, this wasn’t an attack on democracy?
— Jeremy Redfern (@JeremyRedfernFL) July 22, 2022
There’s so much wrong with this headline.
— Bill Dumais (@BillDumaisCT) July 22, 2022
The assailant in this case is not the GOP.
— matt dooley (@mdooley) July 22, 2022
“Researchers say and data shows that there is no evidence the law is responsible for the recent rise in certain crimes across the state,” the Times presented in careful language before admitting recidivism has in fact risen, only further heightening the absurdity of their article.
The NYTIMES is a joke and should NEVER be taken seriously.
— Jim Ignatowski (@JimIgnatowski4) July 22, 2022
They are pathetic
— Give Me Tacos or Give Me Death (@Gen_Taco) July 22, 2022
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