Colonna: Did New Jersey Democracy Die in Darkness?


In The Washington Post, when Democrats are unceremoniously kicked out of office, it can only mean one thing. Democracy died in the dark.

Take Stephen Sweeney, the powerful Democratic leader of the New Jersey state Senate. Absolutely no one thought he would lose to a Republican who was a truck driver who had a small electoral treasury.

Paul Farhi, a veteran media reporter from the Send, he diagnosed the problem in a story titled “How the Media Lost Racist Social Media Posts of a New Jersey Senate Candidate – Until He Already Won.” A more accurate headline would be “How the Media Couldn’t Help a Democrat Win (Because No One Thought He Would Lose)”.

Farhi insisted that Ed Durr “had a history of posting bigoted, misogynistic and derogatory comments on social media.” Like what? None of Durr’s tweets were quoted in full by Farhi, and Durr quickly deleted his Twitter account, so it lacks a lot of context.

1. “Muhammad was a pedophile!” tweeted in 2019 in a tweet and also described Islam as “A false religion” Other “A cult of hate”.

Muhammad, according to Islamic writings, married a six-year-old girl bride. But the Post seems upset that Islam is being criticized: is it “racist” or “fanatic” to say that there is a “false religion”? Muslims believe other faiths are false, to put it mildly. Christians believe other faiths are false. That’s why they have their own faiths. “Cult of hate” is tough, but it sounds pretty close to how the Post describes diehard Trump fans.

2. Durr called the coronavirus “the Chinese virus.

So it is “racist” to identify the virus where it originated from. Reporters started the pandemic by saying “Wuhan virus” and so on, until they were told it was racist, and then they became adamant that no one could insult Communist China for losing a deadly pandemic in the world.

3. Durr blamed for “influx of #illegalAliens“To spread disease.

The send thinks it’s racist to worry about immigrants flooding the border without coronavirus screening. It’s the only time liberals seem to get incredibly dismissive of COVID. It is also considered “racist” to say “illegal aliens”.

4. This is both “bigoted” and “misogynistic”, it seems. Durres “Denigrated Vice President Harris on Facebook, writing that she had earned her position only because of race and gender.”

Anyone with political drive knows that the left-wing Democratic Party base has asked Biden to name a black woman. So apparently mortal sin is using the word “only” here. But if Kamala Harris were a white man named Karl, the other attributes wouldn’t matter either.

Farhi explained that a database search found that no one looked at Durr’s social media statements in any of his campaigns in 2017, 2019, and 2021. He also complained that the media in Southern New Jersey is being gutted by the media. economic trends.

But he also noted that powerful Senator Sweeney failed to research his opposition. “Journalists often rely on harmful information leaks,” he wrote. Yes, especially if both the journalist and the candidate are Democrats, as often happens.

The send he didn’t seem to think otherwise. If Sweeney had won easily, they would not have presented any stories complaining about the decimated media in South Jersey. They would never find a questionable tweet from the dark Ed Durr.

But with this lament, they told us they can’t imagine voters making a decision without strong media influence, and the decision to dump a powerful Democrat is somehow a failure of local journalism.


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