NYT Criticized for ‘Confusingly Sympathetic’ Dershowitz Interview Over McCarthyism at Martha’s Vineyard
Alan Dershowitz being shunned at Martha’s Vineyard has reached the pages of the New York Times. Again.
The Times today ran an interview reporter Jeremy Peters did with Dershowitz, in which Dershowitz continued to air his grievances:
Today the passions are so strong that if I do anything that is perceived as helping Donald Trump, I am an evil conspirator. I go back to the 1950s, when I was one of the few people at Brooklyn College standing up and defending the right of communists to speak and to teach. I hated communism. They would say, “You can’t defend communists. They wouldn’t defend your rights. They would take away your civil liberties.”
At one point he said he’s “enjoying” this and considers it a “red badge of courage.”
Some of the Twitter conversation around it today was over, well, why the Times even bothered to keep this going:
This is a confusingly sympathetic interview with Alan Dershowitz about his Martha’s Vineyard complaints. https://t.co/UpOwdAgm5G
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 7, 2018
Definition of white privilege: Trump rips children from immigrant parents; black people are being shot by police, pretty much everywhere; but @AlanDersh‘s neighbors fail to give him canapés, he awards himself the red badge of courage, and a major newspaper features his struggle.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) July 7, 2018
Wait, the Times has now written a *second* story about Dershowitz's social status on the Vineyard?!?!? https://t.co/3mTvEaogqA
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) July 7, 2018
I love this coverage, because like most Americans, each morning I wake up, my first thoughts turn to Alan Dershowitz.
Is he happy today? What’s his take on the farmers market vibe? Is the local baker making better eye contact? pic.twitter.com/cmIUX1AgY0
— Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) July 7, 2018
Absolutely horrendous NYT interview of Alan Dershowitz defends and parrots his ridiculous claims of mistreatment on Martha’s Vineyard
They did a photo shoot. pic.twitter.com/Wz9rCzHHcs
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 7, 2018
Imagine your first instinct as a journalist being that you should interview Alan Dershowitz about rich people being mean to him
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) July 7, 2018
Hundreds of kids continue to sit in cages this weekend separated from their family, and the New York Times decides to waste staff resources on a ridiculous interview and photoshoot with Alan Dershowitz.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) July 7, 2018
Are you honestly comparing former friends not inviting Dershowitz to private dinners, to Sarah Sanders not being served in a public restaurant?
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) July 7, 2018
Personally I think three quarters of the New York Times’ budget should be devoted to covering Alan Dershowitz getting warm cobbler dumped on his head at Martha’s Vineyard general stores
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) July 7, 2018
Excited to join the growing Alan Dershowitz Is Not Mad Bureau at the New York Times. I'll be supplementing the team's coverage and rounding up the day's coverage on our daily podcast, The Dersh Nozzle.
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) July 7, 2018
The year 2037. Civilization has been snuffed out by nuclear war. Deep inside the bowels of the earth, a reporter approaches an ancient, spectral figure. “Mr. Dershowitz, at last I’ve found you. I’d like to hear more about that summer you were shunned on Martha’s Vineyard.”
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 7, 2018
It’s high time reporters got out of their coastal bubble and talked to some working class voters in coal country about Alan Dershowitz’s social life.
— Eliot Nelson (@eliotnelson) July 7, 2018
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