NYT Fawns Over ‘Fighting Brexiteers With Logic...Eviscerating Leavers'

NewsBusters | 2/10/2019 | Staff
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New York Times’ reporter David Segal jeered supporters of Brexit, the 2016 vote in which Britain voted narrowly to leave the European Union, with a profile of a London radio host: “The Fame and Folly of Fighting Brexiteers With Logic -- A talk radio host wields facts, eviscerating Leavers and racking up YouTube clicks.”

It seems like a strange story selection, until you remember that mocking Brexiteers and portraying them as ignorant racists has been stock in grade for the New York Times ever since the vote, and the paper wouldn’t miss another go at it.

Segal - Page - Sunday - Business - Brexit

Segal is condescending and snide on the front page of Sunday Business, comparing Brexit voters to suicides, while relishing host O’Brien owning the stupid Leavers.

The talk radio host James O’Brien generally speaks to callers in the calm, resolute tone of a guy working at a suicide prevention hotline. Many of those callers ardently want Britain to leave the European Union, an idea that Mr. O’Brien regards as an economic calamity in the making. To him, the upsides of staying in the union are a matter of irrefutable logic.

Logic - Help - Epic - Confrontations - Listeners

But logic is of surprisingly little help in the epic, quasi-comical confrontations he has with listeners. Typical was a recent exchange with a caller named Julian, who contended that the Tory government had failed to convince the bloc that it was ready to leave without a deal -- a common lament among Brexiteers unhappy with the government’s negotiating tactics.

Not true, Mr. O’Brien countered.

March - European - Union - Deal - Notices

“March 2018, the European Union published 80 ‘no deal’ notices explaining the preparations they were making,” Mr. O’Brien said. “That’s nearly a year ago.”

Julian was unpersuaded. Mr. O’Brien repeated his case, then dropped the placating approach. He raised his voice and brought out the shiv.

“For you to sit here on national...
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