NYT Bashes Boris Johnson, 'Virtually Cultlike Certititude' of Brexit Embrace

www.newsbusters.org | 7/11/2019 | Staff
abbycraig (Posted by) Level 3
The New York Times does not like British Conservative politician Boris Johnson, and certainly not his Brexit cause, and makes little attempt to hide it, even in its news coverage (and forget about the opinion section).

Reporter Stephen Castle’s coverage of the debate between conservatives Johnson and Jeremy Hunt over who would become the Conservative Party’s new leader (and in effect the next Prime Minister of Great Britain): “Hunt Asks Britain’s Conservatives to Ignore His Rival’s Theatrics.” The text box to Wednesday’s story was a pitch for Johnson’s more staid, and formerly anti-Brexit rival Hunt: “Running as a man of reason against a longtime showman.”

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His shirt sleeves rolled up, Britain’s foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, bounded into the hall, ignored the lectern and headed straight to the front of the stage to make his pitch that he should lead the country out of its paralyzing Brexit maze.

But right from the start, Mr. Hunt was playing catch-up. He is one of two candidates to be Britain’s next prime minister, and his rival and predecessor as foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, had already won cheers from this audience with his crowd-pleasing, pro-Brexit bombast. And, earlier, Mr. Johnson had grabbed eye-catching headlines by claiming that he would beat Mr. Hunt in a naked mud-wrestling contest.


The two men are competing for the votes of about 160,000 Conservative Party members, who will choose a new leader, and prime minister, next month, as the Conservatives hold a working majority in Parliament. They faced off directly on Tuesday night, in a televised debate that the foreign secretary had pressed for to make his case.


After considerable deliberations, Mr. Johnson decided to campaign for Brexit in the 2016 referendum. That cause is embraced with virtually cultlike certitude by almost all Conservative members now, and Mr. Johnson has doubled down, promising to leave...
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