Dust Raking

Stop the presses! Liberal journos donate to Democrats! Plus: N.Y.C. protesters spark mad tab disease

The latest Newsoutburst follows a July 12 front page with a scarehead that could have run in the days of the Palmer raids: "Anarchy Threat to City." This time, it was Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly himself who fanned the tabby flames. "These hard-core groups are looking to take us on," Kelly told the News. "They have increased their level of sophistication and violence." The alleged evidence comes from advisories on the Internet, such as dousing yourself with the scent of gunpowder and entering a subway car. If a police dog "alerts on your scent, do not leave or resist," wrote one virtual hellion. "You can bet that the train will not be going anywhere for a long time."

Omahgod!

Unnoticed by the News, though not by the New York Civil Liberties Union, is the possible police infiltration of protest groups without "strong evidence of criminal activity." (The NYPD has "no comment" about that, noted an April 10 Newsdaypiece.) But the Newswas more interested in the "Trail of Global Mayhem" leading to Manhattan. The most likely explanation for this deep dander is Post envy—as in out-tabbing the competition. How ironic that New York's paleo-con paper ran editorials supporting the right of protesters to gather in Central Park. As editor Col Allan puts it, "The Post believes First Amendment rights are more important than green grass."

As Cindy Adams might put it, even more quaintly, "Only in New York, kids." Or in this case, only in the New York Daily News.

Research: Matthew Phillp


Deconstructions: rpgoldstein@yahoo.com

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