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Concha: NY Times Widens Divide Between Police, Mayor

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By    |   Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 08:53 AM

The New York Times is widening the divide between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York Police Department by taking sides with the city's leader and protesters and against police officers, Mediaite columnist Joe Concha said in a Tuesday opinion piece.

"In a time when a city needs unity more than ever, the paper of record takes sides," Concha said. That's because the newspaper has always been about "putting party over everything else, even if it means attacking a police force in mourning after losing two of its own in the most unsettling terms possible."

The Times has not endorsed a Republican candidate since it backed Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Concha pointed out, even refusing to back Ronald Reagan in 1984 when he was winning 49 of 50 states, including the state of New York.

Concha said the newspaper's latest slam against the police department came in an opinion piece on Tuesday, when the newspaper said the NYPD is playing the role of victim.

“But none of those grievances can justify the snarling sense of victimhood that seems to be motivating the anti-de Blasio campaign — the belief that the department is never wrong, that it never needs redirection or reform, only reverence," The Times piece says.

"How dare the NYPD play the role of victim after two of its officers are executed in broad daylight while sitting it their patrol car in Brooklyn?" Concha commented, accusing the newspaper of only backing protesters when they "agree with its narrative."

"Eric Garner or Michael Brown protesters: Peaceful, justice-seeking," said Concha. "NYPD protesters: Snarly. Passive-aggressive."

He pointed out that the newspaper also said the police department is undermining its credibility and shredding its respect with "acts of passive-aggressive contempt and self-pity" and accused it of hijacking the funeral of fallen police officer Rafael Ramos for "their own petty look-at-us gesture" when officers outside turned their backs on de Blasio.

But The Times did not take offense with de Blasio's advice to his biracial son about being wary of the police department, and it does not think de Blasio should be shunned by the NYPD or take any responsibility for the tension he created, said Concha.

However, Concha said that he doesn't think the NYPD and union President Patrick Lynch are blameless, especially after Lynch said de Blasio had "blood on his hands" following the deaths of Ramos and fellow officer Wenjian Liu, who were shot dead in their cruiser in Brooklyn.

But de Blasio has "few allies, and rightly so," said Concha, noting that while he won with 72 percent of the vote last year, his approval ratings had dropped by 25 points even before the deaths of Ramos and Liu.

He did gain one ally, though, said Concha, in The Times, "whose timing is about as poor as its moral compass."

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