The old Gray M̶a̶r̶e̶ Lady, she ain’t what she used to be.

Gotta love the New York Times!

Last night this tweet went viral:

This morning, the New York Times corrected its online story, but too little, too late.

Screen shots are FOREVER!

If you think that the Gray Lady is still the most venerable of newspapers, think again.  How that particular blooper got by the editor is indeed a head scratcher.  And, yet, that wasn’t the worst journalistic faux pas committed by the New York Times this week.

On Saturday, the Times reported in Rubios on the Road Have Drawn Unwanted Attention, that a review of traffic violations committed by Marco Rubio and his wife “dating back to 1997 shows that the couple had a combined 17 citations:  Mr. Rubio with four and his wife with 13.  On four separate occasions they agreed to attend remedial driving school after a violation.”

OMIGOD, this is NEWS?

Even US News & World Report smacked the New York Times over this non-story.

The New York Times, presumably one of the best sources of journalism the U.S. has to offer, has opted to spend reporters’ time and newspaper ink on an utterly insignificant and petty topic: the four – count ’em, four! – traffic citations Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio has gotten, going back to 1997. That’s less than one every four years, for the math-challenged. And they were not anything shocking – no DWIs or driving a car into a plate glass storefront or mimicking one of those high-speed stunts featured in TV commercials with the warning: do not attempt. Nope, these were just your garden variety traffic violations, caught not by a human-being police officer, but a red light camera, cash-strapped municipalities’ own version of a drone.

The driving record of Ms. Rubio – who does not hold elected office, does not drive a school bus and is not running for president – was described as “even messier” than that of the Florida senator.

I’m all for vetting presidential candidates, examining their records and their character (as long as “character” is not used as a lame justification for voyeurism or unwarranted invasion of privacy). But seriously? Traffic tickets?

Yeah, traffic tickets. What’s next?

Not one mention by the New York Times about the undeniably looniest politician on either side of the aisle, Alan Grayson (who happens to be a Democrat), who caused a horrific car accident on March 12, 2012, when he ran a red light and drove his Mercedes into a bus on his way to a fundraiser.  Two people were injured.

Before that accident, Grayson had nine traffic tickets since 1995, according to the Sunshine State News, “which ranged from speeding to littering to “improper backing” — resulted in fines and, in one case, enrollment at traffic school.”

The article also reported, “With airbags on Grayson’s 2009 Mercedes deploying in the crash, the vehicle had to be towed from the scene with what observers called ‘significant damage.'”

Alan Grayson Hits Bus

Ya think?

Michelle Malkin columnist Doug Powers reported, “The vocal Occupy Wall Street supporter was driving a Mercedes Benz, car of choice for the discerning member of the 99 percent.”

But, according to the mainstream media … crickets.

The New York Times is at it again in its full scale attack on Marco Rubio.  Today, the newspaper is reporting his “struggles with finances,” denouncing his purchase of an $80,000.00 “luxury speedboat.”

While it should be noted that the 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class that Alan Grayson smashed into a bus cost him between $89,350 and $147,450 … no, wait.  We can’t mention that.

But, maybe this?  

Oh, wait.  Scratch that.  Never mind.

As reported:

From the Times:

For years, Senator Marco Rubio struggled under the weight of student debt, mortgages and an extra loan against the value of his home totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. But in 2012, financial salvation seemed to have arrived: A publisher paid him $800,000 to write a book about growing up as the son of Cuban immigrants.

In speeches, Mr. Rubio, a Florida Republican, spoke of his prudent plan for using the cash to finally pay off his law school loans, expressing relief that he no longer owed “a lady named Sallie Mae,” as he once called the lender.

But at the same time, he splurged on an extravagant purchase: $80,000 for a luxury speedboat, state records show. At the time, Mr. Rubio confided to a friend that it was a potentially inadvisable outlay that he could not resist. The 24-foot boat, he said, fulfilled a dream.

So he wrote a book and then paid off his debt and bought a boat? Stop the presses!

But it gets worse. After years of financial struggle, now the Rubios are saving money, too:

The Rubios have taken steps to stabilize their finances in recent years, aided primarily by proceeds from his two books. Since 2012, they have started college savings accounts for his four children, put away at least $150,000, given $60,000 to charity and refinanced the mortgage on their primary home to lower the monthly payments.

Best response ever?

Gee, I wonder what that was all about.

Oh, wait.  Never mind.  Scratch that.


Of all the Republicans who have thrown their hat into the crowded field of contenders, do you wonder that Marco Rubio is the only one under attack by the so-called mainstream media?

I don’t. 

Neither does Hugh Hewitt.

That about sums it up.

I have not yet decided who I will vote for in the GOP primary in March.  I’ve always liked Marco Rubio, but there’s still plenty of time to ponder.

In the meantime, although I will continue to write about fraud and corruption in North Miami, North Miami Beach and surrounding communities (surprises in store!), from time to time I do intend to write about the presidential election.

But more importantly, I fully intend to point out the bias and hypocrisy from the mainstream media.

I do know, however, that somewhere out there on the campaign trail, Marco Rubio is grinning.

And so am I.  😆

Stephanie Kienle
“Spreading the Wealth”

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  1. NMBlady says:

    If Rubio becomes president he won’t be driving. It’s so easy.


    1. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      As one tweeter already pointed out, of course Hillary Clinton doesn’t have traffic tickets. She hasn’t driven a car since before Marco was born.

      Then again, the MSM wouldn’t report it even if she did have any, so that’s a moot point.


  2. Ricardo says:

    Ethical journalism is an endangered species, Stephanie. At least in MSM.
    The NYT has turned into a worthless rag with zero integrity, ethics or even common decency.

    Real journalism only survives in blogs like this one, run by concerned citizens like you.


    1. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      Thanks, Ricardo. I appreciate your vote of confidence.


  3. Ricardo says:

    By the way, if you want to compete against NYT (snark, snark) you could write about traffic violations in North Miami/ NMB.

    For example, it looks like a Code Inspector crashed the city’s car today in Keystone Point.


    1. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      OMG! Infinitely bloggable!

      Yeah, right LOL!


  4. bill says:

    “If you think that the Gray Lady is still the most venerable of newspapers, think again. How that particular blooper got by the editor is indeed a head scratcher. And, yet, that wasn’t the worst journalistic faux pas committed by the New York Times this week.”

    Steph, do you check any of this stuff before you post it? That headline about the pitcher is NOT from the NYT. It’s from a newspaper in Oregon.



    1. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      I’m so glad I could make you feel better about yourself by putting me down. Much obliged.

      Of course you ignored the real story about how the MSM attacks Republicans but gives Dems a pass. Like you just did. SMH!


  5. bill says:

    Not ignoring anything. Simply pointing out the delicious irony of you calling out the NYT for getting stuff wrong when you can’t even get your facts straight. By the way, I’ll be following up on this post later by naming the racist, right wing blogger


    1. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      So now you’re calling me a racist? Nice. I guess when all else fails, pull out the handy, dandy race card.

      So sad. I used to respect you. I guess I was wrong about that, too.


    2. 67Ponycar says:

      Did I read that correctly? Did this guy just write “delicious irony”? This is another blogger delighting about this? The word “petty” doesn’t even begin to describe it. bill, I think you just got your man card revoked.


  6. […] I criticized the New York Times in my last column, that really, really, really  ticked off the Random Pixels […]


  7. Jim Tracton says:

    I do not want to read about the New York Times. I do not even like New York


  8. Michigan marauder says:

    Years ago a front-page headline writer for the NY Post or NY Daily News was interviewed on C-SPAN. Asked what was the favorite headline he wrote (or maybe the best received), he said it was this:

    “Headless body
    In topless bar”


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