Saturday, March 24, 2007

The New York Times Discovers "The Jersey Guys"

...and without even taking a breath, spits out their disdain for the state's highest-rated radio daytime talk duo:

Craig Carton and Ray Rossi think mental illness is hilarious and Asian-Americans are best mocked with sing-song Chinese accents. The men, hosts of an afternoon radio show called “The Jersey Guys” that is heard here on WKXW (101.5 FM), favor adjectives for politicians that have to be bleeped out.

The Times needs to discredit our locals, because they dared to use the public airwaves to express opinions in opposition to those found on their editorial pages:

Two weeks ago, Mr. Carton and Mr. Rossi started “Operation Rat a Rat/La Cucha Gotcha,” a listener-participation game that encourages people to turn in friends, neighbors and “anyone suspicious” to
immigration authorities.
They introduced the segment with mariachi music and set the campaign to end on May 5 (Cinco de Mayo), a well-known Mexican holiday.

Well, what is wrong with that? Why shouldn't people be encouraged to notify the authorities when they are in the presence of lawbreakers? Oh, I see - because it is a law that the Times feels shouldn't be enforced. The only thing that should be enforced, according to their mindset, is higher taxes levied against the likes of middle class New Jerseyans like yours truly - taxes that are deployed to give benefits to illegal immigrants within the state that even I, a law-abiding citizen, cannot enjoy.

Then the Times tries to drum up an imaginary outcry against the Jersey Guys, but finds only one supplicant stupid enough to do their bidding:

Here in
New Jersey, where 15 percent of the population is Hispanic, reaction to the show has not exactly been positive.
“Scapegoating and stereotyping Latinos does nothing but give bigoted individuals a platform to make ethnic slurs and racist comments,” said Assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo of Newark, calling the campaign a “publicity stunt” that could incite violence against Hispanics.

Sounds like Caraballo has been reading from the CAIR handbook - protect criminals by accusing those whom would pursue them of imaginary, uncommitted crimes.
And alas, the Times could find no justice, no solace, no groveling when the Jersey Guys held a news conference:

But anyone expecting an apology was sorely disappointed when Mr. Carton and Mr. Rossi held an on-air news conference a few hours after Mr. Caraballo’s comments. Seeking to profit from the recently ignited firestorm, the Jersey Guys gathered a corps of journalists, most of them Hispanic, in their Trenton studios and gleefully refused to back down.

After calling Assemblyman Caraballo a “pathetic liar,” Mr. Carton repeated his call to deport every illegal immigrant in the country. “If you’re here illegally, you are breaking the law — no better, no worse than the guy who robs the liquor store or the guy who waits to case your house out and robs you of your belongings,” he said. “You are a criminal.”

He went on to blame illegal immigrants for the state’s high property taxes, problems with uninsured drivers and violent crime....

Seems as if the Times is trying to make the Guys look crazy. But they're not - they're right about the effects of unbridled illegal immigration into the state. The Times offers no evidence to counter Carton's comments, only snide inferences (like "seeking to profit")- the last resort of a man (or paper) that has lost the argument. They essentially admit it here:

Judging from the cascade of congratulatory calls, the men have tapped into an angry vein in the state, where, according to 2005 census figures, 20 percent of all residents are foreign born, the third highest rate in the country. “This is an invasion,” said one caller, Carmen Perez, who said she had come to this country as a 3-year-old. “I would deport most of them.”

They end off this hatchet-type journalism by warning vaguely about the retributive forces of "Hispanic anger". But the Times, who calculates all things on race, is assuming that all Latinos think alike. What about the unfairness to those Hispanics who came to this country via a tortuous immigration system, worked hard, followed the rules, and got resident status/citizenship? How supportive are they of those who try to skip the line by taking an illegal route into this country? Why does the Times assume these honest Americans will stick up for the cheaters and liars, just because they are from the same hemisphere? This is a racial calculation by the Times, and one that will not hold up as real-life events unfold....

The very fact that the Jersey Guys have driven state officials and politicians into blinding fits of rage is a good thing in a place where virtually no public officials are held accountable for their actions. We support the Guys and 101.5 here, and praise their unwillingness to back down to the media or race-hustlers like Caraballo. Don't give up the fight!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It infuriates me that the Times would write this piece as a hatchet-job, with little to no attempt to portray both sides of the issue - although while the Times does at least have the decency to quote Carton's rebuttal of race-baiting loser Assemblyman Caraballo, they do so with a sneer of contempt.

I would love to know who put the TImes onto this story - there is no way in hell they would have "discovered" this news all by themselves; they are clueless to anything that happens west of the Hudson River. No doubt, a few well-placed phone cals from New Jersey liberals (politcans? pressure groups? Does it matter?) got them the negative press (for the Jersey Guys)that they were looking for; I am sure this article has been used by "advocacy groups" to show them that the Times supports their pro-illegal immigrant cause.
Would love to hear from Andrew Jacobs, author of this tripe.