Dear New York Times,
My dearest, fairest, Old Grey Lady. I am sad today. I am sad because all of those Sunday Mornings with my brother and sister-in-law and their 3 sons in the living room of their 2 bedroom co-op in Queens....were wasted. I could have been looking at QUALITY JOURNALISM from sources like the New York Post...or USA Today. Yet, my family defended you...the Old Grey Lady...for it's quality, in-depth, and provocative writing / articles. Articles on DNA, corruption in city government, one-on-one interviews with heads-of-state.
So, as the 2016 race for the White House begins...and the Republican Candidates line up like Rockettes... the New York Times came out strong about a chilling criminal revelation regarding GOP Senator Marco Rubio. They exposed the junior Senator from Florida to be criminal of the highest order....he has a history of TRAFFIC TICKETS!!!
Here is the headline from the New York Times from June 5, 2015.....
County records show Senator Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, have been cited for numerous driving incidents over the years.
How Senator Rubio is even still in office after this revelation is beyond me...4 tickets in his driving career? Shameful....
Wait a minute....Senator Rubio is the same age as I am (for the record, I am 29). I, like Senator Rubio, have a driving record in Florida. Since he has been driving, he has four traffic tickets on his record. Do you know what I call that? 1990!!! I got 4 tickets in 1990 in Florida!!! Can you imagine....what if I were running for President (which I am sure will be the subject of another blog post in the future)? My traffic record alone would be a NATIONAL SCANDAL OF EPIC PROPORTIONS!
So what am I getting at? Well, in a time when the nation is really looking for a change in the political climate....when the country seeks media attention on the issues that govern the electorate....all without demagoguery...I had always hoped that established players, like the New York Times ,would stand out and rescue our country from 30 second sound bite syndrome. And yet, here we are.
To My Old Grey Lady...tell me this was just a one time thing (like drinking Red Bull and Peach Flavored Vodka). Tell me that when I wake up from this bad dream I will see real reporting on real issues that matter in our national political discussion. You guys are above this type of article....you are better than that.
FOR THE RECORD: Because I want Backroom Politics to be considered on the same level as the New York Times, I decided to investigate if Dr. Rand Paul and HIS driving record. I called the Warren County (KY) Clerk of Courts...led by Brandi Duvall. A couple of things...1) the folks at the Warren County (KY) Clerk of Courts are the NICEST PEOPLE...courteous and helpful and 2) Senator Paul has a clean record in Warren County, Kentucky.