NY Times is Tired of Getting it Wrong About Andrew Yang

https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1389215687399415813

Fun Tweet.

Here's an excerpt from their detailed explanation of the opposition Yang has faced and Why.

"The rise of Mr. Yang, like a cheerful helium balloon, in New York's once-savage media-political scene has been disconcerting to its denizens."

"In New York in 2021, even a depleted local press corps has covered Mr. Yang skeptically, each outlet in its own way. The Daily News put his “rabid” and “unruly” supporters on its front page. The New York Post roasted his eagerness to hire his rivals to actually run the city. Politico documented his courtship of conservative media. And this weekend, Brian Rosenthal and Katie Glueck of The New York Times exposed a wide gap between the promise and reality of the nonprofit he founded. Now, aides to other candidates said, he has become the central target as they scramble to take him down in the six weeks that remain before the primary election."

"And while the coverage of Mr. Yang has been mixed, there is no question he is dominating, getting about twice as much written coverage as his nearest rival, according to the magazine City Limits, and regularly leading broadcast news outlets."

“I’m excited because it means I’m contending,” Mr. Yang said in a Zoom interview on Friday. “When I ran for president, we were the scrappy underdog, so most of the coverage was like, ‘What’s going on here? Who is this?’ So I’ll take it. Generally speaking being covered is a good thing.”

Mr. Yang’s good cheer and good vibes — at a cultural moment when vibes, as The New Yorker’s Kyle Chayka wrote recently, are standing in for more concrete judgment — may be what some weary voters crave now. His breeziness certainly stands out among the more sober candidacies of his rivals, like the Brooklyn borough president, Eric Adams, who has campaigned against gun violence, and the former de Blasio aide Maya Wiley, who is promising to take on the hard challenges of changing the city’s police and schools, while her aides rage at Mr. Yang’s airy ascent.

“The media has a bias toward celebrity and novelty and energy,” said U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres of the Bronx, who has endorsed Mr. Yang.

"The one group especially hostile to Mr. Yang is the city’s liberal political establishment, whose admirable civic devotion is matched only by their preference for familiar faces, and who find it particularly annoying that Mr. Yang hasn’t bothered voting in local elections. The most consequential voice of that group is this newspaper’s editorial board, which is trying to live down its own 2020 debacle, when it squandered its power in Democratic primary politics by endorsing two rival candidates, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren, at the same time."

"Nobody expects Mr. Yang to win that endorsement, which his foes hope will solidify Democrats around a “stop Yang” alternative."

All in all, a fair assessment, is it not?

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was that he and his UBI proposal were frauds; that his UBI was inadequate and could only subsidize capitalism. ("here's a bunch of money - not enough to pay for anything important, but enough to buy you a lot of shiny junk") In a week the Walton family will get it all. Then I warmed to him - he's infectious, but so was Bill Clinton. Now I think that well intentioned or not he's very dangerous.
To explain, take a person without a job (and I assume that the number of unemployed will rise greatly in the near future) and a person with a job. Now give them both say $1200. (Yang's UBI) See what that does to the disposable income between them? One can suddenly afford hamburger while the other can suddenly afford to save for a house. You think we have income inequality today? And how does he pay for it? A VAT! Pay for meaningless consumption with a consumption tax!
The answer is a GMI, a floor beneath which someone is not allowed to fall below, but which those who have jobs (to be blunt, since I assume that a job will become a privilege) will not be able to take advantage of. The answer is not Andrew Yang's free money.

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On to Biden since 1973

ever since the get go. The Asian Hoi Polloi too. A bunch of Asian's from ivies and heads of corps and charities and stuff all got together and wrote a letter saying how they didn't endorse him.. .... but amongst Asian voters he's like 90%.

He might well win. Yang is real hard to hate. Minorities probably figure he'll get it together with the policing and do something about all the murders. I wonder if a city can tax the trading within it's confines, like wall St?

From the primaries I disagree with Yang on a few issues, but I'd vote for the guy. He's an outsider. For someone making $2K a month his $1000 would be a godsend.

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@ban nock not a sure thing. But highly possible.

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@ban nock would be a godsend, as you say, but what is to prevent the property owner from simply raising the rent to get "my share"? What is to prevent utilities from raising rates? Has Yang said anything about who sits on the boards or commissions that regulate, you should excuse the expression, rates? I have heard Yang talk about building affordable housing and I wonder how many years that might take, but not a word about rent controls.

What is it the group of highly credentialed Asians you mentioned have against Yang? BTW, 'hoi polloi' means the ordinary people. So, I think you are trying to say Yang is very popular among working class Asians, as he seems to be with other groups as well, but not so much with the credentialed elite.

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@Nastarana It is ultimately rooted in the ancient common-sense assumption that the rich are smarter than the poor, because they can afford an education...but what if the rich have become STUPIDER than the poor?

Only a scant few years ago, a "privileged education" was a good thing; now the first of those two words has been so Orwell-raped that it might require a Chernobyl-like hiatus (a belated Happy 35th Doomsday To You, Chernobyl!) from the common discourse before it can recover. Even those of you who were never in the habit of watching Dr. Who, I would recommend the late Capaldi-era two-parter about "The Monks of History" - before he was mysteriously and odiferously "cancelled" and replaced by a mostly-hack, Steven Moffat's last several scripts were some of the most incendiary and powerful of his career, almost as if he were trying to tell us something important before facing the final curtain....

As the Ivy Leagues become ever more exclusive by sheer virtue of the growing wealth gap, they also become more hopelessly dominated by the official #1-Mandatory-Political-Religion-of-Choice of the Forbidden City - "Wokeness". Drink the wafer, eat the wine, ANYTHING to avoid facing the reality that income inequality and war are Midgard's own Niflheim and Muspell, the UR-Evils of our world. The more they commit to this road of general cliocide and personal intellectual suicide, the dumber they get. It's gotten so bad now that...well, when was the last time you saw George F. Will go apeshit like this?!?: https://www.herald-dispatch.com/opinion/george-will-our-lumpen-intellige...

The rich are now the hoi palloi. Intelligence can only survive, let alone thrive, where there is freedom of individual thought, and it seems that has ceased to be the case in the Ivy League, whose prestige has (in an almost-delicious irony, almost Justice!, of the NewSpeak era) degenerated into "prestige" in the original meaning of the word: https://www.etymonline.com/word/prestige. Here's hoping we can make enough of the silver linings of this to yet save the beautiful, bounteous Chaos of civilization.

In closing, submitted for your contemplation:

"The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction."
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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We live in a society in which "we live in a society" is considered a subversive and vaguely-threatening statement.

In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

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Rest assured: I will remember this.

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We live in a society in which "we live in a society" is considered a subversive and vaguely-threatening statement.

In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

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I remember reading his proposals and thinking that there is no way I would ever vote for someone like this. I also thought after watching him in the debates, that he was the one candidate that I would love to have a beer with. In other words, for Yang, affability is his strength, and that makes for a very formidable candidate.

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Do I hear the sound of guillotines being constructed?

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." ~ President John F. Kennedy