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New York Times Reverses On Trump And School Reopenings

It is rare that the New York Times admits it is wrong and never that a conservative, much less Donald Trump, is right. But one of its writers, no doubt with official clearance from the top, did just that. Could it be that now they think Trump is moving offstage they can acknowledge what they knew all along: that on a range of issues, like him or not, Trump was right? Probably wishful thinking. Perhaps the writer was drunk when he wrote it. How else can you account from the departure from Thought Police approved tripe?

FNC: “An op-ed from The New York Times offered a stunning admission Wednesday about President Trump’s strong stance on keeping schools open during the coronavirus pandemic. Hours after it was announced that New York City schools would be shutting down amid nationwide spikes in coronavirus cases, Times opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a piece titled, ‘When Trump Was Right and Many Democrats Wrong.’ ”

Kristof: “Some things are true even though President Trump says them. Trump has been demanding for months that schools reopen, and on that he seems to have been largely right. Schools, especially elementary schools, do not appear to have been major sources of coronavirus transmission, and remote learning is proving to be a catastrophe for many low-income children. Yet America is shutting schools — New York City announced Wednesday that it was closing schools in the nation’s largest school district — even as it allows businesses like restaurants and bars to operate. What are our priorities?”

Kristof explained how the controversy over keeping schools open in the fall was “politicized” after Trump “blustered” in the summer about schools staying open, as he was “trying to project normalcy…Too many Democrats instinctively lined up on the other side.”

But during the height of the summer presidential campaign season the New York Times expressed this usual leftist view, “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!’ President Trump declared on July 6, voicing a mantra he would repeat again and again in the coming weeks, with varying degrees of threat, as he sought to jump-start the nation’s flagging economy. Around the same time, caseloads in much of the country started to climb again. In the weeks since, hundreds of districts — including nearly all of the nation’s largest school systems, along with scores of rural and suburban districts — have reversed course and decided to start the school year with remote instruction. Rising infection rates were clearly the major driver of the move to continue remote learning. But Mr. Trump’s aggressive, often bellicose demands for reopening classrooms helped to harden the views of many educators that it would be unsafe — and give their powerful unions fodder to demand stronger safety measures or to resist efforts to physically reopen.”

Then, in July, this was a company line quote at the New York Times, “If you had told me that Trump was doing this as a favor to the schools-must-not-open crowd, I’d believe you,’ said Rick Hess, the director of education policy at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.”

What changed? They think they won the election and now are free to return to a bit of reality, now that the big orange monster is caged. But, if the president pulls off a judicial win and with it reelection, then expect the consistent cacophony to return to normal.