The Times is a sad sick elite: In its political reporting, the New York Times is well beyond an embarrassment.
What is their principal topic today? The number of strip clubs in Tampa!
This news report by Lizette Alvarez tops the first page of the National section. It’s accompanied by three color photos, including a large photograph of a lady without many clothes on:
ALVAREZ (7/27/12): Over at the back door of the 2001 Odyssey, a limo-size tent with flaps—especially designed for discretion and camera-shy guests—is ready to go up. Déjà Vu is welcoming extra “talent” from around the country in its V.I.P. rooms.It isn’t just that the Times is featuring strip clubs. In the opening paragraphs, they invite their readers to picture a stripper who looks just like Sarah Palin.
And Thee DollHouse is all Americana: women plan to slip out of red, white and blue corsets and offer red, white and blue vodka. The headliner that week is expected to bear an uncanny resemblance to a certain ex-governor from a wilderness state, known for her strong jaw and devotion to guns and God.
“She’s a dead ringer for her,” said Warren Colazzo, co-owner of Thee DollHouse. “It’s just a really good gimmick to get publicity.”
(When these broken-souled idiots deal with Palin, this sort of thing just never stops.)
Why is the Times frisking strip clubs in Tampa? Because Tampa will be the site of the Republican National Convention! Republicans tip well in strip clubs, we’re told. Then, "to be fair," we get this:
ALVAREZ: To be fair, Tampa is known for other things: cigars, Ybor City—the historic district where Cuban and Spanish cigar makers first settled in the late 1800s—three major sports franchises, four Super Bowls and beautiful beaches a short drive away. It is the Florida Gulf Coast’s economic engine and hosts a raucous pirate party every year called Gasparilla.It seems Tampa really isn’t the "strip club capital"—but it just can’t shed that reputation! Could that be because wastemeat like the Times keep printing stories like this one?
But Tampa cannot shed its national reputation as the strip club capital of the country. “It’s not true,” said Joe Redner, the owner of the renowned Mons Venus and a man famous for fending off local attempts to close his club. “It would be nice, though.”
The Tampa Bay Times has reported there are 20 strip clubs in Tampa and 50 in the Tampa Bay area. Per capita, it ranks behind Las Vegas and Cincinnati. But it is hard to be sure because strip club statistics are squishy, at best, and per capita numbers vary in a tourist town. Tampa does not have as many strip clubs as New Orleans, Atlanta, Houston, New York and Las Vegas, owners said. Miami boasts quite a few, too.
By the way, does Charlotte have any strip clubs? That’s where the Democrats meet.
The New York Times does excellent work in some areas. In the area of national politics, the Times is a sick, sad empty-souled elite—a deeply empty, brainless crew, a source of decline and defeat.
Repeat: This is the sprawling featured report in today's National section.