November 19, 2015

THE NEW YORK TIMES VS. NAIL SALONS: The gray lady’s inaccurate reporting wreaks havoc on an immigrant-dominated industry:

In May 2015, The New York Times published a much-discussed two-part story claiming, among other things, that nail salon workers in New York State are routinely exploited—earning wages as low as $10 per day.

Immediately after the first article appeared, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) started a regulatory crackdown on nail salons. The result has been to wreak havoc on this immigrant-dominated industry and to close off employment opportunities for undocumented workers.

And the New York Times story that inspired Cuomo’s crackdown broadly mischaracterized the nail salon industry. Manicurists are skilled employees whose labor is in high demand, and they have a good deal of bargaining power. Some of the men and women the Times reporter spoke with say she misquoted them or misrepresented their businesses.

Click above to watch a short documentary on the New York Times attack on the nail salon industry.

And thus the Gray Lady, hamstrung by its manic support of Hillary and Obama and a raging case of PC (but I repeat myself) has a minor story in which to divert itself from the real news of the day, in much the same way that the Howell Raines-era Times was obsessed with the Augusta National Golf Course in the immediate wake of 9/11.

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