The Baltimore Sun Editorial Board Beclowns Itself Some More
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On Sunday I talked about how the Baltimore Sun Editorial Board embarrassed itself with an op-ed over the weekend. I didn’t know then that they were just getting warmed up.
You may have heard about the good news story in Baltimore yesterday. Hundreds of people came from across Maryland and across the country to volunteer and help clean up a portion of West Baltimore.
Take a look at some of what Maryland Young Republicans National Committeeman Evan Young captured yesterday.
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— Evan Young (@real_EvanYoung) August 5, 2019
Another lot cleaned up in #Baltimore with @CardinalRebel88 & @Dave_in_Cbus. Shout out to @Dave_in_Cbus for coming all the way from Columbus, Ohio to help out.#BaltimoreCleanUp#AmericansHelpingAmericans pic.twitter.com/VsGKvoupcY
— Evan Young (@real_EvanYoung) August 5, 2019
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Just some of the 170+ amazing people who were a part of the #BaltimoreCleanup today. Not just Marylanders, we were joined by men and women from Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida, and Utah. I’m sure I’m forgetting others. Even though the media will soon forget about this city and its residents again, we won’t. Let me know if you want to join in the future. Can’t express enough how thankful I am to @scottpresler for making this happen. . . . #AmericansHelpingAmericans #Baltimore #Maryland
The effort got a lot of positive attention in the media, including locally here at the Baltimore Sun.
It quickly became apparent that the Baltimore Sun Editorial Board doesn’t read their own paper because the smug elitists in their ivory tower took a crap on the whole operation:
It made for good photos, compelling videos and catchy Twitter hashtags. A group of conservatives rolled their pickup trucks into one of West Baltimore’s most impoverished neighborhoods Monday for a cleanup day. Loaded down with trash bags and shovels, they cleared alleyways of old tires, food containers, paper and other debris. They pulled up weeds and cut away overgrown grass. The group posted before and after pictures on social media showing their progress.
The effort was organized by pro-Trump activist Scott Presler. He claimed the event was not political. Yes, he was inspired to come by tweets from President Donald Trump describing the area, represented by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, as a “rodent infested mess.” But the visit wasn’t about showing support or animosity for either man, he said.
Call us skeptical.
Yeah, you probably aren’t surprised that the smug elitists on the Baltimore Sun Editorial Board who would never soil their hands to help in West Baltimore decided that the entire thing was a political stunt.
It got worse from there, because then these folks decided to decry the operation because it made local public officials look bad. Here’s their words:
Whatever he says his motives were, Mr. Presler’s presence in Baltimore reinforces the tired image of our failing urban cores. That the poor people in this dilapidated city can’t take care of their own neighborhoods and all the public officials around them have failed as well. The bureaucratic, all-talk Democrats strike again. If a crowd of volunteers could clean up 12 tons of trash in 12 hours, how incompetent and helpless must Baltimoreans be if they can’t manage it in decades, right?
I’m struggling to figure out this entire nonsense sentence. You would think that these ostensibly educated people would have realized that the entire reason this “reinforces the tired image of our failing urban cores” and that “all the public officials around them have failed” is because those things aren’t tired images; they are 100% accurate, at least in the case of Baltimore.
Baltimore Democrats have been failing the city for the entirety of their one-party rule, the Democrats 50+ year war on Baltimore. Let us remind you that Baltimore has not had a single elected Republican elected official since Mayor Theodore McKeldin left office in 1967, and hasn’t had an elected Republican on the Baltimore City Council since 1939. So yeah the public officials have failed Baltimore. And the Baltimore Sun Editorial Board has given them (all Democrats) political cover for a large chunk of those 50 years.
And speaking of giving Democrats political cover, they then had the gall to go on and suggest that the conservative organizers should advocate for the same failed liberal policies that failed Baltimore in the first place:
We also hope Mr. Presler keeps his promise to return to Baltimore once a month. It would definitely give his motives more credibility. It might also give him better perspective about the city’s problems than any single visit can provide. Maybe it could even lead him and his followers to advocate for federal housing, health care, transportation, education, criminal justice, civil rights and anti-poverty policies aimed at urban communities.
This editorial should embarrass everybody associated with it, but we know that it won’t. This op-ed is an insult to those who volunteered and insult to those who organized it, and an insult to the residents of West Baltimore who have been let down by their civic institutions (including not just their public officials, but the Baltimore Sun itself) for decades.
In the meantime, let’s be sure to treat future Baltimore Sun Op-Eds as the joke they are until new owners can buy the paper and replace the existing Editorial Board with some adults.