June 4, 2013

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Apparently NYC's Citi-Bike program is freaking out wingnuttia in a big way. I know this story has been cropping up everywhere. And as usual, the Wall Street Journal is promoting it with the insane editorial board member who is none other than the one, the only, Dorothy Rabinowitz. Her psyche encompasses a very special type of wingnut madness and she made this not-fake-news video for the WSJ to attack those menacing and evil cyclists.

Q: Why would you want a program like this in the first place, are we too fat?

Rabinowitz: Don't ask me to enter the minds of the totalitarians running this city. And I would like to say to all the people that don't live in New York, this means something much more than the specifics of this dreadful program. It means--envision what happens when you got a government that is run by an autocratic mayor, or other leader, a government for which you are helpless. Now look at a city who's best neighborhoods are absolutely begrimed is the word by these blazing blue Citibank bikes. All the finest most picturesque, it is shocking to walk around the city and see how much of this they have sneaked under the radar in the interests of the environment.


Every citizen knew — who was in any way sentient — that the most important danger in the city is not the yellow cabs...it is the cyclists.

I couldn't transcribe any more, but watch the whole thing. Any sane person will be rolling on the floor after viewing this, but don't listen to it on a mobile device while you're driving -- because you might kill someone.

The Business Insider refutes every psychotic claim made by the wingnuts, including Dorothy Rabinowitz: New York's Bike Share Is Brilliant, And Every Complaint About It Is Bogus

Although New York City's new bike share system has been successful so far, it has generated a lot of complaints.

The Wall Street Journal made a splash last week with a video in which editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz managed to bring up just about every gripe we've heard voiced about bike share, and cyclists in general.

Let's note that cycling reduces medical costs and eases the burden on our country's health care. It takes cars off the road and carbon emissions out of the atmosphere, and reduces our dependence on foreign oil. It's fun.

Every kilometer cycled in Denmark earns the country €.23 (partly because cyclists have been shown to spend more money in local stores). That's the kind of money every American city could put to good use.

Rabinowitz — and those who share her views — are wrong to complain about the arrival of bike share in New York. Here's a look at what they're saying, and why it's bogus...read on.

Read the entire story to get the picture that the lying liars are trying to paint.

James Fallows posted it the other day.

I've always wondered how exactly to describe the temperament, the broadmindedness, the analytical subtlety, the Id that through the decades have shaped the Wall Street Journal's editorial page. Conveniently, the Journal has filled that need, via this video interview with one of its editorial board members. Henceforth when you read the Journal's editorials, I invite you to hear this voice, expression, and tone.

Digby reminds us that Dorothy was the freak who helped unleash the phony Juanita Broadrick story that was aimed to destroy Bill Clinton.

Not that we needed to be reminded of Dorothy Rabinowitz's unique brand of wingnuttery. Recall this piece from a few years back by Eric Alterman regarding the Rabinowitz's role in the Juanita Broadrick matter:

The story ultimately broke on February 19, when the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal joined its erstwhile political and journalistic comrade Drudge. Deploying tear-jerking prose, right-wing ideologue Dorothy Rabinowitz accepted Broaddrick's claims at face value. She wrote, "To encounter this woman, to hear the details of her story and the statements of the corroborating witnesses, was to understand that this was in fact an event that took place."

The trusting editorial writer--"I am not a hard news reporter," she has explained--asked Broaddrick no uncomfortable questions and turned up no contemporaneous evidence. Nor did she raise the issue of a voluntary polygraph. Woman-to-woman, Rabinowitz simply decided that Broaddrick's twenty-one-year-old claims were true, and the massive news-disseminating resources of the Dow Jones Company were marshaled behind a story that its news division wouldn't touch. Following this act of journalistic recklessness, the paper's editors chided NBC for its commitment to ethical standards and even compared their own work to George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia.

And our own Susie might have caught the greatest quote ever from this perverted mind.

'You Can Do Anything You Want As Long As You're Poor'

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