Patterico's Pontifications

6/5/2015

New York Times Writers Alan Rappeport, Steve Eder, and Marco Rubio’s Wife Cited for At Least 13 Traffic Violations

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:53 am

Alan Rappeport and Steve Eder are the people responsible for the single most ridiculous Big Media article I have seen since I woke up today. Painfully stupid even for Big Media:

Marco Rubio and His Wife Cited 17 Times for Traffic Infractions

Senator Marco Rubio has been in a hurry to get to the top, rising from state legislator to United States senator in the span of a decade and now running for president at age 44.

But politics is not the only area where Mr. Rubio, a Republican from Florida, has an affinity for the fast track. He and his wife, Jeanette, have also shown a tendency to be in a rush on the road.

According to a search of the Miami-Dade and Duval County court dockets, the Rubios have been cited for numerous infractions over the years for incidents that included speeding, driving through red lights and careless driving. A review of records dating back to 1997 shows that the couple had a combined 17 citations: Mr. Rubio with four and his wife with 13.

Four citations since 1997 for a 44-year-old is not a lot; that’s about how many I have at roughly the same age. (Hey! I said “roughly”!) But “Marco Rubio Received Four Traffic Tickets” is a headline that would grab nobody’s attention — so they substituted a misleading one that lumped Rubio in with his wife.

Of course, Alan Rappeport, Steve Eder, and Marco Rubio’s wife have together collected at least 13 traffic citations, if not many more. So it’s pretty hypocritical of Rappeport and Eder to be writing this story, don’t you agree?

Here is the scofflaw Rubio couple with their son:

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Above: Marco Rubio and his wife dream of going back out on the road and endangering their young son

Well, his campaign’s over.

FROM THE ASSIGNMENT DESK: I wonder how many times Hillary Clinton and her chauffeur have received traffic tickets. Alan Rappeport? Steve Eder? Hop to it!

Police Remove Male Cyclist From “World Naked Bike Ride” For Reacting To The Visual Stimuli The Way Healthy Men Do

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:24 am

[guest post by Dana]

So, to sum it up: A man at the “World Naked Bike Ride” was removed from the premises by the police because as the male and female riders were undressing on the street (go as bare as you dare!), he became “over excited”.

According to one witness:

”Everyone was taking their clothes off to get ready for the ride. I heard gasps and I turned around—it was a horrible sight. It’s fair to say he was overexcited and got aroused. It looked like he was enjoying the event a bit too much.”

Event organizers sought reassure the public:

[R]ide organiser Barry Freeman said: “We do not accept this behaviour and he was dealt with and removed before the ride started.”

Organisers had previously told participants: “The police have confirmed they WILL act on ANY inappropriate behaviour and we, the organisers will support that.

(The World Naked Bike Rides are organized to protest the dangers cyclists face from cars, and to protest oil dependency.)

–Dana


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