The New York TimesChristopher Rufo has become a new enemy to the public. This man has leaked numerous tapes and documents that reveal numerous instances of critical race theory teaching in schools and corporate offices. A Times’ headline writer let readers know he was bad news: “He Fuels Cultural Fires For the Right in Florida.” As inFlorida: Home of Gov. DeathSantis!
Reporter Trip Gabriel’s profile in Sunday’s edition wasn’t quite as distorted as the headline but was definitely unsympathetic in its attempt to coil the albatross of Fox News and Tucker Carlson around Rufo’s neck:
Christopher Rufo appears on Fox News so often that he converted a room in his Pacific Northwest house to a television studio, complete with professional lighting, an uplink to Fox in New York and an “On Air” light in the hall so his wife and two children don’t barge in during broadcasts.
“I’ll do ‘Tucker’ and then pop out and have dinner,” Mr. Rufo said recently at his home in Gig Harbor, Wash., thousands of miles from the nation’s media and political capitals.
Mr. Rufo is the conservative activist who probably more than any other person made critical race theory a rallying cry on the right — and who has become, to some on the left, an agitator of intolerance. A senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a right-leaning think tank, he has emerged at the front of another explosive cultural clash, one that he sees as even more politically potent and that the left views as just as dangerous: the battle over L.G.B.T.Q. Schools are subject to restrictions
Gabriel moved on to Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’s fight against Disney, in which he eliminated the company’s self-governing privilege in retaliation against Disney’s condemnation of the state’s Parental Rights in Education law, banning classroom discussion of gender identity before fourth grade.
That angle partially but not wholly explains the presence of “Florida” in the headline, a state which stands in for a lot of things liberals loathe these days: “The signing was the culmination of Mr. Rufo’s long campaign to short-circuit corporate and school efforts at diversity and inclusion training. His aims were achieved by him despite admitting to having twisted hot-button race issues..”
Evidently, social conservative activists don’t have goals, they have “fixations,” with the “Rufo’s latest” being DeSantis “enacting a…measure abolishing Disney’s special tax status in the state.”
Gabriel managed to criticize Rufo and defend Walt Disney, the giant-corporation Walt Disney, against CNN’s reporting on sex abuse among its employees.
Following the release of the videos by Mr. Rufo, he posted mug shots to Twitter from Disney employees who were charged with child sexual abuse over the years. This was partly based on CNN reports that were made in 2014.
Nor did he include Disney’s response to CNN that the arrests were “one one-hundredth of 1 percent of the 300,000 people we have employed during this time period.”
He has received financial rewards for his advocacy. In addition to his Manhattan Institute role, he also has a newsletter of 2,500 subscribers and runs a non-profit entity that supports his work. He said that he had received more than $500,000 in donations from his organization since last year.
Talk about activist enrichment The Times has evidently not run a story on Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrice Cullors’ controversial purchase of a $6 million Southern California mansion.
Gabriel’s take looked particularly biased in contrast to the adjacent story on the Times home page, showing how left-wing social activists are greeted with flowers: “For Alabama’s Only Gay Lawmaker, a Political Defeat Was Deeply Personal.”