The New York Times and the NYPD are fighting again. It started yesterday, with the Times publishing an editorial calling for a federal investigation of the NYPD for spying on Muslims, its dealings with Occupy Wall Street and its stop-and-frisk program, AKA stop-and-frisk-minorities. The NYPD didn’t like that.
Ray Kelly, in his infinite wisdom, replied to the Times’ piece by telling the New York Daily News that, “Sometimes it sounds sometimes like people are more comfortable stereotyping me,” which might be the quote of the year. Then, because no NYPD job is done until 9/11 is mentioned, Kelly insisted that secretly videotaping Muslims grocery shopping was the only way to keep America safe:
People have short memories, they just do. They do. I live downtown and pass Ground Zero every single day. Maybe that’s why it’s on my mind more than it is with other people. [9/11] is an event that should never ever escape the consciousness of New York. But sometimes I think it does.
It doesn’t stop there. The police department issued a press release condemning the Times, explaining that everything it was doing was within the law and that there are even some cops that are minorities, so there.
It sounds like the Times and the NYPD need a timeout.