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NYT: Dinesh is “some noxious clown”

In an editorial entitled: Dinesh D’Souza? Really?, the Times slammed President Trump’s pardon of Dinesh D’Sousa ‘83:

The handful of pardons that President Trump has granted so far may appear to be scattershot, but they’re beginning to show a distinct pattern — not just of who he believes is worthy of mercy, but of how he thinks about the justice system as a whole and about his power to bend it to his will.

On Thursday, Mr. Trump pardoned Dinesh D’Souza, the right-wing troll known for, among other things, posting racist tweets about President Barack Obama, spreading the lie that George Soros was a Nazi collaborator and writing that “the American slave was treated like property, which is to say, pretty well.”

In 2014, Mr. D’Souza pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions, although he claimed that he had been targeted for political reasons. Last year, President Trump fired Preet Bharara, the federal prosecutor who handled Mr. D’Souza’s case. “KARMA IS A BITCH,” Mr. D’Souza exulted on Twitter Thursday, with his trademark graciousness. Mr. Bharara, he added, “wanted to destroy a fellow Indian American to advance his career. Then he got fired & I got pardoned.”…

Michelle Goldberg chimed in with a NYT column, Donald Trump Presents: ‘Celebrity Impunity’, in which she called D’Sousa “a huckster and a sexist weasel” and a “gutter-dwelling troll.”

The Times added a profile of D’Sousa: A Look at Dinesh D’Souza, Pardoned by Trump. And to its credit, the Gray Lady allowed D’Sousa to defend himself: Dinesh D’Souza, Pardoned by Trump, Claims Victory Over Obama Administration.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

Andrew McCarthy, former Assistant US Attorney in New York, has a better informed review of the D’Souza pardon than the intemperate editorial rants at the NY Times:

D’Souza was the target of a politicized prosecution. He was charged with multiple felonies in an effort to imprison him over a regulatory offense that is normally settled with an administrative fine.


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