Carol Pogash fails at reporting (New York Times, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs)

In the New York Times, Carol Pogash and Nicholas Bogel Burroughs blog "Democrats Sparred Over a Wine Cave Fund-Raiser. Its Billionaire Owner Isn't Pleased" [1]:

...The furnishings [of an underground "wine cave" in Napa Valley] drew the ire of Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Thursday [at a debate], when she chastised Pete Buttigieg for holding a recent fund-raiser in a wine cave "full of crystals" where she said guests were served $900 bottles of wine.

"Billionaires in wine caves should not pick the next president of the United States," she said. Andrew Yang, a former tech executive, added that candidates should not have to "shake the money tree in the wine cave..."

..."I'm just a pawn here," said Craig Hall, who owns Hall Wines... with his wife, Kathryn Walt Hall. "They're making me out to be something that's not true. And they picked the wrong pawn. It's just not fair."

Mr. Hall said he had not settled on a favorite Democratic candidate, but that Mr. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., was a leading contender. His positions on climate change, gun safety and immigration appealed to the couple, said Mr. Hall, who added that he wanted it to be easier for middle-class Americans to start successful businesses...

Obviously, Carol Pogash and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs share Craig Hall's sentiments about going easy on billionaires.

Instead of concentrating on a trivial tale about a wine cave, they would have asked Hall why a billionaire who runs an eponymous company with interests in wineries and a luxury hotel is attracted to Buttigieg's immigration policies.

It's very likely that if Buttigieg's immigration policies would cost the wineries business a lot of money, someone like Hall wouldn't support him. So, it's also very likely that Buttigieg's immigration stance isn't going to cost billionaires like Hall much and will probably help them.

And, that's indeed the case: Buttigieg would flood the USA with lower-priced foreign labor and greatly increase the labor supply. He'd do that not only through a massive comprehensive immigration reform amnesty, but through the anti-American DREAM Act

Mayor Pete Buttigieg would, among other things [2]:

Modernize our immigration laws to reflect today’s humanitarian and economic needs... Reinstate enforcement priorities and prevent arbitrary targeting of immigrant communities by enforcement officials.

Those are code words: "economic needs" means what Big Business wants (see the entries on this list). No more "arbitrary targeting of immigrant communities" means that - even after millions of illegal aliens were legalized - Buttigieg would go easy on those who still employ illegal aliens (both those who weren't legalized and new arrivals). Obviously, wineries are major employers of illegal aliens. Even if none of Hall's wineries employ illegal aliens (very unlikely, but it could happen), he still profits from other wineries employing illegal aliens and thus driving down the local cost of labor as legal workers have to compete.

You might disagree with us on immigration. But, you have to admit that if Carol Pogash and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs were real reporters they would have at least asked Hall why he supports those Buttigieg policies. Rather than some trivia about a "wine cave".

[1] nytimes · com/2019/12/20/us/wine-cave-craig-hall.html
[2] peteforamerica · com/issues/#Immigration