Following an astounding report last week from an internal New York Times meeting, in which editor Dean Baquet acknowledged that the bottom had fallen out of the Russia story (although he continues to foolishly believe his paper covered that story excellently) and that the Times was now moving on to cover Trump’s “racism” as a substitute for the dead conspiracy theory, President Trump lashed out on Twitter, assailing the Times for their onslaught of fake news.
“The Failing New York Times, in one of the most devastating portrayals of bad journalism in history, got caught by a leaker that they are shifting from their Phony Russian Collusion Narrative (the Mueller Report & his testimony were a total disaster), to a Racism Witch Hunt,” Trump wrote.
“’Journalism’ has reached a new low in the history of our Country,” the president continued “It is nothing more than an evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party. The reporting is so false, biased and evil that it has now become a very sick joke…But the public is aware! #CROOKEDJOURNALISM”
In a final tweet, Trump noted: “With all that this Administration has accomplished, think what my Poll Numbers would be if we had an honest Media, which we do not!”
Trump is known for blowing things out of proportion, particularly when it comes to the media, but in this instance he might have actually understated the depths of the Times’ depravity.
“This is a really hard story,” Baquet said in his meeting, talking about the paper’s coverage of Trump. “Newsrooms haven’t confronted one like this since the 1960s. It got trickier after it went from being a story about whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character. We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well. Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.
“I’d love your help with that,” he continued. “As Audra Burch said when I talked to her this weekend, this one is a story about what it means to be an American in 2019. It is a story that requires deep investigation into people who peddle hatred, but it is also a story that requires imaginative use of all our muscles to write about race and class in a deeper way than we have in years.”
To put a bow on it: We got caught with our pants down when the Mueller report dropped, disproving basically everything we’ve been reporting and insinuating for the last two years. Oh, but we did all of that nonsense “truly well.” And now we’re going to take that same reckless, disregard-the-facts approach to the story of Trump’s racism! And hey, there’s no Mueller report waiting to prove us wrong on this one, because we can just make up our own definition of racism and then tailor it to fit Trump and his supporters! Anyone smell another Pulitzer?
Well, we smell something, anyway…