Trump Calls New York Times ‘A True Enemy Of The People,’ Publisher Fires Back

By Paul Bois February 21th, 2019 | Image Source: The Hill

“The Press has never been more dishonest than it is today”

On Wednesday, President Trump downgraded The New York Times from simply “failing” to being a “true enemy of the people” based on their bias reporting.

“The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” the president tweeted.

As noted by the Huffington Post, the president’s hit at The New York Times is a departure from his usual rhetoric, which typically denounces the “fake news media” as the enemy of the people. The comment comes in response to the Times’ reporting about the president’s alleged “two-year war on the investigations encircling him.” In a previous tweet, Trump denounced “The Press” for being “totally out of control” on bias.

“The Press has never been more dishonest than it is today,” he wrote. “Stories are written that have absolutely no basis in fact. The writers don’t even call asking for verification. They are totally out of control. Sadly, I kept many of them in business. In six years, they all go BUST!”

In response to the tweets, Times reporter Maggie Haberman said on CNN’s “New Day” that she sent several emails to the White House about the story “that went unanswered until yesterday.”

“We went through a detailed list of what we were planning on reporting,” she explained. “They chose not to engage and then afterwards the president acts surprised.”

“Now whether his aides are not telling him what we are looking at or whether this is a game and he knows what it is and he’s pretending that he doesn’t, I can’t read his mind,” she said. “We certainly followed normal reporting practices and went over it at length with both the White House and the Department of Justice.”

Haberman said the president’s claim about reporters not calling for verification is “a lie.”

“That’s a lie,” she said. “And I don’t know if he knows it’s a lie or whether he is telling himself ‘this is true,’ whether his staff doesn’t tell him we are reaching out, but I find it hard to believe that his staff didn’t brief him once again that this kind of a report was coming.”

New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger has since denounced the president’s slam against the newspaper as “dangerous rhetoric.”

“The phrase ‘enemy of the people’ is not just false, it’s dangerous,” wrote Sulzberger. “It has an ugly history of being wielded by dictators and tyrants who sought to control public information. And it is particularly reckless coming from someone whose office gives him broad powers to fight or imprison the nation’s enemies.”

Sulzberger went on to say that the First Amendment is “a principle that previous occupants of the Oval Office fiercely defended regardless of their politics, party affiliation, or complaints about how they were covered.”

Sulzberger made this denunciation of Trump on the very same week that The Washington Post was slapped with a lawsuit claiming $250 million in damages for destroying the reputation of a teenage schoolboy.

“Today, Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry filed their first lawsuit on behalf of Nicholas Sandmann against The Washington Post,” the lawyers said in a statement. “The suit seeks $250 million in both compensatory and punitive damages. Lin and Todd will continue to bring wrongdoers before the court to seek damages in compensation for the harm so many have done to the Sandmann family. This is only the beginning.”

“In a span of three (3) days in January of this year commencing on January 19, the Post engaged in a modern-day form of McCarthyism by competing with CNN and NBC, among others, to claim leadership of a mainstream and social media mob of bullies which attacked, vilified, and threatened Nicholas Sandmann (‘Nicholas’), an innocent secondary school child,” the lawyers’ complaint reads.

“The Post wrongfully targeted and bullied Nicholas because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ souvenir cap on a school field trip to the January 18 March for Life in Washington, D.C. when he was unexpectedly and suddenly confronted by Nathan Phillips (‘Phillips’), a known Native American activist, who beat a drum and sang loudly within inches of his face (‘the January 18 incident’),” the complaint continues.

Author: Paul Bois

Source: Dailywire: Trump Calls New York Times ‘A True Enemy Of The People,’ Publisher Fires Back

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