Clay Waters was director of Times Watch, a former project of the Media Research Center.
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Saturday’s New York Times anti-Trump roundup included an ironic compliment to the Trump campaign, which has freed journalists to label (Republican) politicians as liars and racists. Times editorial board member Brent Staples perversely celebrated “The Election That Obliterated Euphemisms.” The text box: “Donald Trump made it impossible to avoid the word ‘racist.’” Staples certainly didn’t.
How does a reporter write about the history of sexual harassment in D.C. without mentioning Bill Clinton? The New York Times managed it, in a sharply partisan view of sexual harassment in Washington on Thursday by political reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “As Politics Meets Power, Harassment Flourishes.” There was nothing of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick, or of more recent vintage, Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson’s domestic controversies. But conservative Justice Clarence Thomas was featured prominently, and two Republican senators received unflattering mentions as well:
The New York Times David Leonhardt, a gullible fan of high taxes and Obamacare, rather pathetically tried to calm the nerves of “bed-wetting” Democrats by citing an op-ed from Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, in an online post titled “Don’t Bother With National Polls.” (So why is the Times currently trumpeting its own national poll on its main page?) Earlier in the week Leonhardt conducted a mini-course into how to hassle your friends into voting Democrat
Andrew Rosenthal, the former Editorial Page Editor of the New York Times, who has never met a Republican he couldn’t call a racist, has joined Paul Krugman in James Comey conspiracy land. In a Wednesday post, Rosenthal accused the FBI director of trying to swing the election to Donald Trump: "One explanation, which I tend to believe, is that Comey, the director of the F.B.I., set out to interfere in the campaign on behalf of the Republican Party, a shocking act that would render him unfit for his powerful office."
The New York Times frantically played defense for Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s edition, as her smooth ride to victory encountered some unexpected turbulence in the form of FBI director James Comey’s letter to Congress. The ghost of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover hovered over the front page the day after Halloween, and the lead editorial tut-tutted over “James Comey’s Big Mistake.”
The New York Times Sunday Review section featured various neurotic Donald Trump-loathing articles, delving into personal psychological issues while blaming him and Republican men in general for pretty much everything. Besides Susan Faludi seeing anti-feminist hatred in opposition to Hillary Clinton, novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge blamed Trump for making tthe author age rapidly, and writer Peter Orner bashed a Trump-supporting "friend."
New York Times columnist and Democratic hack Paul Krugman tweeted paranoia on Friday alleging that FBI Director James Comey was rigging the election for Trump, by informing Congress of an update in the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Krugman didn’t dare go that far in print in his Monday column, but he did bring some extra brio to his tired, false trope about Republicans successfully intimidating the media into negative coverage of Hillary Clinton and “news organizations, afraid of being attacked for bias, [giving] evenhanded treatment to lies and truth.” And Comey, by keeping Congress informed of his investigation, as he pledged under oath to do, has “destroyed his own reputation.”
Just in time for Halloween, Hillary Clinton’s classified document scandal rose from the dead; FBI Director James Comey announced Friday that a newly discovered collection of emails “appear to be pertinent to the investigation.” The New York Times is not happy. Particularly aggrieved was columnist and Democratic hack Paul Krugman, who alleged that Comey was rigging the election (sound familiar?): “If we don't hear more from Comey, we just have to conclude that he was trying to swing election. And *that* should be the story.” That after weeks of the Times saying such talk was a threat to democracy.
A local paper in central Florida made a surprising strike against national media bias. In an arresting admission, The Daily Commercial of Leesburg, Fla., made a long editorial apology for its ongoing anti-Trump bias, explaining that the wire stories it relies on for political news are hopelessly slanted against Donald Trump: “The media, the election and bias.” The editors obsevered: "The Daily Commercial hasn't done enough to mitigate the anti-Trump wave in the pages of this paper....you deserve a more balanced approach to the coverage of elections and other weighty issues."
It was the “I Am Woman” edition of Friday’s New York Times. Reporter Julie Hirschfeld Davis celebrated Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton’s embrace at a rally in North Carolina: “Clinton Basks in the First Lady’s Soaring Popularity on the Campaign Trail.” On the same page, reporter Trip Gabriel hailed the group Republican Women for Hillary.
Catherine Rampell, Washington Post columnist and former New York Times business reporter, had some no-doubt well-meant advice for the Republican Party in her Monday column: “Want to save the Republican Party? Drain the right-wing media swamp.” After consigning Donald Trump’s campaign to doom, and foreseeing the inevitable debriefing by Republican leaders, Rampell angrily blamed the media. Specifically, the “right-wing....media machine persuading their base to believe completely bonkers, bigoted garbage."
The New York Times made sure to “undercut” any advantage the Republican candidate might earn from news of the massive premium increases on the way to ObamaCare patients in its front-page coverage: “Growing Costs Of Health Law Pose a Late Test." The text box: “At attack that Trump made, and soon went on to undercut.” Meanwhile, the WikiLeaks revelation that President Obama knew about Hillary Clinton’s private email server despite his denials was buried on page A22.
The politicization of ESPN the Magazine is complete, as the October 31 NBA Preview issue features a cover story interview of NBA star Carmelo Anthony by sportswriter turned Black Lives Matter! cheerleader Howard Bryant, “The truth according to Carmelo Anthony.” The cover shot featured Anthony in radical chic mode, sporting a black beret and unleashing a font of ‘60s-tinged cliches about the Baltimore riots and Colin Kaepernick.
The New York Times is getting awful cocky about big Democratic victories on November 7. One of the two leading stories on the front of Monday’s paper: “Obama Targets G.O.P. Control of Statehouses.” The other lead story found no worries for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the home stretch: “Victory In Sight, Clinton Presses Beyond Trump – Appeals to Vote Early – With Lead in the Polls, She Turns to Backing Other Democrats.”
Saturday’s New York Times attacked Republican positions on voting from two angles. Reporter Yamiche Alcindor responded to Donald Trump’s refusal to say he would accept the election results with typical liberal hyperbole, comparing Trump’s comments to actual dictatorships abroad: “For Some Immigrants, Trump’s Warning on Election Results Sounds All Too Familiar.” Reporter Michael Wines took another angle, dismissing the danger of vote fraud as a false campaign tactic by Republicans in “How Citing Voter Fraud Became a Political Tactic.”
Even when the New York Times does run articles (not on the front page) about Democratic scandals, it tried desperately to turn attention to old Republican Party controversies. That was the case with two Friday articles involving possible Democratic vote fraud and electoral disruption.
Friday’s New York Times continued to dubiously fact-check Donald Trump, this time on abortion, while positioning Hillary Clinton as a pro-choice heroine of women on the front page. Reporter Farah Stockman hailed Hillary as finally emerging as a champion for women under the eye-rolling headline “Clinton Arrives As a Crusader For All Women.” Even the women she slimed in defense of her sleazy husband?
The New York Times coverage of the final presidential debate was dominated by what it termed “a remarkable statement that seemed to cast doubt on American democracy” -- Trump’s refusal to state he would accept the results of next month’s presidential election, along with a cutting front-page opinion on how Hillary flustered Trump. There was also another ideologically slanted fact-check of the debate.
On the eve of the final presidential debate, Wednesday’s New York Times went after Donald Trump cover to cover, with attempts to shame the Republican nominee and a cavalier dismissal of his allegations of election rigging as racist and paranoid, though the Times was quite amenable to Democratic conspiracy theories about Bush stealing the 2004 election. Wednesday’s off-lead story by Trip Gabriel was headlned “Few Answering Call by Trump To Watch Polls – Fraud Warnings Raise Intimidation Fears.” The text box cried racism: “Increasing worry about intimidation focused on minority communities."
The front of Monday’s New York Times continued the paper’s relentless and one-sided assault on Donald Trump’s campaign. First up, “Public Jolted As Campaign Turns Coarser -- Across Nation, Ripples From an Ugly Race” by Patrick Healy and Farah Stockman slanted toward Hillary Clinton while blaming Trump's comments for traumatizing women nationwide. In the lead slot story, “Officials Fight Trump’s Claims Of A Rigged Vote, Times reporters forwarded the worries of hard-left “civil rights” groups, while ignoring justified Republican concerns over vote fraud and relegating the firebombing of a local GOP headquarters to a single paragraph.