Sunday's MediaBuzz on Fox News Channel critiqued the media's attention on the National Enquirer's cover story about multiple alleged affairs involving Senator Ted Cruz. Howard Kurtz noted that "the dilemma for the press here is whether to run with these unproven allegations." The Daily Caller's Gayle Trotter asserted that the press "shouldn't run with it, because the story itself shows that the National Enquirer has a complete lack of evidence."
Jeb Bush and Donald Trump faced off in separate town meetings in New Hampshire, New York Times' Ashley Parker and Jeremy Peters reported Thursday. The reporters also demonstrated that the pro-amnesty NYT would use the illegal immigration issue to harass the Republican Party all the way to November 2016. In this instance, by ginning up mock outrage against the "slur" of "anchor babies."
Strange new respect? Two days after the New York Times labeled real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a racist on its front page based on thin evidence, the Times is suddenly treating one of his Twitter pronouncements as newsworthy, with Ashley Parker devoting an entire story to Trump's tweet. Perhaps because he's attacking his fellow GOP candidates as "puppets" of the libertarian Koch Brothers, themselves a frequent target of the Times.
On Monday morning New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan, facing an outcry from her paper's liberal readership, fretted over its coverage of the investigation into Hillary Clinton sending private emails containing classified material. The print edition sent a similar message to Republicans who might dare to use the issue against Clinton on the road to the White House: Ease off. Reporters Maggie Haberman and Ashley Parker suggested GOP presidential candidates tread lightly on the topic in "Focus on Clinton's Emails Forces Republicans to Weigh Risks of Criticism." Willie Horton and the "war on women" trope also make appearances as further warning of the alleged perils of Republican overreach.
Moderate Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, constant critic of conservativces. Conservative activist Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who has survived brutal battles with public unions. Both are Republicans running presidential campaigns on their own terms, according to separate stories on A18 of Thursday's New York Times. But that's where the similarities in their treatment ends. While Graham was a "jovial...thoughtful man" who told "hard truths" to his stubbornly conservative party, Walker was a "political lifer" who was definitely "obsessive" over politics, and possibly "unprincipled" as well.
The New York Times devoted valuable front-page, over-the-fold space and a banner photo to a story on Sen. Marco Rubio campaigning in Iowa, and came down hard on the GOP as an old, stodgy, white party: "Rubio's Immigrant Story, and an Aging Party in Search of a Spark."
After former President George W. Bush failed to make the cut in the New York Times' photo collection of the march commemorating Selma, the Times on Monday showed its idea of political balance. It led the paper with yet another hammering of an incompetent, ultraconservative Republican Congress, while another front-page report critical of Hillary Clinton was hidden under a mild headline and peppered with anti-GOP caveats.
Tuesday's New York Times featured a front-page "congressional memo" by Carl Hulse and Ashley Parker devoted to the paper's new favorite topic: How the GOP-led Congress is staining the party's reputation for 2016: "Funding Fight Poses Dangers For the G.O.P. -- Battle on Immigration Puts Security at Issue."
A Christmas Day article in the New York Times left no doubt which party they would leave a lump of coal for. The paper impressively managed to spin a current controversy into a problem solely for the Republican side -- as if crime has not long been a losing election issue for the Democrats -- by portraying the GOP as making knee-jerk, stiff-necked appeals to white fear.
New York Times reporter Damien Cave reported from Havana that Obama's liberalized policy shift toward Cuba meant that that country was finished with its "venerable....leader" (not ruthless dictator) Fidel Castro, and also took a shot at "stiff-backed critics of Fidel’s government." As Miami bureau chief, Cave fostered a bizarre obsession with hypothetical inequality that might transpire in a freer Cuba.
Surprising news that President Obama would normalize relations with Cuba by establishing full diplomatic relations while easing restrictions excited reporters and editorial writers at the New York Times, who saw the demise of the "dinosaurs" and "aging...hard-liners" who opposed liberalizing ties to the authoritarian Cuban government.
President Obama has congressional Republicans right where he wants them, thanks to his clever constitutional bypass on immigration, if you believe the New York Times. Immigration is the issue the paper shows its most slant, and its latest story sports a familiar-sounding headline doubtless employed by the Times several times before: "Battle Over Immigration Poses Risks for G.O.P."