The New York Times has no compunction against going after fellow journalists who fail to sufficiently parrot Democratic-friendly stories. Times reporters Jeremy Peters and Kenneth Vogel investigated the work of fellow journalist John Solomon with their piece, “The Man Trump Trusts for News on Ukraine,” posted on Tuesday. The Biden campaign has fingered journalist Solomon as an enemy for reporting on his son Hunter’s employment by Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian gas company. The Times is doing its best to squash that scandal.
In the midst of the daily tarring and feathering of President Trump by our “objective” press, we are treated to some precious moments where these badly disguised political operatives write something unintentionally hilarious. Take, for example, the New York Times story on August 26 headlined “Trump’s Allies Scour Internet to Punish Press.” They were outraged that someone would dare expose old tweets by journalists...they dish it out, but can't take it.
So much for the New York Times’ pursuit of “truth.” Digging up old social media postings to use against public figures (usually conservatives) is the kind of “investigation” the Times and the rest of the press have being doing for years. But now, as a recently uncovered project is revealed to be targeting journalists in similar fashion, the tactic is suddenly disreputable, even dangerous. The Times is putting itself in the awkward and hypocritical position of opposing the reporting of publicly available facts when done by conservatives. The Times outrage comes off hollow, given the press’s history of doxxing Trump supporters for making pro-Trump or anti-Democratic “memes” they didn’t like.
Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate has released his latest plan to
bribe people into voting for him address student loan debt. The radical plan calls for the elimination of the $1.6 trillion in student loan debt across the country plus college free tuition to be paid for by a tax on Wall Street. There are multiple problems with the plan, but the one that Monday's edition of MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson homed on was that the plan might be seen as a betrayal of Sanders' crusade to address income inequality.
Occasionally, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews has provided us with moments of humor and levity (though most of the time at his own expense) and Wednesday was no exception as he took time to mock anti-Trump Republicans and faux Republicans pleading with voters to back Democrats in November.
After a brief interlude, the New York Times is getting label-happy again, this time in its Supreme Court coverage. Beat reporter Adam Liptak on Tuesday covered the arguments in an important case involving free speech and government unions -- whether forcing workers to support public unions violates their First Amendment rights -- in “Newest Justice, Seen as Key Vote, Is Silent During Arguments on Unions.”
The truth about Fusion GPS's involvement with creating, promoting, and disseminating the infamous Trump-Russia dossier has slowly emerged during the past four weeks. Yet, based on site searches, the Associated Press and New York Times have not published a single substantive, genuinely related in-house story in over four weeks.
The recently leaked trove of emails from Hillary Clinton and her staff, revealed many items of concern including cozy and unethical interactions with the press. MRC Vice President for Business and Culture Dan Gainor chastised the media saying, “This is the worst bias election probably anybody has ever seen anywhere.
A huge story broke by Politico early Thursday morning exposes how Bill Clinton exploited a federal program for former president to grease the wheels of the Clinton Foundation. “Bill Clinton's staff used a decades-old federal government program … to subsidize his family’s foundation and an associated business, and to support his wife’s private email server,” Politico reported. As shocking as the new revelation is, the “Big Three” networks gave the incendiary story a wide berth during their evening broadcasts.
Chris Megerian at the Los Angeles Times, in a report first published online on Tuesday, had a difficult time trying to downplay the fact that Democrat and leftist mega-donors outspent their Republican and conservative couterparts by an overwhelming margin during the past election cycle.
But Megerian made the best of it, giving readers the impression that David Koch, of the supposedly evil Koch brothers, was the fourth-largest such donor. Times editors did their part to keep the news as quiet as possible by publishing the obviously national story in the California secion of its Wednesday print edition.
Politico's Kenneth Vogel and Byron Tau filed a long Friday article moaning about how influential opposition research has become in the conduct of this year's political campaigns. My takeaway is that they really don't like it this time around — not because the money involved has increased, and not because supposedly lax campaign-finance laws have accommodated this increase. No, they're really upset because, according to Joe Pounder, a cofounder of the conservative American Rising, "so far, at least — Democrats had endured more such hits than Republicans."
So I guess the next step for the Politico pair inevitably had to be to minimize the importance of hits against Democrats. Here's their one-sentence evaluation of one of them: "[S]maller scoops have proliferated as well — an Ohio gubernatorial candidate caught driving without a license, for example." You've got to be kidding.