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Heilemann: 'Nakedly Racist' Trump Blaming Virus on 'Nonwhite' People

March 19th, 2020 4:20 PM
On Wednesday's Deadline: White House on MSNBC, fill-in host John Heilemann joined in on the pettiness of some journalists claiming that it is "racist" for President Donald Trump to accurately acknowledge that the coronavirus infections first appeared in China by calling it the "Chinese virus."

Coronavirus Cudgel: NYT's Baker Spreads Anti-Trump Fever on Front Page

March 9th, 2020 5:57 PM
On the front of Monday’s New York Times, Peter Baker savored how the coronavirus had become a political headache for President Trump: “Twitter Pulpit Is No Match For Viral Foe.” Baker raises some defensible criticisms of some of Trump’s statements (while only briefly noting vital steps the President took over indignant liberal opposition). But Baker’s overall tone matched the feverish anti-Trump…
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CNN's Avlon: Bolton Testimony 'Equivalent of Nixon Smoking Gun Tape'

January 29th, 2020 10:47 AM
On New Day, CNN "senior political analyst" John Avlon offers the preposterous proposition that John Bolton's prospective testimony at the impeachment trial would be "the equivalent of Nixon's smoking gun tape." 

New York Times Hypes Watergate-Level ‘Smoking Gun’ in Bolton Book

January 28th, 2020 10:34 AM
New York Times Peter Baker’s lead-story “news analysis” on Tuesday suggested revelations from an unpublished memoir by Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, John Bolton, could be a Watergate-like “smoking gun” -- or at least would in normal political times.  Baker eagerly and perhaps prematurely made his “smoking gun” case: “John Bolton’s Account Upends Trump’s Denials, but Will It…

NYTimes Tries to Turn Tables on Trump Protecting Jews, Backfires Badly

December 17th, 2019 10:18 PM
The New York Times has gotten itself mired in more controversy and embarrassment of its own making while spending the last week desperately trying to put a negative spin on President Trump’s recent executive order to fight anti-Semitism on college campuses: "The order will effectively interpret Judaism as a race or nationality, not just a religion..." Wrong, said people who actually read the…
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NBC Reporter: Trump Violated 'One of the Founders' Most Primal Fears'

December 16th, 2019 3:53 PM
On Sunday's Meet the Press, NBC reporter Heidi Pryzbyla sounded in sync with the Democrats on how tremendously weighty this impeachment is as a historical marker. President Trump violated "one of the Founders' primal fears," foreign interference in our elections. 

NYTimes Getting Excited, Invoking John Dean and ‘an Echo of Watergate'

November 22nd, 2019 11:52 AM
New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker got really excited over impeachment, making comparisons to John Dean and Watergate in his front-page “news analysis” of the hearings into “quid pro quo” allegations involving President Trump and Ukraine: “Democrats Detect Watergate Echo.” The headline to the “jump” page betrayed the same giddiness: “An Echo of Watergate As Sondland Remarks…

Old NY Times: 'Deep State’ Doesn’t Exist. New NYT: 'Go Deep State!'

October 28th, 2019 5:43 PM
The New York Times has abruptly changed its tune on the “Deep State,” a name given to the entrenched bureaucracy supposedly determined to work via secret machinations and selective media leaks to bring down the Trump administration from within. As Trump and his Republican allies railed against the “Deep State,” the Times typically mocked the very idea as a phony conspiracy theory. The headline…

NYT's WH Scribe: Trump the ‘Foulmouthed, Thrice-Married Vulgarian'

October 1st, 2019 7:27 PM
Peter Baker, New York Times White House correspondent, reviewed Tom Lobianco’s book “Piety and Power -- Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House,” but reserved his most hostile, pungent criticism for Pence’s boss: "How does a devoted evangelical Christian serve a foulmouthed, thrice-married vulgarian who boasts of grabbing women by their private parts and paid hush money to a porn star…

NY Times Front-Page Story on Trump: 'Can His Word on Iran Be Trusted?'

September 19th, 2019 1:00 PM
New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger’s “news analysis” on the font page basically took Iran’s side in the fraught geopolitical confrontation over the recent attacks on oil fields in Saudi Arabia, against U.S. President Trump and his “tirades and untruths.” The online headline suggested Trump could be lying about the Iranian threat: “Trump’s Challenge: Can His Word on Iran…

NYTimes Gives Beto, All Dems Room to Blame Trump Rhetoric for El Paso

August 5th, 2019 2:03 PM
The New York Times’s lead story Monday morning was of course the mass murder of 29 people in two mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso. The second paragraph cast some blame at “angry words directed at immigrants...by right-wing pundits and President Trump.” The theme of Monday’s paper was to tie President Trump to the El Paso mass murderer. Peter Baker and Michael Shear’s “news analysis,” “In…

NY Times Offers Skimpy Coverage of Sharpton’s Past Bigotry

July 30th, 2019 11:39 AM
Over the last few days, President Donald Trump has used his Twitter account to go after Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings and “civil rights leader” Al Sharpton. The New York Times could not resist, featuring not one but two front-page stories Tuesday, while egregiously calling the racially inflammatory Sharpton a “civil rights leader” and blotting out his past offenses against decency. The Times…

Now the NY Times Tells Us: Mueller’s ‘Wobbly’ Testimony No Surprise

July 25th, 2019 12:08 PM

The New York Times gave former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill a negative review in Thursday’s edition, terming it “shaky” and “halting,” even “excruciatingly awkward,” while tucking in rumors that he wasn’t fully engaged in the prosecution. Can one detect some frustration, even embarrassment in the paper’s coverage, now that the former special counsel, whose…

NYT Perked Up in the PM: Democrats 'Painted' Trump as 'Risk to Nation'

July 24th, 2019 8:03 PM
Wednesday was Mueller Day on Capitol Hill. For seven hours the special counsel provided testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, carried live for those Americans still interested in his completed investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. electoral process in 2016. The Times saw "conservative conspiracy theories" and griped that Rep. Devin Nunes…