NY Times Publisher Fires Back at Trump: Accusing Paper of Treason ‘Crosses a Dangerous Line’


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The publisher of the New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, is publicly calling out President Donald Trump for crossing a “dangerous line” in his rhetoric attacking the press. Following a Times report about the U.S. targeting Russia’s power grid (of which Sulzberger says “his own aides had assured our reporters raised no national-security concerns”), Trump accused the paper of a “virtual act of Treason”:

Joe Biden Bigfoots NY Times on 18 Question Survey, Only 2020 Dem Who Refused to Participate


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Joe Biden left the Gray Lady out in the cold. On Wednesday, The New York Times posted videos of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates responding to an 18 question survey — including queries on a wide range of issues. Twenty-one candidates in the field participated in the questionnaire — taking time out during a period from late March through early June to respond. The former vice president, however, was the only candidate who spurned the paper of record’s attempts to go on the record. “Joseph R. Biden Jr. declined to participate despite repeated requests since late April,” the Times noted at the bottom of its story. No specific reason was given. Mediaite has reached out to the Biden campaign, and will update this post with their comment, should they provide a statement. The questionnaire, according to the Times, was designed to serve as something of a job interview. “[The
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MSNBC President Reportedly Met With NY Times Editor to Get Writers Back on Maddow After Alleged Ban


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MSNBC Prez Meets With NY Times Editor to Discuss Reported Maddow Ban MSNBC president Phil Griffin reportedly sat down with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet in an effort to get the paper’s journalists back on The Rachel Maddow Show amid what is said to be a Times-implemented ban. According to a report from CNN’s Brian Stelter, Griffin and Baquet sat down last week for a “lengthy lunch.” But Stelter — reporting through four sources with knowledge of the meeting — states that the situation remains at an impasse. This news follows a May 30 report from Vanity Fair in which the Times was said to be steering journalists away from Maddow and other cable shows it deems to be too partisan. Other programs cited in the Vanity Fair piece include; CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, and Hannity on Fox News (though Times journalists have seldom been invited on Fox Continue reading "MSNBC President Reportedly Met With NY Times Editor to Get Writers Back on Maddow After Alleged Ban"

This is the Charming Video of Joe Biden and 10-Year-Old Girl That The Right (and NYT) is Freaking About


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Right-wingers and other political opponents are jumping all over former Vice President and 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden for”creepy” “touching” of a young girl at a campaign rally, an attack that is being amplified by The New York Times despite the fact that the video of the event shows this to be a complete misrepresentation. You can Google the headlines yourself, but conservative websites like The Daily Wire, Twitchy, Gateway Pundit, and RedState are promoting the smear that Biden inappropriately touched a 10-year-old girl at an American Federation of Teachers event in Houston Tuesday night. One headline read, in part, “Joe Biden gets handsy with young girl,” while another said “Joe Biden Goes Full Creeper Again With a 10 Year Old Girl.” The “incident” also drew reaction from Biden opponents on the left, like Bernie Sanders supporter Shaun King, who, like many of the outraged, appeared to be Continue reading "This is the Charming Video of Joe Biden and 10-Year-Old Girl That The Right (and NYT) is Freaking About"

NYT Gets Absolutely Dragged for Charting Trump’s Insults: ‘WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!’


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An aide to then-president-elect Donald Trump carries a framed New York Times front page featuring his election win. Critics are attacking the NYT for creating an interactive article featuring insults he has directed at people over the years. The New York Times took a beating on Memorial Day weekend for a second time over a story detailing the insults Trump has hurled at Democratic presidential candidates, complete with a handy chart. The “Gray Lady” was already black and blue after writing that former Trump official Hope Hicks faced an “existential question” over whether to comply with a subpoena, and getting blasted for their trouble. Then, the paper published an article entitled “The Insults Trump Has Hurled at 2020 Democrats,” which featured a chart listing each insult, as well as a timeline. The effort drew widespread scorn from journalists and politicos alike, who criticized the paper for amplifying Trump’s attacks without comment. Among those slamming the Times were former Obama officials like Tommy Vietor and Dan Pfeiffer, and Obama White House photographer Pete Souza:

NY Times Blasted For Story Framing Hope Hicks Deciding Whether to Comply With Subpoena as ‘Existential Question’


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New York Times Blasted For Hope Hicks Story The New York Times is under fire over a piece in which it framed a decision over whether to comply with a Congressional subpoena as an “existential question.” In the story, Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman wrote that former White House communications director Hope Hicks “is facing an existential question: whether to comply with a congressional subpoena in the coming weeks.” The framing faced criticism from many including several members of Congress. Notably, Rep.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) weighed in via Twitter. “What gets me is news breaks that this woman is weighing committing a crime before Congress & it’s getting framed by the NYT as some Lifetime drama called ‘Hope’s Choice,'” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “This is a fmr admin official considering participating in a coverup led by the President. Treat her equally.”

Trump Denies WH Infighting on Middle East Policy, Decries ‘Fake News’ NY Times and WaPo


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President Donald Trump took to Twitter this afternoon to deny there’s “infighting” in his administration following reports from what he decried as the “Fake News.” As the New York Times reported this week, “there are sharp divisions in the administration over how to respond to Iran at a time when tensions are rising about Iran’s nuclear policy and its intentions in the Middle East.” The president lashed out on Twitter this afternoon at the “Fake News” and denied there’s any infighting:

Juan Williams Clashes With Fox Co-Hosts Over Trump’s Finances: ‘He Had His Daddy to Bail Him Out!’


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Fox News’ The Five opened this afternoon mocking the New York Times report on ten years of President Donald Trump‘s tax information. Greg Gutfeld said this isn’t news to anyone and suggested, “Here’s an idea. Get the rich kid who owns the Times to turn over his 1040s.” He laughed at the media coverage of the Times report and said, “They keep stepping on the same rake and getting whacked in the head again and again. As all those anti-Trump headlines keep falling flat.” Jesse Watters defended Trump’s business record and took a shot at the Times, bringing up when they “lost a billion dollars buying the Boston Globe.” “He may have lost a lot of money but now he has towers all over the globe,” Watters said. “He’s got great golf courses, and he has the presidency. Pretty good.” Juan Williams responded, “I Continue reading "Juan Williams Clashes With Fox Co-Hosts Over Trump’s Finances: ‘He Had His Daddy to Bail Him Out!’"

NY Times Columnist David Brooks: Trump is the ‘Greatest Con Man in American History’


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Right-leaning New York Times David Brooks — never the biggest fan of President Donald Trump — came with possibly his most blistering critique ever following his paper’s expose on the commander-in-chief’s tax returns and business losses. Appearing on Andrea Mitchell Reports, Brooks pulled no punches in his assessment of the President’s past as a businessman. “He is the greatest con man in American history,” Brooks said. “And this is before he became president. He conned us all into thinking he was a successful businessman. And then later when people realized he was not a successful businessman, he conned people into electing him president.” Brooks went on to spell out one particular money-making gambit of the president’s — one which the Times columnist called out for being ethically questionable, to say the least. “He did it through a lot of nefarious ways,” Brooks said. “Some ways he raised capital Continue reading "NY Times Columnist David Brooks: Trump is the ‘Greatest Con Man in American History’"

MSNBC Host to NY Times Reporter on Trump Aide Story: ‘How is This Not Spying?’


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The story is headlined: “F.B.I. Sent Investigator Posing as Assistant to Meet With Trump Aide in 2016.” And to hear Willie Geist discuss it, its conclusion seems clear. Friday on Morning Joe, New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt — one of the authors of the story mentioned above, which details how the FBI sent an undercover investigator to meet with former President Donald Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos — stopped by to discuss his piece. And Geist led off with a question which is, in his words, “on a lot of people’s minds.” “How is this not spying?” Geist asked Schmidt. Schmidt replied, “Well, I guess it depends on your definition of spying.” The Times reporter went on to elaborate — saying that the FBI’s reason for infiltrating the campaign was to figure out the scale of the threat posed by Russian interference. Continue reading "MSNBC Host to NY Times Reporter on Trump Aide Story: ‘How is This Not Spying?’"

NY Times Publisher Says in Memo They’re ‘Taking Disciplinary Steps’ With Editor Who Published Anti-Semitic Cartoon


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The New York Times is taking further action in response to the anti-Semitic cartoon that ran in its international edition. Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger sent out a memo today announcing several steps they’re taking, including “changing our production processes to ensure adequate oversight and address issues with the international Opinion pages that enabled this mistake.” He said the Times it no longer running “syndicated cartoons, which are created by those with no direct ties to The Times,” their contract with CartoonArts International has been cancelled, and they are “taking disciplinary steps” with the editor who ran with it. Sulzberger also announced that the Times‘ bias training will be updated “to ensure it includes a direct focus on anti-Semitism”:
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NY Times Editorial Board Criticizes Paper for Publishing ‘Obviously Bigoted’ Anti-Semitic Cartoon


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The New York Times editorial board has put out an editorial tonight criticizing the paper for the publication of an anti-Semitic cartoon in its international edition. The Times put out a statement over the weekend expressing regret for the cartoon, then apologized in their second statement. Columnist Bret Stephens excoriated the paper in his column for running the “despicable” cartoon. And now the paper’s editorial board has written a piece on how the Times must learn from history:
The Times published an appalling political cartoon in the opinion pages of its international print edition late last week. It portrayed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel as a dog wearing a Star of David on a collar. He was leading President Trump, drawn as a blind man wearing a skullcap. The cartoon was chosen from a syndication service by a production editor who did not recognize its anti-Semitism. Yet however it Continue reading "NY Times Editorial Board Criticizes Paper for Publishing ‘Obviously Bigoted’ Anti-Semitic Cartoon"

NY Times Issues Statement on Anti-Semitic Cartoon That Ran in Int’l Edition: ‘Error of Judgment fo Publish’


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The New York Times has issued a statement admitting a serious error in running an anti-Semitic cartoon in its international edition. The cartoon in question, per the Jerusalem Post, ran in the Opinion section of the international edition of the paper next to a Thomas Friedman column. The Times issued a brief statement Saturday morning admitting to an “error of judgment,” which is putting it lightly:
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WATCH: NY Times Columnist Thomas Friedman Comes Out in Favor of a ‘High Wall’ With Big, Smart Gate at Border


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President Donald Trump‘s southern border wall has an unlikely new proponent. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, on Tuesday, penned an op-ed in which he chronicled a recent visit to a port of entry in San Diego — calling it a “troubling scene.” Friedman went on to concur with much of the President’s assessment of the situation at the border. “The whole day left me more certain than ever that we have a real immigration crisis and that the solution is a high wall with a big gate — but a smart gate,” Friedman wrote. Wednesday night on CNN, Friedman elaborated on his stance. “I’m as radically pro-immigration as they come,” Friedman said. “But it’s pretty clear to me that unless we can assure a significant number of Americans that we can control our border, we’re never going to have the proper immigration flow I think we Continue reading "WATCH: NY Times Columnist Thomas Friedman Comes Out in Favor of a ‘High Wall’ With Big, Smart Gate at Border"

Shots Fired! NYT Reports Mayor Pete Called Bernie Sanders a ‘Novelty’


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The New York Times injected some drama into the 2020 Democratic presidential race by reporting that Mayor Pete Buttigieg escalated his attacks on Bernie Sanders by calling his 2016 run a “novelty,” and casting doubt on Sanders’ ability to win this time around. That’s how NYT reporter Jonathan Martin characterized Buttigieg’s remarks in a tweet promoting his lengthy profile of Beto O’Rourke and Buttigieg campaigning in New Hampshire. The “NEWS,” Martin wrote, is that after suggesting Sanders and Trump “are different sides of same coin,” Buttigieg “escalates” by saying “Bernie lacks the ‘novelty’ he had in ‘16 & doubts he can win general.”

Here’s what The New York Times’ The Upshot looks like five years in


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Nate Silver left The New York Times. And The Upshot was born. Okay, so it was a little more complicated than that. But the departure of Silver’s FiveThirtyEight franchise (first to ESPN, then to ABC News) left a hole where the regular application of statistical modeling to topics of news interest had been. Less than a year later, the wonky, data-viz-filled subsite The Upshot reinjected some of the formats and techniques of the academic, policy, and political blogging worlds into the Times — with perhaps a more Times-friendly voice. As then-public editor Margaret Sullivan put it, “I don’t think Nate Silver ever really fit into the Times culture and I think he was aware of that. He was, in a word, disruptive. Much like the Brad Pitt character in the movie ‘Moneyball’ disrupted the old model of how to scout baseball players, Nate disrupted the traditional model of
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What will journalism do with 5G’s speed and capacity? Here are some ideas, from The New York Times and elsewhere


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If there’s one thing you can count on in modern life, one truism that will never let you down, it is this: You want more Gs. That’s true in the thousands-of-dollars sense, and it’s definitely true in the better-mobile-networks sense. And from a media perspective, better networks tend to produce, or at least emphasize, different types of content. The first iPhone allowed only 2G data, which had roughly the throughput of passing a manila folder with one sticky note inside, and publishers stuck to the relatively basic webpages they were serving their still-partially-dialup desktop audiences. Then 3G came along and enabled the boom in podcasts: downloading shows over the air solved the usability problems attached to transferring MP3s via cable and dock, and podcast episodes were just big enough to be annoying over 2G but still small enough to not choke 3G. Then 4G and LTE made mobile video Continue reading "What will journalism do with 5G’s speed and capacity? Here are some ideas, from The New York Times and elsewhere"

NY Times Deletes Tweets Scolding Twitter User for Joke About Winner of Crossword Getting to Execute a Pundit


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The Twitter account for the New York Times crossword deleted several tweets — which they said violated their “social media guidelines” — that were in response to a joke account satirically posting about the puzzle winner of the day being allowed to “execute one pundit of your choice.” The Times crossword account quickly replied to the popular Twitter user — a leftist who goes by the handle @DxGGEAUX. “Woah there, cowperson,” the Times tweeted. “We don’t joke about executing journalists around these parts.” “It’s not true and it’s not funny. Someone Continue reading "NY Times Deletes Tweets Scolding Twitter User for Joke About Winner of Crossword Getting to Execute a Pundit"

LA Times Wins April Fools’ by Trolling New York City: ‘A Largely Culturally Bereft Island’


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Undoubtedly, most of the April Fools’ gags you’ve seen on Twitter and elsewhere this Monday have been dreadful. The Los Angeles Times, though, managed to come up with one which makes suffering through the rest of them totally worth it. Lucas Kwan Peterson, a food columnist for the paper, penned a brilliant satirical piece trolling the Times’ cross-country rival, The New York Times, as well as the entire city of New York. Here’s the Tweet promoting Peterson’s story: The piece itself did not disappoint. Take the lead paragraph:
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MSNBC’s David Gura Defends NY Times, WaPo Pulitzers for Russia Coverage After Trump Says They Should Be Revoked


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MSNBC’s David Gura this morning defended the New York Times and Washington Post after President Donald Trump went after both on Twitter again. Trump, as Gura put it, “renewed his attacks on journalists” and called for the papers’ Pulitzer for Russia coverage to be taken away: “The two papers did not win a Pulitzer for coverage of collusion,” Gura responded. “They won it… ‘for deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that drastically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections Continue reading "MSNBC’s David Gura Defends NY Times, WaPo Pulitzers for Russia Coverage After Trump Says They Should Be Revoked"