Trump Goes Off on Weekend Tweet Storm Against ‘Dishonest’ NYT: ‘Fake News!’

Apparently President Trump “ate his Cheerios” on Saturday morning. Or maybe he got up on the wrong side of the presidential bed. Either way, the Tweeter-in-Chief, once again, went after one of his favorite targets right off the bat: the New York Times.

Trump blistered the “failing,” “dishonest” Times in three scathing tweets:

It was not immediately clear what set Trump off this time, but set off, he was. Regardless, he accused the Times of publishing “fake news,” yet failed to provide an example.

Meanwhile, over at Mediaite, J.D. Durkin jumped all over Trump about the tweets, most notably accusing the president of “perpetrating a blatant lie.”

The “blatant lie” in question? Trump’s assertion that the Times apologized to its subscribers and readers. Durkin wrote, in part:

“The Times has never apologized to its readers for the Trump phenomenon. It did, however, issue an poignant letter to its readers in mid-November from publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and executive editor Dean Baquet.

As we reflect on the momentous result, and the months of reporting and polling that preceded it, we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism,” Sulzberger and Baquet wrote on November 13th.”

Of that so-called poignant letter — which ran in the Times under the headline “To Our Readers, From the Publisher and Executive Editor” — Michael Goodwin of the rival New York Post wrote:

“The publisher’s letter to subscribers was part apology and part defense of its campaign coverage, but the key takeaway was a pledge to do better.

Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. admitted the paper failed to appreciate Donald Trump’s appeal.

While insisting his staff had “reported on both candidates fairly,” he also vowed that the paper would “rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor.

Ah, there’s the rub. Had the paper actually been fair to both candidates, it wouldn’t need to rededicate itself to honest reporting. And it wouldn’t have been totally blindsided by Trump’s victory.”

Exactly.

Whether to call the open letter an apology, an admission of guilt, an admission of bias, or all of the above, is mostly semantics, is it not? As Goodwin said, if one or all of these labels were not correct, the open letter wouldn’t have been written.

But to accuse Trump of “perpetuating a blatant lie” is disingenuous, at best.

What do you think?

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