It isn’t often that a newspaper goes full-bore against a competing newspaper on its editorial page. But today’s the day.
Here is the first part of Today’s lead editorial in the New York Post, titled “Bogus Times scoops on Trump, Russia are recycled propaganda“:
Take a deep breath and realize how precious little substance there is in all the breathless reporting about supposed skulduggery by President Trump, his team and the Russian government. If the nation’s lucky, the coming congressional probes — and whatever surfaces from the apparent ongoing FBI investigation — may one day provide some clarity.
Hostile, hysterical reporting based on anonymous leaks provide no hard facts — just “narratives” that could come out of a creative-writing class.
Take Wednesday’s breathless New York Times story, “Trump Aides Had Contact With Russian Intelligence” — which was remarkable for containing the same facts the Times reported back in October as “Investigating Donald Trump, FBI Sees No Clear Link to Russia.”
Both reports say various Trumpites talked to figures in Russia’s government — but that US investigators found nothing to show they’d discussed the US election, or that anyone on Team Trump was even aware of any effort by Moscow to influence it.
Oh, and the Times also reported Jan. 19, “Intercepted Russian Communiques Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates.”
How many times can the Times recycle the same stuff and still call it news?
The source for all of it, time and again, is “current and former” officials — with no sense of how many are actually current, or how former officials know anything about an ongoing investigation.
Now that is a frontal attack.
The New York Post is directly accusing the New York Times of artificially building a case against Donald Trump by taking essentially the same information and presenting it over and over again as new.
Which, it seems clear, is exactly what The Times is doing.
Sadly, The New York Times is no longer functioning as an actual newspaper. I challenge you to find any edition in the past three months without at least three hit jobs on Donald Trump – usually five or six – and little, if any positive coverage.
Please keep in mind that this is NOT a sarcasm. It is completely accurate. Not a day goes by without this happening. Illustratively, on January 31, I blogged about the fact that, in the last two days, there were 16 negative articles and commentaries about Trump. 16 of them. Use the link and see for yourself.
So while it is surely self-serving for The Post to go after The Times, the basis for its attack – specifically on the rehashing of anti-Trump news, but more generally on the basis of The Times’ overt, unjournalistic hatred of Trump – happens to be true.
Shame on The Times for making it so.