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NYT Signals Change in Trump Editorial Narrative From Collusion to Racism

NYT Trump Editorial Narrative collusion racismFollowing backlash by high-profile Democrats over a New York Times story that headlined President Trump’s call for national unity against racism in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the Times’ executive editor convened a meeting of newsroom staff to address concerns that the “independent” news source was becoming too soft in its coverage of the president and needed to intensify its portrayal of Trump as a racist.

The August 5 Times story, originally headlined “Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism,” reported in the first paragraph that President Trump had “denounced white supremacy in the wake of twin mass shootings over the weekend, and citing the threat of ‘racist hate,’ he summoned the nation to address what he called a link between the recent carnage and violent video games, mental illness and internet bigotry.”

The article went on to complain that Trump had “stopped well short of endorsing the kind of broad gun control measures that activists, Democrats and some Republicans have sought for years, such as tougher background checks for gun buyers and the banning of some weapons and accessories such as high-capacity magazines.”

However, after some Democrat personalities loudly complained over the headline’s implication that Trump may be less than a virulent racist, the Times quickly changed the headline to read “Assailing Hate But Not Guns,” and later to “Trump Condemns White Supremacy but Stops Short of Major Gun Controls” — neither of which could stem leftist outrage.

Among the Democrat notables sounding off over the headline were failing presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke, who assailed the headline as “unbelievable,” and Cory Booker, who admonished the paper that “lives literally depend on you doing better, NYT. Please do.”

Similarly, New York Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez insisted that the headline amounted to a “reminder of how white supremacy is aided by — and often relies upon — the cowardice of mainstream institutions.”

And New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted: “Hey, nytimes, what happened to ‘The Truth Is Worth It?’ Not the truth. Not worth it.”

In the wake of the backlash, the Times’ executive editor, Dean Baquet, summoned journalists and other newsroom staff for a convocation to address the impression that the newspaper’s coverage of Trump was losing its edge in holding “the administration to account.”

In the hour and fifteen minute meeting, Baquet observed to his staff that the paper’s coverage of the president was transitioning “from being a story about whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character.”

Baquet admitted that the Times’ editorial powers had “built our newsroom to cover one story” — which ultimately turned out to be based on contrived and phony evidence — “and we did it truly well.” However, with Robert Mueller’s admission that there had been no collusion and no obstruction for which the president could be indicted, “we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.”

Baquet noted that when “Bob Mueller walked off that witness stand, two things happened. Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, ‘Holy s***, Bob Mueller is not going to do it.’” The second thing that happened was that “the story changed,” said Baquet, with a resulting change in the theme of the Times’ ongoing Trump narrative to racism.

Addressing the paper’s “vision for coverage for the next two years,” Baquet reflected: “How do we cover a guy who makes these kinds of [allegedly racist] remarks? How do we cover the world’s reaction to him?… How do we cover America, that’s become so divided by Donald Trump? How do we grapple with all the stuff you all are talking about? How do we write about race in a thoughtful way, something we haven’t done in a large way in a long time? That, to me, is the vision for coverage.”

In covering the insider Times meeting, CNN expressed frustration that, regardless of a lack of clear evidence, the Times has not joined it and other major media organs in aggressively labeling President Trump a racist.

“Unlike some other major newsrooms,” reported CNN impatiently, “more than two years into Trump’s presidency, the Times has not plainly labeled Trump’s series of racist actions and statements as such. Instead, Baquet has opted to explain what Trump has said, allowing readers to decide for themselves whether they consider his comments racist.”

One Times staffer unintentionally revealed his superior, elitist mentality with regard to at least some of the Times readership, arguing that such traditional journalism might be “well intentioned,” but it is ultimately ineffective at leading Times readers to the desired conclusion that Trump is a racist.

“It puts a burden on readers and especially those who are maybe less savvy,” the unidentified Times staffer told CNN. “And when the stakes are so high and so many people feel personally threatened and there’s real danger in the air, the show don’t tell approach feels inadequate.”

Reprinted with permission from - The New American - by Dave Bohon

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Denise

Not sure why anyone would continue to read the lies the NYT writes. It is plain they like the demos are the ones that are racists and anti American. President Trump is the best president America has had in a long time and he is working hard to make America Great again. Something ALL Americans should want!

Robert

It’s not the President that is dividing the country, it is the Democrats and the left. It is their MO. It is their only way to power, keep the people at each other’s throats to distract them while the left steals their freedoms and liberties. They use lies and propaganda to put one group against another. They’re arrogance is breathtaking. They believe that they are the only enlighten ones and it is they who should rule over all us ignorant peasants. They want to institute a modern day feudal system called socialism.

TomB

NYT is morphing into the old Soviet State propaganda paper PRAVDA … remember? They can’t be trusted. They should be ashamed.

Lloyd 1954

NYT kowtowing to Democratic politicians shows it is no longer a free and independent press. It needs to have its constitutional privileges revoked and designated as an advocacy group for the Democratic Party.

Stephen Russell

Unsubscribe from NYT, Chap 13 NYT, Then they get the message. Rigged media campaign totally against US voters & Pres Trump.
Were ALL Racists to the NYT since we voted for Pres Trump OK people

Elaine

How many remember President Obama televising his speech on the Ferguson protests? That was very divisive and racist, but no one would have dared label him racist. Racism isn’t whites against blacks or blacks against whites, it is anger and hatred against an opposing view and using that as power to subdue the other person.
The Democrats are so focused on gaining complete power that they are not representing their voters or honoring their oath to serve their country.
It is just greed and power they are after.

Rick J.

A once great newspaper has lost all objectivity and become a propaganda machine for the left
And they can’t understand why their readership has declined!

Bo Dalton

When you have two mentally deficient individuals such as Beto and Cory, you wonder why anyone with any credibility would even pay any attention to their babble !!

Brenda Blunt

I don’t read that paper. The media is maki g their own news to sell papers. They do not care if the truth is the truth. They are trying to ruin USA and as such, they should leave!!!

Burnt Orange

Seems the NYT wants to set the national agenda for other outlets to move the fake news narrative to “racism” after the FAKE collusion narrative collapsed. Don’t apologize for lying and misleading the nation for over two years. This FAKE news has become a real threat to Americans ability to make reasoned decisions. NYT is leading the mob of dishonest media outlets around by the nose. They are intentionally doing everything they can to gt rid of a duly elected POTUS. After 2020 election IF Trump gets elected we will see almost frenzied effort to wreck his Administration.

Mike

What do you expect from a town AND state full of pathetic losers.

Archie Higgins

FACT: the left will not stop call the right racist! Maybe it’s time to use it against them or at less make fun of them? 1. why do they take down history? because they have none and want some? taking down the confederate flag must be some kind of envy=no history! point being it’s better to be a racist than a coward? anyone that covers there head must be one??

Katja

Once again the rabid Democrat Socialists have their dirty hands in our press. They would not know the truth if they were slapped on the side of their heads. I am no longer affiliated with any party. I am a conservative who loves America, like minded people. I believe in one power and it sure isn’t humans. Our country is being attacked by mentally unstable politicians and it is time to assess our loyalties and fight back. My loyalties lie with God and our great America.

Robert

RUSSIA! No? COLLUSION! No? RACIST! They offer Comrades and Bankrupcy and wonder why people ignore them

Marilyn Clayton

Consider the source the NYT just another bias media source!!!! So sick of the bias media creating hate towards our great President. I still fell strongly because of all they are putting him through he us still going to go down in history as our greatest president ever. We the people stand behind our a President for 2020

WAYNE LIPPERT

Who is it that’s dividing America? Not the President.

Joseph

This is so disgraceful! Had you told me when I was 18 what would be going on today in this country,I never would have believed it!
And listening to “beto” soy boy orourke, who doesn’t even hold a public office!!?? May as well listen to a wino sleeping in the gutter!😡

Susie

I agree with you all. So many papers are doing the same thing trying to trash Mr Trump no matter what he says or does. They are trying hard to push their choice of party and beliefs, well ok it’s your choice, BUT I will always stand for USA and freedom, and I feel that will always come from the right side of the boat. I don’t agree with all things said or done, but no one is perfect. Just a friendly reminder, gun control, the finger is just a tool, the MIND is the weapon, if one wants, one will find a way to do wrong. Excuses to constantly stir the pot, to keep constant turmoil is the name of the game for the Dems, and yesterday is gone, can’t do a thing to undo, to do right going forward in a proper manner, every one equally important. need… Read more »

Anthony Dellisola

The New York Times is a struggling newspaper that needs as much sensationalism as possible to keep it from going out of business. Its readership is way down.

Diana

These lying vile reporters politicians all need Sued is it not against the law to slander lie and out right attack people including the President something needs done with this lying to the American People just to get elected we need Honest, Truthful, Trustworthy, and Morals in our government not what we have had for the last 40-50 years We the People need to Demand this of Our Representatives, if they can’t be all the above then don’t even try running for any office in our government Trump has been the most honest President we have ever had he is not perfect, but he sure tries to do what he promised when he was running for office so glad he won we need all our politicians to take a lesson from him, and we need to find away to remove those who do not honor the oath they took, Our… Read more »