Comment by Jim Campbell
November 19th, 2019
This is complete and utter balderdash.
Trump racially biassed? Minorities have not had it this good in perhaps 50-years, employment is us, paychecks are up, vehicle and homeownership are up.
The leftist spinners just keep spinning.
First, the story comes from the New York Times, the original purveyor of fake news with a leftist’ cup of morning coffee.
Let’s be very clear, his so-called reporters are far more likely to be struck by lightning or waiting for a story such as this to fall from the sky as if it were sent from God Almighty.
If the President of the United States can’t call them what they are, that’s too bad.
Not to worry, the tired “Old Gray Lady,” will likely go into bankruptcy, she just doesn’t seem to want to die.
Dean Baquet decries the abuse of journalists and defends not calling president racist.
Jim Waterson Media editor
November 19, 2029
The executive editor of the New York Times has accused Donald Trump of putting his reporters’ lives at risk by subjecting them to personal abuse and describing them as “enemies of the people”.
Dean Baquet, who has led the news outlet during one of the most tumultuous periods in its history, said the US president’s history of verbal attacks on journalists such as the New York Times’s political reporter Maggie Haberman was “appalling” and risked having serious consequences.
“I think his personal attacks on reporters, including Maggie, are pretty awful and pretty unpresidential,” he said. “I think personal attacks on journalists when he calls them names, I think he puts their lives at risk.
“I think that when he actually calls reporters names, says they’re un-American, says they’re enemies of the people … that phrase has a deep history. I think when he says that, it is an appalling attack on the press.”
Baquet’s comments in an interview with the Times reflecting Trump’s lengthy history of abuse towards journalists in general and the New York Times in particular.
They echo comments from the newspaper’s publisher, AG Sulzberger, who has also clashed with Trump over his treatment of the media.
Last year Sulzberger said he had told Trump in a meeting that “this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”
The newspaper’s difficult relationship with the president has been among the defining features of Baquet’s editorship.
During his tenure the New York Times has also faced criticism from the left for refusing to call Trump racist or sexist, a decision that Baquet defended on the grounds that he was “not in a position to know whether he [makes comments] because he is a racist”.
Baquet said his job was “to cover the world with tremendous curiosity” rather than act as the opposition to the president – despite calls from many readers and some of his own staff to take a more directly critical approach to Trump.
Asked whether Trump was a racist, Baquet said: “I don’t know. I think Donald Trump says racially divisive things. [Where are the facts?]
I think that’s a little bit different.
I’m not in his head enough to know whether he says them because he wants to stoke his base.”
Baquet, the first black American to have edited the newspaper, said he was reluctant to allow his reporters to ascribe value judgments to the president, despite his string of outbursts.
“I will tell you the most powerful writing I’ve ever seen about race, as a black man who grew up in the south, did not use the word ‘racist.’
It quoted people saying what they had to say, and described the world they live in.
And you made your own judgment.
And the judgment was pretty clear.
And I think that’s the way to write about Donald Trump and everybody else. It’s just to let them talk.”