In a piece published Monday to highlight President Donald Trump’s “ominous” war on the American free press, The New York Times only succeeded in showing the world why this president and his supporters are so sick of the ideology-and-narrative driven nonsense that explodes from their rag on a daily basis.
Calling 2019 the “darkest yet for journalists in the Trump era,” the paper cited everything from a random video playing at his Miami resort to the president’s use of the term “fake news” to prove that reporters are in some sort of mortal jeopardy.
“Mr. Trump’s vilification of the news media is a hallmark of his tenure and a jagged break from the norms of his predecessors: Once a global champion of the free press, the presidency has become an inspiration to autocrats and dictators who ape Mr. Trump’s cry of ‘fake news,’” they wrote.
The New York Times did not, of course, mention that the Trump administration has censored nothing. They didn’t mention that the federal government under Trump has imprisoned no journalist for the crime of reporting fake news. They did actually mention that Trump is far more accessible to reporters than his predecessor, but they managed to muddy that faint praise by complaining that he often talks to journalists with a loud, whirring helicopter in the background. This puts the free press in danger…somehow.
“Mr. Trump has long oscillated between taunting, cajoling, criticizing, and manipulating the journalists who cover him,” whined the Times. “Domestically, journalists in Washington say Mr. Trump’s behavior this year has only deepened their unease.”
Okay? And we’re supposed to care about these reporters and their unfounded “unease”…why, exactly?
Especially when they are this stupid: “For Mr. [Jonathan] Karl, who reports for ABC News, the year’s ‘most chilling moment’ came when a video that depicted Mr. Trump as a mass murderer, shooting and stabbing members of the press, was screened at a retreat for the president’s supporters at the Trump National Doral Miami resort.”
Oh yes, one of the most idiotic fake news stories of the year – so good of you to bring it up, NY Times! As you’ll recall, after 24 hours of some of the most inane hysteria we’ve seen from the Fourth Estate in some time, it was revealed that this video was playing (among others) in an empty room at Doral and was not sanctioned, approved, or even known about by anyone in the Trump administration. Half the people who attended that retreat were undoubtedly surprised to learn that this room even existed, much less that it was playing a parody of a scene from “The Kingsman: Secret Service.”
Well, the Times is right about one thing: 2019 was a dark year for journalists. Just not in the same way they think.