President Donald Trump and the publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, engaged in a fierce public clash Sunday over Trump’s threats against journalism, after Sulzberger said the president misrepresented a private meeting and Trump accused The Times and other papers of putting lives at risk with irresponsible reporting.
Trump said on Twitter that he and Sulzberger had discussed “the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, ‘Enemy of the People.’ Sad!”
The NYT is the paragon of PC on a worldwide scale:
In a five-paragraph statement issued two hours after the tweet, Sulzberger said he had accepted Trump’s invitation for the July 20 meeting mainly to raise his concerns about the president’s “deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric.”
Ever noticed how only PC people are “deeply troubled”? The rest of us, being deplorables, don’t have feelings — which is why it is perfectly ok to call us nasty names.
“I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” said Sulzberger, who became publisher of The Times on Jan. 1.
“Divisive” is also a codeword, meaning “doesn’t agree with political correctness. “Increasingly dangerous” to whom? Why, to the great globalist PC project of course — goes without saying.
“I told him that although the phrase ‘fake news’ is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists ‘the enemy of the people,’” Sulzberger continued. “I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”
Ah, the threats: “lead to violence”. Perhaps that means more Antifia, riots, cop-shooting, and all the rest of the leftist political violence? Or are they feeling a little insecure themselves, as “journalists”?
(UPDATE from John Hinderaker: “Apparently the AP did not seek comment from Steve Scalise, Sarah Sanders or Kirstjen Nielsen.”)
Trump isn’t having any of it:
“I will not allow our great country to be sold out by anti-Trump haters in the dying newspaper industry,” he wrote. “The failing New York Times and the Amazon Washington Post do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements — and they will never change!”
Sulzberger said he bore no illusions that his comments would prompt Trump to curb his attacks on the news media. He said he encouraged the president to complain about news coverage in The Times that he viewed as unfair. But he appealed to him not to systematically attack journalists and journalism around the world.
Why not? Journalists and journalism around the world systematically attack Trump and non-PC people. Why should the punches only go one way? That’s how it was until Trump came along…
John Hinderaker again:
The Times has viciously attacked President Trump on a daily basis since the primary campaign in 2016, both in its editorials and in its news coverage. The paper has committed itself to the “Resistance” and is openly trying to destroy the administration. Nothing Trump says about the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and other Democratic Party outlets is too harsh. They have completely abandoned traditional standards of objective journalism.
UPDATE on media bias: