The former executive editor of New York Times has slammed the paper for its anti-Trump bias and obvious work as a public relations arm of Hillary R. Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid, according to excerpts from her upcoming book.
According to Fox News, who first published the excerpts, Jill Abramson describes the paper as “unmistakably anti-Trump.”
Abramson was the executive editor of the former paper of record from 2011-2014. She was fired after at least a year’s worth of turbulence with Dean Baquet, the paper’s managing editor at the time. She bashed Baquet for turning the paper into an “opposition party.”
“Though Baquet said publicly he didn’t want the Times to be the opposition party, his news pages were unmistakably anti-Trump,” Abramson said in the book. “Some headlines contained raw opinion, as did some of the stories that were labeled as news analysis.”
Baquet has described Trump’s attacks on the press as “out of control.” But Abramson’s harsh criticism suggests that Trump’s criticism might be warranted. Baquet is now the executive editor of the paper.
Of his many clashes with Abramson, “Baquet burst out of Abramson’s office, slammed his hand against a wall and stormed out of the newsroom,” according to POLITICO. The piece also interviewed Times staffers who described Abramson as “impossible” and “very, very unpopular.”
Abramson blamed some of the paper’s biased reporting on “woke” liberal journalists and financial incentive for bashing Trump.
“Given its mostly liberal audience, there was an implicit financial reward for the Times in running lots of Trump stories, almost all of them negative: they drove big traffic numbers and, despite the blip of cancellations after the election, inflated subscription orders to levels no one anticipated,” Abramson said in the book.
“The more ‘woke’ staff thought that urgent times called for urgent measures; the dangers of Trump’s presidency obviated the old standards,” she reportedly said.
Of course, Abramson was not completely contrite, claiming that the Times, which initially reported the Clinton email scandal, “made some bad judgment calls and blew its Clinton coverage out of proportion…”
Abramson’s book is called “Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts.”
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Jennifer Rubin Calls for Biden to Accuse Trump of Willingness to Kill People
A new low.
Washington Post neoconservative pundit Jennifer Rubin called for Joe Biden to descend to a new political low in a Thursday tweet, stating that the presumptive Democratic nominee needed to accuse Donald Trump of “willingness to kill people.“
If Biden is serious about winning he needs to accuse Trump of willingness to kill people. https://t.co/JiTMMGvDBE
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) April 10, 2020
Rubin has become increasingly unhinged in recent months, and now appears prepared to utilize the vicious vitriol she previously reserved for Bernie Sanders and his supporters on Donald Trump and his voters.
It goes without saying that Rubin’s call for Biden to attack Trump in such a sensational matter doesn’t even make sense. She’s framing Trump’s supposed willingness to kill people around the response to the coronavirus, but deaths from a naturally occurring virus are not the same thing as a president consciously choosing to kill people, let alone his own citizens.
Rubin has claimed that less Democrats will die of the Chinese coronavirus in the coming weeks and months because they’re supposedly less liable to conservative “misinformation” and will follow the experts. She seems to have missed that the coronavirus epidemic is most severe in reliably liberal and Democratic states such as New York, which has incurred the greatest individual share of American coronavirus casualties by far.
Joe Biden, to the extent that he has any power over his own campaign message and rhetoric, probably isn’t going to follow Rubin’s hysterical advice. Biden has avoided overtly political attacks against Trump involving the coronavirus, realizing that most Americans aren’t looking for everyday partisan politics in the midst of the historically unprecedented pandemic.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has admitted that President Trump has delivered in a meaningful fashion for his state, in any case. Perhaps Rubin should consider that Democratic governors are touting their fruitful cooperation with Trump before ascribing murderous intent to the President.
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