For months, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has trashed the New York Times (as well as other news outlets) for basically not kissing his ring.
However, the NYT had mainly stayed above the fray in trying not to seem vindictive or unfair toward the native New Yorker. However, it seems that now the paper is ready to take off the gloves and brawl on 5th Avenue with the billionaire bully.
The writers at Quartz discovered that “in at least five articles in the New York Times on Sept. 17, including the lead story in the print edition, the words ‘lie,’ ‘false,’ ‘falsely claimed’ and ‘untrue’ appeared in headlines, lead paragraphs, and top sections of the paper’s Trump coverage.”
Executive editor Dean Baquet said that “I think our investigative work—see [the Sept. 17] story on Trump’s tax breaks—has always been hard hitting. But we have decided to be more direct in calling things out when a candidate actually lies…The birther issue represents, well, outright lying. And he lied over a long period. It is a real word and we will use it when warranted.”
There has been some speculation that Trump’s now infamous news conference fake-out may have been the final straw. The incident in question consisted of the GOP candidate tricking the news media into giving his 30-plus minute hotel/campaign infomercial free press coverage with the promise of answering questions regarding his “change of heart” concerning the “birther” movement that he started.
After Trump made his statement declaring that President Obama was born in the U.S., he immediately left the stage, leaving behind an outraged press corps.
Hopefully, it’s not too late for others to take the Times’ lead and start calling Trump out for what he is: a liar.
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