Donald Trump jested on Sunday that he’s likely to get the New York Times’ endorsement in the 2020 election, because he’s driving sales and traffic to the paper, and it’s ultimately interested in making a profit.
Trump routinely claims that the news outlet ‘failing’ and would be out of business, if not for its critical coverage of his presidency. He seemed to sarcastically claim over the weekend that it might be enough to win its editorial board’s endorsement.
‘The New York Times will be out of business soon after I leave office, hopefully in 6 years. They have Zero credibility and are losing a fortune, even now, especially after their massive unfunded liability. I’m fairly certain they’ll endorse me just to keep it all going!’ he said in a new claim.
That morning he’d claimed the paper is an ‘evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party’ that pushes reporting that’s ‘so false, biased and evil that it has now become a very sick joke.’
He accused the the Times of shifting its narrative to the ‘Racism Witch Hunt’ now that the the special counsel investigation has concluded.
Donald Trump jested on Sunday that he’s likely to get the New York Times’ endorsement in the 2020 election , because he’s driving sales and traffic to the paper, and it’s ultimately interested in making a profit
He seemed to sarcastically claim over the weekend that it might be enough to win its editorial board’s endorsement
He insulted newspaper in several weekend tweets – even as he took questions from one of its star journalists and complimented her reporting as he ended his vacation.
White House reporter Maggie Haberman was traveling with the president on Sunday evening, when he held an extensive question and answer session lasting more than half an hour at the Morristown, New Jersey, airport before he flew to Washington.
The president tussled with journalists about the size of a crowd he had on Thursday evening, when Haberman was also on Air Force One, at a campaign rally at a Manchester arena.
Manchester’s fire marshal told DailyMail.com that Trump’s crowd exceeded one at an Elton John concert at the same venue, even though the upper tier and another section behind the press filing center were largely empty the entire Trump rally.
The president said Sunday, ‘Every place I go, we have lines outside. Then we have even phony stuff with that. You guys were in New Hampshire. Maggie was there.
‘You saw, that room was packed. And they had thousand — Maggie — there were thousands of people outside. And then, I see some phony website some wise guys put up. That place was packed,’ he said on Sunday.
The floor itself was full of cheering supporters, adding to the president’s total crowd count, and hundreds of Trump voters were kept outside once the fire marshal determined the arena was at capacity.
‘Look, we had, I think they said, 17,000 people outside that couldn’t get in. The fire marshals close it at a certain level. The arena announced — I don’t know the people at the arena — that I broke Elton John’s record. And then, I have fake news. The fact is that people tend, during a speech that I make, they love to come down to the floor if they’re sitting in the high areas,’ he explained.
Trump had been tweeting about the Times in the morning and launched a new attack shortly after arriving in Washington, D.C. the president, then back at the White House, decided to reopen his assault on the paper
Trump added, ‘But Maggie Haberman was very fair. And she was there and she saw the beginning of that speech. Every seat was packed. But then they tend to come down. They do it all the time.’
Shortly after arriving in Washington, D.C. the president, then back at the White House, decided to reopen his assault on the paper.
He seemed to be inspired by a Republican senator’s thread on the paper’s recent struggles with its coverage of the president.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was also on the attack, assailing the paper for it’s coverage of Trump’s language after Slate obtained audio from a town hall the newspaper hosted to review best practices on the framing of racism in the Trump era.
It had come under intense criticism for a headline that declared ‘TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM,’ and editor Dean Baquet told the newsroom, according to a transcript of the remarks, that the paper must do better in the future.
Baquet admitted the paper was caught ‘a little tiny bit flat-footed’ after Robert Mueller’s lackluster testimony to Congress in July.
‘I think that we’ve got to change. I mean, the vision for coverage for the next two years is what I talked about earlier: How do we cover a guy who makes these kinds of remarks? How do we cover the world’s reaction to him? How do we do that while continuing to cover his policies? How do we cover America, that’s become so divided by Donald Trump? How do we grapple with all the stuff you all are talking about?’ Baquet told staff.
He accused the the Times of shifting its narrative to the ‘Racism Witch Hunt’ now that the the special counsel investigation has concluded
He added, ‘How do we write about race in a thoughtful way, something we haven’t done in a large way in a long time? That, to me, is the vision for coverage. You all are going to have to help us shape that vision. But I think that’s what we’re going to have to do for the rest of the next two years.’
Conservative media sicced on Baquet’s remarks and Cruz followed suit on his social media account.
‘The NYT is destroying itself w/ Trump hatred. And it’s ultimately bad for freedom of the press when “journalists” openly revel in being partisan propagandists. When our Nation is so tribalised that each side has their own “news” & “facts” and we don’t even talk to each other, he said in one of the tweets.
The president tacked on to Cruz’s tweet, writing, ‘I couldn’t agree more!’
That morning, Trump claimed in tweets that Baquet said the Times plans to redirect its coverage from Mueller to allegations that the president is a racist in the leaked remarks.
Based on that reading of the editor’s comments about the Times’ coverage of the president, Trump asserted,’The Failing New York Times, in one of the most devastating portrayals of bad journalism in history, got caught by a leaker that they are shifting from their Phony Russian Collusion Narrative (the Mueller Report & his testimony were a total disaster), to a Racism Witch Hunt.
‘Journalism” has reached a new low in the history of our Country. It is nothing more than an evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party. The reporting is so false, biased and evil that it has now become a very sick joke…But the public is aware! #CROOKEDJOURNALISM’
In a Saturday tweet he said ‘once great paper’ is ‘such a disgrace’ as he amplified tweets from conservative journalists that were critical of Baquet’s remarks at the town hall.
The Times in a separate but related move demoted a deputy editor in Washington, Jonathan Weisman, after ‘serious lapses in judgment’ with respect to comments he made on his Twitter account about a group of minority congresswomen.
Trump mistakenly identified him as the deputy editor of the entire paper in a Thursday attack on social media.
He wrote, ‘Wow! The Deputy Editor of the Failing New York Times was just demoted. Should have been Fired! Totally biased and inaccurate reporting. The paper is a Fraud, Zero Credibility. Fake News takes another hit, but this time a big one!’
The president sometimes deletes tweets and resends them, but he did not correct that statement to characterize Weisman’s role at the paper accurately.