Anti-Trump Reporters: How Dare You Use Our Own Words Against Us!
The New York Times was in full outrage bloom on Monday, whining about a “loose network of conservative operatives” working hard to discredit the Times and other news outlets who focus most of their energies hating on President Donald Trump. The Times explained that these conservative operatives were engaged in a bevy of sins against the media class, the most egregious being that they were looking through “social media posts and other public statements” to find damaging material to be used against hostile reporters. Put another way: They’re using the reporters’ own words against them, those scoundrels!
We particularly enjoyed this bit:
It is not possible to independently assess the claims about the quantity or potential significance of the material the pro-Trump network has assembled. Some involved in the operation have histories of bluster and exaggeration. And those willing to describe its techniques and goals may be trying to intimidate journalists or their employers.
But the material publicized so far, while in some cases stripped of context or presented in misleading ways, has proved authentic, and much of it has been professionally harmful to its targets.
Ha! These are known liars and deceivers, ladies and gentlemen, and they may lie or deceive you in the future. Um, but yeah, all the stuff they’ve put out there so far is pretty much true. Which, you know, puts them a fair piece ahead of The New York Times, as far as accurate reporting is concerned.
Digging through old interviews and social media posts for damaging information is, of course, one of the left-wing media’s favorite pastimes, so it’s clear that it’s not the tactics themselves that bother The Times. No, they just don’t like to see those tactics used against them.
But that didn’t stop Times’ publisher A.G. Sulzberger from climbing his highest horse to condemn the “attacks.”
“They are seeking to harass and embarrass anyone affiliated with the leading news organizations that are asking tough questions and bringing uncomfortable truths to light,” Sulzberger said. “The goal of this campaign is clearly to intimidate journalists from doing their job, which includes serving as a check on power and exposing wrongdoing when it occurs. The Times will not be intimidated or silenced.”
Good. Don’t be. But if you’re going to dedicate your paper to smearing Trump and everyone who works for Trump based on anything and everything they’ve ever said or done, don’t be surprised when the world holds you to your own standards. And don’t pretend like it’s somehow unfair that Arthur Schwartz and Breitbart are pulling social media quotes from when these journalists were in college; age didn’t stop you from smearing young Nick Sandmann with your filthy “journalism,” and we don’t recall you ever saying, about Brett Kavanaugh, “Ah, well, he was in high school…”
The mainstream media has declared war on conservative America. And just as Steve Bannon says in the Times article: “There are casualties in war.”