TelevisionGate: NY Times Takes its War on Trump to Gossip-y New Lows
Over the past three years, we’ve watched The New York Times sink to some pretty comical lows in their war against Donald Trump, but the hit piece they published on Tuesday might be their crowning glory. With a byline featuring none other than Her Highness Maggie Haberman (and Katie Rogers), the Times went to work informing us that there is something nefarious, disturbing, and shocking about President Trump telling aides aboard Air Force One that he doesn’t want CNN playing on the television sets.
“On the first couple’s recent trip overseas, Melania Trump’s television aboard Air Force One was tuned to CNN,” the Times wrote. “President Trump was not pleased.
“He raged at his staff for violating a rule that the White House entourage should begin each trip tuned to Fox – his preferred network over what he considers the ‘fake news’ CNN – and caused ‘a bit of a stir’ aboard Air Force One, according to an email obtained by The New York Times,” they reported. “The email, an internal exchange between officials in the White House Military Office and the White House Communications Agency last Thursday, also called for the ordering of two additional televisions to support Beam, a TiVo-like streaming device, to make sure the president and first lady could both watch TV in their separate hotel rooms when they travel.”
Perhaps that would make a good story for The Hollywood Reporter or White House Gossip Daily, but this is really what The New York Times went to press with? And slapped with a headline that told readers that Trump “rages against reality”? THIS is the kind of nonsense the Times prints at a juncture when they should be doing everything they can to disprove Trump’s claim that the fake news media is out to get him? They are like a woman addicted to the beatings doled out by an incorrigible husband; they just can’t help themselves from going back again and again. And every time they do, it only gets worse.
Perhaps knowing that this stupid email was not enough to build a story around on its own, Haberman and Rogers use it merely to illustrate their larger point – that Trump “is increasingly living in a world of selected information and bending the truth to his own narrative.”
Sharp-eyed readers of The New York Times will recall that this has been their take on Trump for most of the billionaire’s political career, so we guess we’re supposed to read some special meaning in the word “increasingly.” Another use of the word might be: The New York Times is increasingly willing to use trivial anecdotes to prop up their hatred for the President.