The New York Times is in a tizzy because undercover journalism-provocateur James O’Keefe, armed with a video camera, has ensnared The Gray Lady telling Americans what they already know: It is really more dedicated to fighting Trump than it is to “objective” journalism.
Don’t misunderstand me: I think “objective” journalism is a figment of the imagination, and actually never existed; outside those bygone days of halcyon past, before the muckraker came along, and, you know… mucked it all up.
Fair, balanced, well-edited, politically neutral journalism? Sure. The New York Times is none of these.
Here’s more evidence, courtesy of O’Keefe’s Project Veritas:
Among the tasty morsels dropped in the video of London senior editor Des Shoe, who edits the homepage of the Times, was that the paper of record was highly interested in tilting the election against Trump and for Hillary Clinton:
“I think one of the things that maybe journalists were thinking about is like…Oh, if we write about him, about how insanely crazy he is and how ludicrous his policies are, then maybe people will read it and be like, oh wow, we shouldn’t vote for him.”
She explicitly discusses public perception of the paper’s liberal bias:
“The New York Times is not…I mean, it’s widely understood to be liberal-leaning. But, American newspapers are not supposed to claim a bias, they’re supposed to be objective.”
“So the…ahh, but the New York Times is not left?” the Project Veritas journalist asked. Shoe clarified, “I’m not saying that they’re not. I’m saying it’s widely, widely understood to be left-leaning.”
Along the way, she drops such niceties as Trump is an “idiot” and the Vice President Pence is “fu**ing” horrible.” She discusses the ‘flaw’ of getting Trump impeached.
“If you impeach him, then Pence becomes the president,” she says. “Mike Pence, who’s fu**ing horrible.”
It wasn’t the first time in recent weeks that O’Keefe has unleashed a video damaging to the Times. As its rival The New York Post didn’t fail to point out, the video shows “Times audience-strategy editor Nick Dudich on hidden camera talking openly about ways he manipulates news coverage and pushes his agenda.”
This is what Dudich said regarding targeting President Trump:
“I’d target his businesses, his dumb fu** of a son, Donald Jr., and Eric…
“Target that. Get people to boycott going to his hotels. Boycott… So a lot of the Trump brands, if you can ruin the Trump brand and you put pressure on his business and you start investigating his business and you start shutting it down, or they’re hacking or other things. He cares about his business more than he cares about being President. He would resign. Or he’d lash out and do something incredibly illegal, which he would have to.”
The New York Times did as expected and pretended the video was cut and altered with cutting edge CGI graphics in O’Keefe’s Hollywood-quality special effects studio/underground lair. Dean Baquet of the Times lashed out:
“I think his work is not investigative journalism,” said Baquet, who was also on stage with his Washington Post counterpart, Marty Baron. “A journalist has to have in his heart or her heart a desire to make society better. All James O’Keefe is trying to do is hurt institutions and get some clicks. He just did a video about it that I think — and I used the word before, I’ll use it again — is despicable.”
Not undercover journalism because it doesn’t fit the New York Times’ “left-leaning” agenda, right, Mr. Baquet?
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