Howard Dean, who said Thursday older members of the Democratic Party need “to get the hell out of the way and have somebody who is 50 running the country,” left liberal mouths’ equally ajar when he crushed The New York Times in a single tweet.
Responding to Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent for The Times, who was engaged in a discussion about an interview President Donald Trump did with the newspaper this week, Dean blasted The Times’ 2016 election coverage as “awful.”
“Peter, I have a lot of respect for your integrity and your talent,” Dean tweeted. “But the 2016 NYT election coverage was a awful: a collective Judy Miller.”
Peter, I have a lot of respect for your integrity and your talent. But the 2016 NYT election coverage was a awful: a collective Judy Miller https://t.co/THFnZr7Kgv
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) December 30, 2017
Baker had come to the defense of Washington correspondent Michael S. Schmidt, who did the interview, against claims that favorable treatment of Trump was the reason he scored the assignment.
Schmidt was accused of, egad, being “fair to Trump” by Neera Tanden, president of the George Soros-backed left-wing think tank Center for American Progress.
But it was Dean’s slap down of “The Gray Lady” that had social media abuzz, from both sides of the aisle.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
What this translates to is, “You guys actually did some fair coverage of Hillary Clinton and that’s not allowed.” https://t.co/U0Gq0b5hZh
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) December 30, 2017
A stone cold fact. Sad, but true. @nytimes failed at basic journalism when it came to the 2016 elections. Their refusal to admit the error and correct them leads to more failures like the recent interview with Trump… https://t.co/B69nzGIZYB
— dengre (@denngree) December 30, 2017
Does this count as internecine war? https://t.co/aXigFLcqws
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) December 30, 2017
And ironically, they brook no criticism, nor will the the @nytimes accept any responsibility….all the while continually criticizing @HillaryClinton for refusing to take responsibility for her campaign loss. Which she's done. Hundreds of times. https://t.co/0eDEtGx1XY
— Dina Honour (@DinaHonour) December 30, 2017
The @nytimes has become timid when dealing with the Trump administration. Trump and Co. are corrupt liars and need to be exposed as such and not treated with kid gloves. https://t.co/VdTK2UZ3j3
— Stephen Rosenblum🇺🇸 (@riffler1776) December 30, 2017
No question about this. @nytimes still hasn't come to terms with its Judith Miller problem, so they keep repeating it. https://t.co/nqUUlKetup
— Richard Moore (@moore_richard) December 30, 2017
Part of the problem is that many fine writers at NYT refuse to accept that others on staff have endlessly elevated Trump into "normal" political coverage. https://t.co/Uw5HLxtQCC
— george campbell (@lawnav) December 30, 2017
So @nytimes if you’re going to lay HRC bare in your coverage before, during and post election. I’d expect similar scrutiny of #45, but alas, I’m still waiting.
— DisgustedByWhoWeAre (@soccercmack1) December 30, 2017
The decline of the NYT definitely began with Judith Miller’s WMD lies in support of Bush-Cheney’s Iraq War.
— Joyce Tyler (@joyce_tyler) December 30, 2017
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