In what may just be the first of its kind, on Saturday two of left-wing CNN’s hosts criticized The New York Times, a fellow left-wing outlet, for its “rough year” of fake news and shoddy behavior.
“The New York Times is having a rough year,” CNN host S.E. Cupp, who identifies as a conservative, began. “There have been a number of controversial and regrettable flubs.”
“Earlier this year, publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon in its international edition. A columnist’s questionable response to a professor who called him a bed bug. Caving to Twitter mobs to change headlines or add more opinions to their news coverage. Then there was the botched Brett Kavanaugh story. None of these things represent the Times entirely or all the excellent journalists and editors that they employ, but they’re also not helping.”
Cupp forgot to mention the Times’ repeated decisions to hire anti-Semites and racists, not to mention its recent praising of deceased Chinese dictator Mao Zedong and its blaming of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on mindless airplanes versus Islamic extremists.
(Source: Fox News)
Her guest, CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, agreed with her assessment to some degree but also ran defense for the Times and warned that continued errors will only help President Donald Trump, a man whom Stelter writes negatively of in an almost habitual manner.
“I think sometimes what’s happened here is you get this sprawling news organization, not unlike CNN, made up of thousands of people, and once in a while, there’s a bad headline, a bad banner. In the case of The New York Times, the errors are magnified,” he said.
“It matters more because it is the paper of record. It’s a place that I worked for more than six years. They put out hundreds of great stories a day. But when there are mistakes made, those mistakes are amplified and do damage more broadly than just ‘The New York Times.'”
The problem with these mistakes, he argued, is that they give “politicians like President Trump … ammunition against the media as a whole.”
What he didn’t seem to notice is that the Times’ errors always run in a certain direction, left. In fact, the same may be said of all media mistakes, included those committed by CNN:
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 5, 2018
These ‘mistakes’ always happen in one direction. *Always*.
The fact that the woman who was allegedly wronged by Kavanaugh had *no* recollection of this incident means
this should never have been published.
That it was is evidence that it was deliberate.
— Marie Arf (@schwingcat) September 16, 2019
In the last two days, NYT’s Twitter account has had to delete unmitigated praise of Mao and this crap, too. These were mistakes, yes, but it’s pretty telling that every mistake the NYT makes is in the same direction. https://t.co/B8bIfPeIQx
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 11, 2019
Despite running defense for the Times, Stelter did admit that though these mistakes add up.
“These mistakes do add up, and they do make people wonder about the paper,” he said.
But then he returned to running defense again.
“And I think in this Twitter age we all live in — we might hate it or love it, [but] it is the age we live in — individual screw-ups and embarrassments are taken and blown out of proportion,” he said.
“You have to react accordingly. Bret Stephens has been criticized, rightly so, for overreacting to social media commentary about him … You’ve gotta, if you’re a columnist at The New York Times, be able to tune out some of that noise. That’s what your readers deserve. That’s what your readers are expecting.”
It’s unclear why he only chose to cite the case of Stephens, an alleged “conservative” commentator who lost his temper after a social media user compared him to a bed bug.
In concluding their discussion, Cupp and Stelter then turned their attention to their shared enemy — the president — and the “whistleblower scandal” non-scandal.
“Trump blamed the media for the whistleblower scandal, saying, ‘Everybody’s laughed at it, another media disaster, and the media has lost so much credibility in this country,” Cupp said.
“A couple of things — virtually no one has read it because it’s not been made public or to Congress,” Cupp continued. “It’s unclear what he means about a media disaster. We didn’t invent the phone call with the Ukrainian president. And his attorney went on the media with our own Chris Cuomo to corroborate the story. Are mistakes in the media helping feed the narrative?”
What’s known for certain is that a so-called “whistleblower” within the Trump administration did file some sort of complaint. However, it hasn’t been proven that the complaint involved Trump. Nor has it been demonstrated that the complaint is even remotely legitimate.
Yet the media have run wild conspiracy theories about this mysterious complaint nevertheless, thus why the president has taken to complaining about the media again. Almost every time the media start trotting out conspiracy theories, they wind up falling flat on their faces.
Stelter concluded the discussion by accusing the president of attacking the media “in cynical calculation so people won’t know what to believe.”
People are “confused by the story,” he added. “It’s up to all of us to help cut through the fog and explain what’s happening.”
The media’s recent rush to judgment prove facts matter.
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