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Sunday, August 18, 2019

NYTIMES Caught On Tape Discussing Pivot From COLLUSION To RACISM

Trump Accuses New York Times Of Leading 'Racism Witch Hunt' After Newsroom Leak!

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, en route to a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, en route to a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)



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President Trump on Sunday accused the “Failing New York Times” of launching a “Racism Witch Hunt” after a leaked recording allegedly showed the newspaper discussing a pivot from its Russia collusion investigation to race.
“The Failing New York Times, in one of the most devastating portrayals of bad journalism in history, got caught by a leaker that they are shifting from their Phony Russian Collusion Narrative (the Mueller Report & his testimony were a total disaster), to a Racism Witch Hunt,” tweeted the president.
He continued: “‘Journalism’ has reached a new low in the history of our Country. It is nothing more than an evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party. The reporting is so false, biased and evil that it has now become a very sick joke…But the public is aware! #CROOKEDJOURNALISM.”
The Failing New York Times, in one of the most devastating portrayals of bad journalism in history, got caught by a leaker that they are shifting from their Phony Russian Collusion Narrative (the Mueller Report & his testimony were a total disaster), to a Racism Witch Hunt.....
8:22 AM -Aug18, 2019


Mr. Trump was hardly alone. Conservatives were stunned by the transcript of the staff “town hall” led by executive editor Dean Baquet, a recording of which was reportedly leaked to Slate, which posted what was described as a transcript on Thursday.
“Leaked Audio: NY Times shifts targeting of Trump from Russian collusion to racism,” said Friday’s Legal Insurrection headline.
“This is a smoking gun. It shows the most powerful news organization in the country congratulating itself for setting the anti-Trump narrative on Russia collusion, and seamlessly transitioning to setting a narrative of Trump as racist after collusion flopped,” said Legal Insurrection’s William A. Jacobson, a Cornell Law School professor.
The staff meeting was called after the newspaper came under fire on the left for a headline about Mr. Trump following this month’s back-to-back shootings. The headline at the top of the Aug. 6 print edition was switched for second edition from “Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism” to “Assailing Hate But Not Guns.”
At the town hall, Mr. Baquet engaged in a discussion with staff about the use of the term “racist,” then said that after special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia campaign collusion ended, “two things happened.”
“Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, ‘Holy s–, Bob Mueller is not going to do it,’” said Mr. Baquet. “And Donald Trump got a little emboldened politically.”
As a result, he said, “I think that we’ve got to change. I mean, the vision for coverage for the next two years is what I talked about earlier: How do we cover a guy who makes these kinds of remarks?”
Mr. Baquet concluded: “How do we write about race in a thoughtful way, something we haven’t done in a large way in a long time? That, to me, is the vision for coverage. You all are going to have to help us shape that vision. But I think that’s what we’re going to have to do for the rest of the next two years.”
Former Bush White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Sunday that the “most troubling part” was Mr. Baquet acknowledging that readers “cheer us when we take on Donald Trump.”
The most troubling part of NYT editor Dean Baquet’s speech to his newsroom was his admission: “our readers...cheer us when we take on Donald Trump.” He added that Trump voters don’t read the Times.
He claims that the Times will be “independent.” Good luck with that. It’s financially impossible for a newspaper that knows what its readers want for that paper to be independent. If they don’t serve their customers, they’ll lose them.
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“Sadly, the paper I have subscribed to for 40 years is not as independent as its editor admirably claims,” tweeted Mr. Fleischer. “Baquet acknowledged who does and does not read his paper. When a paper’s readership is that tilted, its stories won’t be far behind.”
Columnist Michael Goodwin told Fox News, “This is no longer about covering the news. This is about having an agenda … I think it’s just lost its way now in its hatred for the president.”
The Washington Times has reached out to the New York Times for comment.
‘Racism is in everything’ 
Mr. Baquet opened the Aug. 12 staff meeting by saying the newsroom’s focus had changed from “a story about whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character.”
“We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well. Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story,” Mr. Baquet said, adding, “We’ll ask reporters to write more deeply about the country, race and other divisions.”
There was pushback from staffers, but not on the pivot. Rather, they challenged Mr. Baquet on the newspaper’s apparent policy against routinely describing people or policies as racist.
“Could you explain your decision not to more regularly use the word racist in reference to the president’s actions?” asked one staffer.
Another asked: “You mentioned that there could be situations when we would use the word racist. What is that standard?”
Mr. Baquet said it was “more powerful” to show than tell, while publisher A.G. Sulzberger said “we’re really cautious with labels,” including anti-Semitism.
Another staffer said that a “starting point” for the race coverage should be “the fact of racism and white supremacy being sort of the foundation of this country,” and argued that race should be “considered” in all stories.
“I just feel like racism is in everything,” said the questioner. “It should be considered in our science reporting, in our culture reporting, in our national reporting. And so, to me, it’s less about the individual instances of racism, and sort of how we’re thinking about racism and white supremacy as the foundation of all of the systems in the country.”
Mr. Baquet agreed that “race should be a part of how we cover the American story,” specifically with regard to Mr. Trump.
“Race in the next year is going to be a huge part of the American story,” Mr. Baquet said. “And I mean, race in terms of not only African Americans and their relationship with Donald Trump, but Latinos and immigration.”
The pivot from Russia to racism comes with last week’s launch of the 1619 Project, a “major initiative” to “reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding.” The first slaves were brought from Africa to Virginia in August 1619.

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