Massacres Shake A Bewildered Nation the New York Times headline screamed. How could we be “bewildered” or even surprised? We’ve seen it before. We saw it coming, didn’t we?
I originally planned to write about how disturbing the Times headline quoted above was. Insinuating that we were perplexed and confused reflected what’s been going on in the Times clueless newsroom more than anything on the street.
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Under Dean Baquet’s leadership, New York’s best known newspaper notoriously echoed every talking point for the Trump Campaign in 2016. Hardly a day passed when Hillary’s emails, a nothing burger if ever there was one, didn’t light up somewhere in the paper, frequently on the front page.
Then, the Times generously jumped in to let James Comey’s last minute Hillary email nonsense shove the Access Hollywood Tape, revealing how godawful alleged human being Trump really is, off the front page.
But It Got Worse
By midday, critics flamed the Times over the next front page whopper: Trump Urges Unity vs Racism
Yes, the story that followed told the truth about Trump’s rhetorical antagonism against minorities, especially people of color and Muslims. But it’s headlines that turn into memes people remember.
And the Times, once again, gave Trump what he craved: protection and credibility.
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight twitter feed hit it first.
He was soon joined by Times writer, Wajahat Ali: “This is a terrible headline.”
Senators Kristen Gillibrand and Corey Booker chastised the newspaper they’ll soon depend on for coverage.
“Lives literally depend on you doing better, NYT.”Senator Corey Booker on Twitter
“That’s not what happened.”Senator Kristen Gillibrand on Twitter
But although he wasn’t specifically targeting the New York Times, Beto O’Rourke said it best when confronted by a reporter as he was leaving a vigil for the murdered in El Paso:
“What do you think?” You know the shit that he’s been saying. He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know, like, members of the press: What the fuck?
“It’s these questions that you know the answers to. I mean, connect the dots about what he’s been doing in this country. He’s not tolerating racism; he’s promoting racism.”Beto O’Rourke
Anyone expecting the Times to change will be proven wrong. Trump is link bait and honey for advertisers, and the newspaper is addicted to both.