NYT Editors Continue Bashing Trump
by Stephen Lendman
Despite meeting with perhaps his leading media critic (in its headquarters, not Trump Tower), one-sidedly supporting Hillary, acting as her press agent, denigrating him relentlessly and unfairly throughout the campaign, Times editors barely softened their hostility, suggesting likely endless bashing to come.
They said “it was good to hear him even call The New York Times a ‘great, great American jewel” after justifiably trashing its deplorable coverage of his campaign - publishing daily advocacy journalism, not the real thing.
The Times makes conventional yellow journalism look good by comparison. All the news it claims fit to print is pure rubbish, stuff legitimate editors wouldn’t touch. Times editors feature it.
They supported or ignored high crimes by the Clintons, Bush/Cheney and Obama - responsible for war on humanity, neoliberal cruelty and police state harshness.
Trump is a businessman with no public record. He hasn’t attacked other nations, killed anyone, or advocated turning US streets and communities into battlegrounds - the way things are now.
Will he change them? Who can know? He made lots of lofty promises, including wanting to help all Americans. Judge him by his actions after he takes office, not before with no public record to assess.
Times editors: It’s “hard to square (his post-election) statements with his record of spreading the birther lie about President Obama, calling climate change a ‘hoax,’ promising he’d ‘bring back waterboarding’ and describing The New York Times as ‘failing.’ “
Fact: All that matters is how leaders govern, policies they pursue in office, not what they say while campaigning.
Fact: Hillary’s wrongdoing includes war crimes, racketeering, perjury, and pathological lying on virtually everything mattering most - not a word of criticism from Times editors, praising her effusively instead, calling the most ruthlessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history one of the most qualified ever to serve, a monstrous Big Lie.
Times editors: “(I)t was alarming to confront how thinly thought through many of the president-elect’s stances actually are.”
Fact: Times editors ignored his outlined agenda, including what he hopes to accomplish in his first 100 days. Instead, it selectively cherrypicked from campaign rhetoric, distorting his overall message and pledges I discussed in an earlier article.
Times editors: Trump “so far…is surrounding himself with officials eager to enact only the most extreme positions. His flexibility would be their springboard.”
Fact: Praising other presidents-elect while bashing him continues disgraceful hostility likely to go on relentlessly after he’s inaugurated - no matter what he does or doesn’t do.
Times editors: “(H)e has no intention of selling his businesses and stepping decisively away from corrupting his presidency with an exponentially enhanced version of the self-dealing he accused Hillary Clinton of engaging in.”
Fact: The Clinton Foundation is a self-enriching racket, masquerading as a charitable NGO, a prosecutable RICO crime.
Fact: Trump is not legally required to sell his businesses. He explained he’s in process of disengaging himself, letting family members take over from him.
Times editors: Invoking Ronald Reagan’s “trust, but verify” quote with regard to dealing with the Soviet Union, they said “(f)or now, that’s…the right approach to take with Mr. Trump. Except, regrettably, for the trust part.”
Their closing shot was a typical Times below-the-belt ad hominem smear. Expect lots more like it once Trump becomes America’s 45th president.
A Final Comment
I supported Jill Stein, a true progressive I greatly admire. I’m against longstanding duopoly governance with two right wings - what I call fantasy democracy.
Still, I refuse to pre-judge Trump. I’ll wait until he assumes office. If he serves all Americans equitably, favors diplomacy over endless wars, normalizes relations with Russia and China, along with halting efforts to transform all independent countries into US vassal states, I’ll support him.
Otherwise, I’ll relentlessly go at him, holding his feet to the fire.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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