There’s a lot of noise this morning about a meeting of the mindless, with news of the meeting Comrade Stupid had with the publisher/heir of the New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger. Comrade Trump twatted out:
Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
…and Sulzberger immediately issued a statement/rebuttal. According to the Times’ publisher, the meeting was for him to warn the President that, “his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous.”
“In a telephone interview, Mr. Sulzberger described the meeting with Mr. Trump, whom he had met only once before, as cordial”:
“Sulzberger recalled telling Mr. Trump at one point that newspapers had begun posting armed guards outside their offices because of a rise in threats against journalists. The president, he said, expressed surprise that they did not already have armed guards.”
“Trump expressed pride in popularizing the phrase ‘fake news,’ and said other countries had begun banning it. Mr. Sulzberger responded that those countries were dictatorships and that they were not banning ‘fake news’ but rather independent scrutiny of their actions.”
And I find myself, like the local contortionist, in an uncomfortable position. I think that there is a difference between FAKE NEWS! and with the crime against journalism which all of the major media players to some extent are guilty: shilling of the powerful to maintain their access.
Anyway, this long thread on Twitter showed up last night and it cites chapter and verse why I do not like
Judith Miller II, er, Mattie Haberman, who is the new NYTimes Queen of Access Journalism:
Where are people getting the impression she is an access journalist and Trump shill?
Let’s take a closer look.
— Jake (@Care2much18) July 22, 2018
Read the whole thread (click on the timestamp to get started), if you have the time. It’s astonishing account/correlation and gives so much context to Haberman’s baffling access to The Russian Usurper.