I have had it with the New York Times.
It’s been a long time coming - Judith Miller, covering up Bush’s surveillance state because it didn’t want to influence the public (!), completely bungling the Russia story, its unwarranted obsession with Clinton’s e-mails over the literally countless Trump scandals, its horrific attempt to portray US Nazis as Just Like Everyone Else, and a year of Maggie Haberman covering the White House as if it were a high school clique. But the final straw is this:
That’s indistinguishable from a Fox News tweet. The rest of the world is truthfully reporting that Trump has spent the last few days rambling like a deranged madman, but the NYT instead goes out of its way to fluff him for being a snappy phrase maker.
Everyone needs to read this fine rant in, of all places, GQ:
Everyone around Donald Trump is too polite to Donald Trump. Democrats, foreign dignitaries, underlings… all of them. And the White House press is perhaps the worst offender. From the media pool playing along with Sarah Sanders during press conferences—conferences where Sanders openly lies and pisses on democracy—to access merchants like Maggie Haberman doling out Trump gossip like so many bread crumbs, too many reporters have been far too deferential to an administration that is brazenly racist, dysfunctional, and corrupt. And for what purpose? It’s clear to me that Haberman and the like aren’t saving up their chits for just the EXACT right time to bring this Administration down. No, the only end goal of their access is continued access, to preserve it indefinitely so that the copy spigot never gets shut off. They are abiding by traditional wink-wink understandings that have long existed between the government and the press covering it. … [The Trump Administration] doesn’t deserve the courtesy of discretion. They don’t deserve to dictate the terms of coverage to people. They deserve to be torched.
What does it say when I now trust the national political coverage of GQ (along with Teen Vogue) more than the New York Times?