NY Post Columnist: We Should Investigate Why The New York Times Is Wrong All the Time

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Posted: Dec 25, 2019 5:00 PM
NY Post Columnist: We Should Investigate Why The New York Times Is Wrong All the Time

Source: AP Photo/Richard Drew

Someone mentioned this on social media. In fact, many have when it comes to The New York Times and others  caught peddling fake news. I mean it’s become abysmal since the 2016 election. Granted, a blind squirrel finds a nut. The publication can dole out some solid pieces—not doubt. The Upshot is a decent section, but the batting average isn’t good. And yes, it’s a liberal paper. I’m sure you all know this but there are some folks out there who think the NYT, MSNBC, and CNN are impartial sources of news. You almost have the chuckle a bit. Yet, when you get egg on your face for the 10,000thtime, maybe there needs to be an internal review. That’s what The New York Post’sMichael Goodwin suggested due to the paper’s serial failures while adding that Trump is Teflon. He will not be taken down by the snowflake brigade that infests so many newsrooms. He also added that if Democrats thought their liberal media allies will be able to drum up support for impeachment, they were sadly mistaken (via NY Post):

Backed by a press corps eager to get Trump, Pelosi felt confident to authorize the flimsy effort to remove the president from office. She assumed media bullhorns would push the public into her camp and that would win her Republican votes for a bipartisan takedown.

She certainly got the media support, but the public and the GOP aren’t following. Indeed, the harder that Reps. Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler push and the louder the anti-Trump media scream, the more the public resists impeachment over the Ukraine piffle.

That was true even before last week’s sensational revelations that the FBI was both corrupt and incompetent in the Russia collusion probe. The report and testimony by Michael Horowitz, the inspector general of the Justice Department, further undermined impeachment by revealing the rampant misconduct in the earlier case.

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Thankfully, the accountability fallout from the Russia misconduct has started, with Attorney General Bill Barr suggesting possible prosecutions of FBI agents and perhaps others.

But what of the media? After all, The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and the broadcast networks were spectacularly wrong in their coverage.

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Pulitzers and other journalism prizes lionized some reports that are now as discredited as the Steele dossier. Yet the news organizations still protect the secret sources who misled them and act as if they themselves did nothing wrong.

One glaring example. The Times reported last May that the FBI sent a female investigator “posing as research assistant” to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016. The woman, who called herself Azra Turk, met with George Papadopoulos in a London bar.

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The Times’ story also says Turk and another informant, Stefan Halper, “failed to glean any information of value” from several meetings with Papadopoulos, but that is not true, according to the inspector general. He says one of the FBI’s most significant “inaccuracies and omissions” was the failure to tell FISA judges that Papadopoulos repeatedly denied to Halper and Turk that the campaign was collaborating with Russia or WikiLeaks.

Did the Times reporters know about that exculpatory information, or did their FBI sources lie to them? Either way, the paper now knows its May story was wrong on key points, yet it remains uncorrected.

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Days after the 2016 election, the Times issued an apology of sorts to subscribers for failing to realize that Trump could win. “Did Donald Trump’s sheer unconventionality lead us and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters?” the publisher and editor wrote.

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So now it’s time for a second apology — a sincere one. And an honest inquiry into how the paper continues to get the big stories so wrong.

I mean the list of how many times the liberal media has stepped on a rake when covering this administration could stretch from New York to San Francisco. It’s got to the point where even voters who lean Democratic in swing states refuse to believe what’s being printed about the president. It’s that bad. 

It’s also the cumulative effect. The partisan blitzes Democrats and the liberal media have tried to execute against the Trump White House have given the game away. Democratic voters think Trump is Satan. Republicans are finally happy we have a growing economy and a president who doesn’t play by the liberal media’s rules. He punches back and the Left doesn’t know what to do. Meanwhile, Independents are moving closer to the MAGA camp in the face of a hyper-left wing 2020 agenda and an impeachment push that’s total garbage. The allegation is that there was a quid pro quo scheme between Trump and Ukraine over military aid. Trump threatened to withhold it unless there was a corruption probe into Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden. The charges stemming from this are obstruction of Congress and abuse of power, two charges you’d expect from a Democratic majority infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome. This push has done nothing but boost Trump’s approval ratings and pushing swing state voters away from Democrats. 

Yet, the Russian collusion narrative, which suffered two shots to the head, is the holy grail for all of this nonsense. First, the report submitted by ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller killed the narrative and debunked the Trump dossier, from which this whole meth-addled narrative about Trump-Russia collusion was born. It was fake. For starters, the dossier was a Clinton-funded opposition research project that was cited as credible evidence in securing of a FISA spy warrant against Carter Page, a former Trump campaign official. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, wrote a memo saying how the FBI committed no wrongdoing in the process. Well, the Department of Justice Inspector General shredded that partisan nonsense up, noting 17 times the FBI omitted or outright omitted exculpatory information when applying for this spy warrant. Schiff is wrong, but that’s not shocking. He’s been lying for years. His memo was a work of fiction. He knew about the Trump-Ukraine nonsense prior to it becoming public knowledge. It all stemmed from a so-called whistleblower complaint. The so-called whistleblower, who is also a reported CIA agent and a registered Democrat that had worked with a 2020 candidate, approached his staff. Schiff knew the contents and prepared to weaponized it prior to leading the official impeachment march. Yet, another reason not to believe the Democrats with their rule of law and institutional integrity talking point when it comes to this top-notch political theater engulfing Washington. 

Based on how the FBI-FISA story blew up, it quite clear why the liberal media keeps getting buckshot to the face. They take whatever Democrats give them as gospel, which is quite dangerous when you’re dealing with the mentally ill.