Last week, Dean Baquet who serves as the executive editor for the New York Times called an emergency townhall meeting with the staff to talk about the backlash they’ve been receiving.
So what was the backlash? Well, one of the headlines for a recent story portrayed President Trump in too favorable of a manner which upset his opponents.
So rather than reporting news just the way it is, they had to twist it to make him look like a big ol’ meanie who hates everyone.
Well now, Slate has published a leaked transcript of the 75-minute meeting which includes Baquet laying out the new agenda for the Times on how it covers Trump.
According to The Daily Wire,
The “crisis” meeting was called in response to forceful criticism from Democratic politicans and left-wing readers over the Times’ coverage of Trump’s speech following the horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the former by a man who espoused anti-immigrant and white supremacist ideas and the latter by a self-described leftist who had an obsession with violence. In his speech, Trump unequivocally condemned racism and called for greater national unity. “In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” he said. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”
The initial headline the Times posted in a preview of the next day’s paper read, “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM.” That title inspired strong rebuke from many on the Left, including Democratic presidential candidates. In response, the Times quickly altered its title to “ASSAILING HATE BUT NOT GUNS.”
Rather than the New York Times or Democratic presidential candidates being thankful and happy that President Trump was urging unity in America, they knew that saying such a thing doesn’t fit their agenda. They would much rather cause division.