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The New York Times: News Fit to Print Is Not Always Fit to Believe

The New York Times: News Fit to Print Is Not Always Fit to Believe

A recent edition of the Sunday New York Times had as its front page screaming headline: "Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private!" This media giant and left hand appendage of the Democrat Party intended this blockbuster story to taint the presidential campaign of Mr. Trump. For six long weeks two of its reporters, apparently wearing rubber gloves so as not to be contaminated with the Trump sleaze, accumulated damning, dirty evidence that Trump propositioned and bedded helpless, career-goaled women for his own sexual gratification. In other words, he was an abusive, male chauvinist pig and not fit to even stand near the wife of Bill Clinton on any debating platform. Of course, her standards in men are well known to be of high moral character. But the Times does not let facts get in the way of its reporting. They interviewed then model Rowanne Brewer Lane who told the story of Trump asking her to don a bathing suit at a Mar-a-Lago party 26 years ago. The reporters, Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey twisted the story around to describe it as a debasing and frightening experience for Ms. Lane. They painted Trump as a habitual user and abuser of defenseless women. That work of fiction exploded in their faces when Ms. Lane appeared on Fox News and CNN and vehemently debunked the printed story. She stated that they manipulated her words. In other words, they lied. She continued in the interviews telling viewers that Mr. Trump was a gentleman and helpful to many young men and women trying to climb up the ladder of success. Any retraction of the article? None expected and none received.

This is not a new tactic for the NYT. If you recall, that same birdcage liner publication, back in 2008 reported that then Republican presidential candidate, John McCain had a "romantic" affair with a lobbyist who did business before his Senate Commerce Committee. Of course the innuendo of powerful male right wingers debasing women has got to be exposed! That particular claim was shot down by the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman and of course, was never backed up with facts. Only sources "who refused to be named" were the basis for this work of fiction.

So what are we to make of the old Gray Lady of journalism whose banner of "All the News That's Fit to Print" has been its motto for over one hundred years? Just how, for example, did they treat President Bill Clinton and the gazillion charges of rape, abuse and sexual harassment against him? Times reporters first found out about Juanita Broaddrick's accusation of Bill's sexual assault against her in 1992 and sat on it. When she publicly came out with her story in 1999 the Times never found her story interesting enough to report. Kathleen Willey was called by NYT columnist Frank Rich a member of "The Liars Club" when she told of her being sexually attacked by President Clinton in the Oval Office. Anna Quindlen, the feminist NYT columnist tossed Paula Jones' sexual harassment case in the trash bin with these words: "There is no reason to let right-wing activists, no friends to either the President, women, or the issue of sexual harassment, shame us into foolish lock step." The courts saw otherwise in this case, removing Bill's law license, fining him 91 thousand dollars for lying under oath and substantiating Jones' accusation of sexual assault. So the NYT's batting average for accuracy in reporting on these cases is .000. Not exactly major league figures.

The next five months of this presidential campaign will be bitterly dirty and in the mud. But we must not permit the media to cloud the issues with slanderous and libelous unsubstantiated charges against any candidate of any party. However, we must keep in mind that at a minimum, the fourth estate is at least 90% liberal in reporting the news. We urge the public to challenge the charges that surely will be made against conservative candidates and to do its own investigations by way of balancing the news they read by visiting various internet sources for corroboration of such reports. "All the news that's fit to print is NOT all the news that's fit to believe."

 

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