Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) heavily criticized The New York Times on Aug. 18, calling it “a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals.” Taking to Twitter, he said, “There was a time when journalists covered ‘news.’ The NYT has given up on even pretending anymore. Today, they are Pravda, a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals.”
There was a time when journalists covered “news.” The NYT has given up on even pretending anymore. Today, they are Pravda, a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals. These remarks at their “town hall” are a scandal & would be a firing offense at any real journalistic outlet. https://t.co/3xZiABaBYv
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 18, 2019
Leaked transcripts from a Times newsroom meeting convened by New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, exposed the Times as having an agenda of portraying President Trump as racist.
“Chapter 1 of the story of Donald Trump, not only for our newsroom but, frankly, for our readers, was: Did Donald Trump have untoward relationships with the Russians, and was there obstruction of justice?” Baquet said, explaining that an editorial shift was required as the Mueller investigation findings didn’t conclude as expected.
“I think that we’ve got to change. I mean, the vision for coverage for the next two years is what I talked about earlier: How do we cover a guy who makes these kinds of remarks? How do we cover the world’s reaction to him? How do we do that while continuing to cover his policies? How do we cover America, that’s become so divided by Donald Trump?” Baquet said at the meeting and added, “That, to me, is the vision for coverage. You all are going to have to help us shape that vision. But I think that’s what we’re going to have to do for the rest of the next two years.”
According to Cruz, Baquet’s comments amount to a “firing offense.”
President Trump on Sunday, Aug. 18, called the Times an “evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party,” and has predicted they will be “out of business” when he leaves office.
“The Failing New York Times, in one of the most devastating portrayals of bad journalism in history, got caught by a leaker that they are shifting from their Phony Russian Collusion Narrative (the Mueller Report & his testimony were a total disaster) to a Racism Witch Hunt Journalism” has reached a new low in the history of our Country. It is nothing more than an evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party. The reporting is so false, biased, and evil that it has now become a very sick joke. … But the public is aware,” President Trump tweeted on Aug. 18.
The New York Times will be out of business soon after I leave office, hopefully in 6 years. They have Zero credibility and are losing a fortune, even now, especially after their massive unfunded liability. I’m fairly certain they’ll endorse me just to keep it all going!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2019