NYT busted twice for fake news this weekend.
The “fake news” label for the New York Times is far more accurate and damaging to it than President Trump’s habitual label of “failing New York Times.” For one thing, there’s a genuine market niche for Trump hatred that has allowed the paper to expand its digital subscription roll and earn some real money. But the New York Times is failing at its original mission of being a trustworthy newspaper. .
The paper continues to sacrifice its credibility on the altar of “the narrative” – the leftist dogma that Donald Trump is: racist, sexist, homophobic, antisemitic, stupid, crude, vulgar, unpopular, dangerous, and any other negative human characteristic you could imagine.
That shrinking credibility is the Achilles Heel. Once people start dismissing anti-Trump news from the Times as risible because they know the paper has no scruples, its power is gone. And with each busted fake news story from the Times, that credibility declines a notch, and the Time-skeptics grown in number.
That’s why two Trump-hating fake news items coming so close together are significant.
On Friday, the paper published a fake news story by Allan Rappeport intended to advance the narrative that Trump is a racist. Specifically, that he and his minions are needlessly dallying the introduction of the Harriet Tubman $20 bill – replacing Andrew Jackson, formerly celebrated by Democrats. .
Note that the 2020 date for introduction of the bill came from proponents of the bill, not the Treasury. Thus the “delay” is an artificial construct. But the Times found an anonymous person willing to speculate that the complex security measures needed for a new bill really doesn’t take that long.
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