Accuracy in Media

In an interview with the Financial Times, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet called out Fox News and CNN for pandering to a particular audience in their coverage of Donald Trump, saying that they were “bad for democracy and those institutions” in the long run.

Baquet criticized CNN for hiring former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, describing him as a “political shill.”

He was far more harsh on Fox News of which he said, “at its heart is not a journalistic institution.” He said that while Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace were great journalists, the network “is some weird mix of a little bit of journalism, a little bit of entertainment, a little bit of pandering to a particular audience.”

Baquet told the Financial Times that Trump’s campaign had forced his paper to re-evaluate its approach to political coverage. “We are used to warring philosophies, but this is different. This is a guy who makes stuff up. I am not opposed to his presidency, that is not my job. But my job is not to beat around the bush when a candidate lies.”

That same scrutiny hasn’t always applied to Hillary Clinton, whose lies are being exposed daily by WikiLeaks.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker has defended its hiring of Lewandowski by saying that the network lacked someone to speak up for Trump during political discussions, and that they didn’t have anyone when the campaign began. He added that no one complains about Democratic political contributors with ties to Clinton.

As for Baquet’s criticism of Fox News, he showed his bias by only praising those who have been particularly tough on Trump, while ignoring other journalists who have covered the campaign in a more even-handed manner.

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  • biilyjoe

    It’s time the mainstream media and leftwing propaganda rags like the NY Times be recognized for what they are– mouthpieces for the anti-white, anti-Christian, anti-American , anti-law and order forces in this country since at least as early as the 1964 election that put socialist liar/vote buyer lbj into office to rob hard-working , law-abiding, taxpaying working class/middle class Americans in order to reward criminals / sponges riot-looters via buying their votes.

  • Idaho Bob

    the NYT sounds like the weasel calling out the fox in hen house. Both of them are after the same thing, they just go about their business a little bit differently.

  • John Cunningham

    The Book “The Strain” and, the television series it is based on has nothing on the Democrat Party. Democrats think they are above the Law. The elites in academia and Hollywood think they have a superior intellect and the general population is clueless and, can’t survive without their superiority.

    Unless you are disease ridden and suck blood from less fortunate being wholly subsidiary to the Liberal Disease. Only one way and that is their way. All else is unacceptable. Read the Strain or watch the episodes and I will show you the Democrat Party to a tee. Then again, all those who are already infected, disregard this notice.

  • Dennis Schaaf

    Baquet is either unserious or mentally unhinged.

  • Maggietish

    NYT is actually accusing networks of pandering when they are the poster children for pandering when it concerns Hillary Clinton. They been on a witchhunt trying to demonize Donald Trump since he announced his plans to run for the presidency. They have conveniently ignored all of the WikiLeaks emails that have been released clearly showing the lawlessness of Hillary Clinton and the atrocities that she, her campaign staff, the biased news media, the far left, the Democrats, President Obama, Loretta Lynch the Attorney General and the corrupt Washington elite have perpetrated against the American people in the United States. NYT needs to be boycotted because all they are is hatemongers and use their paper for division, racism and hate mongering not to mention that they are clearly on a course to destroy the United States of America. They wouldn’t know what true ethics, honesty and integrity where he thought they were standing right in front of them. No wonder their readership has plummeted because the American people have had enough and NYT and others like them continue to ignore the will of the people and think that they can dictate us. They better buckle up The American people are more than done with them.

  • Mesa Mike

    This guy is a mad-hatter, he’s certifiably insane. Of course, that does qualify him for his current position as New York Times executive editor. Yes, it is interesting that over at FNC he likes Megyn “Barbie Doll” Kelly and Chris “Mike Jr.” Wallace (son of the Frankfurt School 60 Minutes trash-talker). I don’t recall his paper calling a Clinton campaign manager a “political shill” even when they work covertly at major news networks like Stephanopoulos whom Wikipedia lists as an “American journalist.”

  • Bob

    It’s probably the only way he could get his message out. If he weren’t interviewed by the FT who would know how he feels because no one cares or reads the NYT anymore.

  • Richard Schmidt

    Right Sean, your job is to ” report the lies and omissions committed by both candidates”. AND, as is observably obvious….Hillary Clinton is a rich source of same. So get to work on journalism as you defined it and leave the judgement to us.


  • John Cunningham

    If not them then who? The monopoly on journalistic pandering is cornered from the Left. I am stuck with the Tampa Bay Times and the propaganda for Hillary is about 80%. The opinion page is only used if it has a liberal slant.

    If Conservatives loose this election they will not win another. If we want America to remain the America of our Founding Fathers and, want our Children to grow up in the greatest Nation ever, then we had better stop ignoring and start igniting.

  • Ted

    According to PolitiFact, when they checked 300 campaign pronouncements made by Trump and 300 made by Clinton … Trump turned out to have 71% which were either partly false, false, or ‘pants on fire’ false … and Clinton had 26%. How does anyone do objective reportage or treat each candidate in a ‘fair and balanced’ manner … when the candidates are spouting so much bu**sh**?

    ALL of rhe media is guilty of continually providing the candidates’ sound-bites and other blather without first doing some effective fact-checking.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    You buried your lede, dude. The majority of Drumpf’s lies were “pants on fire”. The majority of Clinton’s were “partly false”. The same report (at least I think it was the same report) categorized Clinton as overwhelmingly truthful and Drumpf as a lying POS.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    “The monopoly on journalistic pandering is cornered from the Left.”

    Dude! I’m literally crying from laughing so hard at this. That is the single dumbest thing I’ve read on the internet in over a week. Well played!

  • IronChefSandwiches

    “They been on a witchhunt trying to demonize Donald Trump since he announced his plans to run for the presidency.”

    And here we have the single biggest lie of this whole election season. The media mostly PLAYS VIDEO OF TRUMP SPEAKING. THAT is why he’s getting creamed. Your inability to see the blatantly obvious is pathetic. More proof that you people live in a bubble of your own making.

  • John Cunningham

    Dude! Your sandwich sucks.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Dude. My sandwiches would make you vote Clinton. I’m an artist.

  • John Cunningham

    Dude! Go a head and vote Clinton you deserve everything she has to offer.

  • Maggietish

    It’s obvious that Trump supporters Bob at the holy living crap out of you. Why do you care what we believe what we support. If living in a bubble means that we support Donald Trump and not a woman like Hillary Clinton who has betrayed this country for over 30 years, who believes she’s above the law, who was complicit in the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, while Sectetary of State she sold out the US and negotiated the “pay for play” for the Clinton foundation and put the American people and this country in jeopardy but she became a multimillionaire with good old Bill. Good for you!

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Thank you, Maggietish. Thank you for demonstrating exactly what I’m talking about. Every single accusation you made with this garbage post has been proved false, over and over. Yet, you don’t appear to know this. THAT’s the right wing bubble. And it’s crippling this country. You rubes couldn’t find your ass with both hands. It’s pathetic. It’s old. Luckily, you’re destroying the Republican Party. So…silver linings and such.

  • Maggietish

    It must be fascinating for you to judge other people and always think that you’re right and everybody else is wrong. We live in a world of reality and not fantasy. Why do you care what I, or anybody else, thinks and believes. Calm down, take a deep breath and relax. Life is too short for anybody to get as tense and upset as you obviously are.

  • Tbear

    NYT – all the paper that is fit to wipe your dog’s ass with!!!!