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In its coverage of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-N.Y.) insulting President Trump during a speech along the presidential campaign trail in Iowa, The New York Times failed to offer its readers full context about allegations and investigations against Trump. In doing so, The New York Times joins the chorus of a continuing drumbeat of mainstream media opposition against the administration, including the rejection of the presumption of innocence.

“Countless Democratic leaders have urged the party not to spend the 2020 campaign tangling with Trump over tweets and taunts. But Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts made a novel argument on Sunday for ignoring the president: He could soon be in jail,” writes The New York Times’ Alexander Burns. “‘By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president,’ Ms. Warren said. ‘In fact, he may not even be a free person.’”

Within Burns’ 555-word article (which also included speculation from presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) that Trump might not be the GOP nominee), there was just one short, 17-word phrase that told the full context: “there is no indication that the president himself could be indicted or incarcerated before the 2020 election.”

Burns says that the president “has denied any wrongdoing related to the 2016 campaign and Russia,” but fails to mention the lack of evidence to date unearthed on any criminal collusion by the Mueller investigation and reports that the investigation is likely winding down.

“‘It’s no longer just the Mueller investigation,’ Ms. Warren said. ‘They’re everywhere and these are serious investigations, so we’ll see what happens.’ In addition to the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, into Russian interference in the 2016 election, there are continuing investigations spearheaded by federal prosecutors in New York and by the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. Mr. Trump has denied any wrongdoing related to the 2016 campaign and Russia, and there is no indication that the president himself could be indicted or incarcerated before the 2020 election.”




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