Accuracy in Media

President Donald Trump tweeted about an uncommon sight from The New York Times: an op-ed saying that the mainstream media owe him an apology for their bias around the Mueller investigation.

The president tweeted: “Do you believe this? The New York Times Op-Ed: MEDIA AND DEMOCRATS OWE TRUMP AN APOLOGY. Well, they got that one right!”

The op-ed he cited, headlined, “Barr Is Right About Everything. Admit You Were Wrong,” was written by Christopher Buskirk, editor and publisher of the journal American Greatness and a contributing  New York Times opinion writer.

“Journalists don’t like being called ‘fake news,’ but too many of them uncritically accepted the Trump-Russia narrative, probably because of their strong distaste for Mr. Trump himself,” Buskirk wrote. “But that lack of objectivity represents a major professional failure, and it’s Exhibit A in why Mr. Trump’s taunt resonates with so many Americans. Gallup polling shows that for 69 percent of Americans, trust in the media has fallen over the last decade. Among Republicans, it’s 94 percent; for independents, it’s 75 percent and for moderates, it’s 66. Only among self-identified liberals and progressives does a majority continue to trust the media. They like what they hear.”

Buskirk said for the past four years he tried to explain to the mainstream media why their attacks on the president failed to resonate with Middle America.

“For nearly four years, members of America’s ruling class, especially those in the media, the academy and government, have operated on one central, unquestioned assumption: orange man bad,” Buskirk continued. “This stifling orthodoxy led to a blind, counterfactual faith in the theory that Mr. Trump had somehow colluded with “the Russians” (never well defined) to win the election. Again, the specific charges were always amorphous — plastic enough to change as needed. That’s hardly surprising: That’s the way conspiracy theories always work. The Russian collusion hoax was, in fact, nothing more than a massively multiplayer coping mechanism for people who couldn’t accept the results of the 2016 election.”

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