Accuracy in Media


The New York Times has been regularly criticized by conservatives for its soft coverage of liberals compared to conservatives.

It’s no wonder that’s the case after this headline in yesterday’s Times — and, no, it’s not a fake headline from a parody site like The Onion: “How to Get a Selfie With Elizabeth Warren in 8 Steps.”

The piece gushes over what it describes as Warren’s accessible populism: “Posing for the camera with a presidential candidate used to be a perk generally reserved for wealthy donors. At Senator Elizabeth Warren’s events, all it costs is passing some time in a well-organized selfie* line … Since entering the presidential race, Ms. Warren has taken pictures with more than 38,000 people, her campaign estimates. Ms. Warren says the photos are part of her effort to build what she likes to call a “grass-roots movement.”

While the Times pulled on three people–Thomas Kaplan, Tamir Kalifa and Eden Weingart–to concoct the fluff piece, the Gray Lady actually admits its angle is fake news because its second paragraph admits with an asterisk that “*The pictures are not technically selfies.”

The Times offers Warren the entire article–which includes a large multimedia illustration– for the candidate and her staff to praise Warren and her “campaign-trail innovation for the age of Instagram.”

“‘It’s how I make this real, person to person,’ [Warren] said in an interview. ‘I know I won’t be able to shake the hand of every single person; I know I won’t be able to take a selfie with every single human being in this country. But I’m going to try.’

In a primary race where Democrats have two dozen candidates to choose from, a personal moment with the candidate can make a difference. For Ms. Warren, the interactions may also help dispel any preconceived notions about the approachability of a candidate who spent much of her career as an Ivy League law professor.”

The Times also quotes Warren stating “‘I have time to do this because I’m not spending hours and days and weeks with big-dollar donors and corporate lobbyists,’ Ms. Warren said. ‘I’m not running around the coasts trying to scoop up as much money as I can. That leaves a lot more time for selfies.’”

Yet the Times fails to point out what Virginia Kruta from The Daily Caller notes: “Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly pledged that her presidential campaign will not take any PAC money — but there’s an escape hatch. The fine print of Warren’s pledge indicates that her commitment to eschew the high-dollar donations that PACs and Super PACs can provide only extends as far as the end of the Democratic primary.”

The Times also doesn’t mention what Politico’s Christopher Cadelago reports: “Warren took at least $90,000 from employees of Amazon, Google and Facebook alone between 2011 and 2018.”




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