Accuracy in Media

The New York Times published a lengthy critique of President Trump, largely ignoring the fundamental concepts of due process, presumption of innocence and executive authority in its article that is heavy on speculation and verbiage that paints Trump in a negative light.

The article’s lead photo — Trump lurking in the shadows with a half-blackened face in a tunnel inside the U.S. House chamber — appears with the headline “Intimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him,” subhead, “President Trump’s efforts have exposed him to accusations of obstruction of justice as Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, finishes his work.”

The piece moves heavily into opinion, rather than the reporting it purports to be.

Accusing Trump of a “secretive assault,” the story then contradicts itself by explaining how public Trump has been in his critique of investigations that have yielded no evidence of criminal collusion with Russia.

The article then paints efforts by Republican lawmakers to bring transparency to the investigative process as sinister and irregular rather than an expression of the desire for justice and balance.

“An examination by the New York Times reveals the extent of an even more sustained, more secretive assault by Mr. Trump on the machinery of federal law enforcement,” wrote Times reporters Mark Mazzetti, Maggie Haberman, Nicholas Fandos and Michael S. Schmidt.

“Interviews with dozens of current and former government officials and others close to Mr. Trump, as well as a review of confidential White House documents, reveal numerous unreported episodes in a two-year drama … The story of Mr. Trump’s attempts to defang the investigations has been voluminously covered in the news media, to such a degree that many Americans have lost track of how unusual his behavior is. But fusing the strands reveals an extraordinary story of a president who has attacked the law enforcement apparatus of his own government like no other president in history, and who has turned the effort into an obsession.”

Trump was not shy in denouncing the article. He tweeted: “The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”

Trump has said that he supports freedom of the press but sees false reporting as undermining civic trust.

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