Accuracy in Media

A New York Times political reporter appeared to imply that President Trump is a Nazi because of the military band playing the song “Edelweiss” at the White House.

Conservative Steve Cortes, an advisor to President Trump on Latino outreach, gave more context at RealClearPolitics: “On Thursday after the release of the Mueller Report, New York Post reporter Nikki Schwab noted that the Marine Corp musicians at a White House event played ‘Edelweiss.’

New York Times reporter and longtime Trump critic Maggie Haberman responded on Twitter: “Does anyone…at the White House understand the significance of that song?’  In an astounding lack of cultural awareness, Haberman apparently presumes that ‘Edelweiss’ conveys some nefarious message, perhaps because of its recent use as the introductory theme song for the Amazon TV series ‘The Man in the High Castle,’ which fictionalizes a post-WWII America occupied by victorious Nazi and Japanese fascists … Of course, the melody originated much earlier.  Far from being an ode to oppression, the song, in fact, celebrates the beauty and authentic nationalism of Austria juxtaposed against the foreign tyranny of Nazi Germany. It was written by two legendary American Jewish composers, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, for Broadway’s “The Sound of Music” in 1959 and made especially famous by the Christopher Plummer rendition in the 1965 Academy Award-winning movie version.”

“It would be nuts if you didn’t lose a little trust in the media after reading a New York reporter impute sinister meaning to  ‘Edelweiss,’” wrote Charlotte Hays of the Independent Women’s Forum.

“While Miss Haberman’s misplaced innuendo may seem frivolous, it actually points to a key element of the press’s continual mistreatment of President Trump and the MAGA movement,” Cortest continued. “Too many reporters and media mavens display an appalling dearth of historical knowledge, or at the least a total unwillingness to place events of the Trump political phenomenon into a larger context.”

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