Accuracy in Media

Sounds hypocritical and one-sided, doesn’t it? The New York Times, not a neutral source of news or opinion, ran an editorial board op-ed that criticized Trump adviser Steve Bannon with the title, “President Bannon?” The first paragraph sets the tone of the op-ed:

Plenty of presidents have had prominent political advisers, and some of those advisers have been suspected of quietly setting policy behind the scenes (recall Karl Rove or, if your memory stretches back far enough, Dick Morris). But we’ve never witnessed a political aide move as brazenly to consolidate power as Stephen Bannon — nor have we seen one do quite so much damage so quickly to his putative boss’s popular standing or pretenses of competence.

But, in searching their own archives and database of op-eds and articles, the Times did not run a similar headline nor a similarly critical piece of Barack Obama’s close adviser Valerie Jarrett. The closest criticism of Jarrett came in a 2012 piece on how Jarrett pushed for churches to be forced to adhere to Obamacare:

From the first, her official job has been somewhat vague. But nearly four years on, with Mr. Obama poised to accept his party’s renomination this week, her standing is clear, to her many admirers and detractors alike. “She is the single most influential person in the Obama White House,” said one former senior White House official, who like many would speak candidly only on condition of anonymity.

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