Truth has a left-wing messenger who has a book to sell
In her upcoming book, “Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts,” former New York Times executive editor, Jill Abramson spills the beans on the newspaper’s anti-Trump bias. “Some headlines contained raw opinion, as did some of the stories that were labeled as news analysis,“ she acknowledged.
Ms. Abramson said the paper enjoyed a significant “Trump bump” in digital subscriptions since the president took office and now that demand is driving coverage.
“Given its mostly liberal audience, there was an implicit financial reward for The Times in running lots of Trump stories, almost all of them negative: they drove big traffic numbers and, despite the blip of cancellations after the election, inflated subscription orders to levels no one anticipated,” Abramson wrote. Her book was reviewed by Fox News.
Abramson also complains about the unabashed liberal bent taken on by her successor, executive editor Dean Baquet.
But don’t be tempted to give her too much credit. She’s no fan of the President either, referring to his “fake news” attacks as a “cheap way of trying to undermine the credibility of the Times’ reporting as something to be accepted as truth only by liberals in urban, cosmopolitan areas.”
Sounds right on target, except for demeaning his accurate account as “cheap.”
The Washington Times carries the full report. It’s written by Howard Kurtz, formerly of the Washington Post and The Daily Beast. He has written for the leftist New Republic and was a regular on CNN, which he left to join Fox News. If that seems like an odd career trajectory, remember Juan Williams, Jessica Tarlov and that Sean Hannity originally shared duties with extreme leftist Alan Colmes. It’s not at all unusual for Fox hosts to feature liberal guests.
CNN, MSNBC and their media ilk prefer their contributors to be reliable regurgitaters of skewed news and Trump detractors. That desire drove the compelling case for Republicrat Jeff Flake —- and his frequent appearances on those networks. Turncoats have gravitas.
Jill Abramson is simply confirming what we’ve already known.