You may or may not have heard of the New York Times’ disgraceful attempt to rewrite history in its appalling 1619 Project (more of that anon), but in the meantime here are some damning admissions revealed in the New Criterion about what the New York Times got up to in its campaign to destroy Donald Trump:
For two years, the Times had invested heavily in the vaudeville entertainment called “Trump–Russia.” The spectacular failure of its leading man, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, to deliver a happy ending to that fiasco underscored the essential futility of the entire enterprise.
This was something that Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of the Times, grasped instantly. Last summer, he huddled with his staff in a town-hall-style meeting—the proceedings of which were promptly leaked—and acknowledged a sad truth: “We built our newsroom to cover one story” (the now-debunked story that Donald Trump had “colluded” with Russia to steal the 2016 election). The story didn’t pan out. “Now we have to regroup,” Baquet told the assembled troops, “and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.”
What story? Henceforth, or at least “for the next two years”—the remainder of Trump’s first term—the Times was going all in on “race, and other divisions.” Robert Mueller couldn’t get Trump. Maybe the Times could by writing about race in a “thoughtful,” i.e., obsessive and one-sided, way—”something,” Baquet added “we haven’t done in a large way in a long time.”
Two questions: (1) Does this sound like a newspaper to you, or a political campaign team? And: (2) Did you, even political obsessive you, ever hear of this before?
You may be thinking, “Well, this is the New Criterion, it’s right-wing, this is probably all made up, or exaggerated”. Well, think again. The basics of all this come from the leftist Slate magazine, which has the transcript.