Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who was identified by Breitbart as the “same triggered loon who carries an Obama doll in her purse to ‘comfort’ her wounded soul in Trump’s America,” has diagnosed a serious case of Trump Derangement Syndrome at the news company.
She’s accusing the Times of one of the worst offenses for any news organization – tilting the news report for financial gain.
At Fox News, “MediaBuzz” host Howard Kurtz said the Times’ credibility has been damaged.
Abramson, who led the newspaper from 2011 to 2014, charges in a new book that the paper is “unmistakably anti-Trump.”
And she says the Times had a financial incentive to bash the president.
“In a soon-to-be published book, ‘Merchants of Truth,’ that casts a skeptical eye on the news business, Abramson defends the Times in some ways but offers some harsh words for her successor, Dean Baquet. And Abramson, who was the paper’s only female executive editor until her firing, invoked Steve Bannon’s slam that in the Trump era the mainstream media have become the ‘opposition party,'” Fox News reported.
“Though Baquet said publicly he didn’t want the Times to be the opposition party, his news pages were unmistakably anti-Trump,” Abramson said in the coming book.
She contends the “same is true” at the Washington Post.
“Some headlines contained raw opinion, as did some of the stories that were labeled as news analysis,” she said.
She alleges that the “more ‘woke’ staff members,” the younger employees, “thought that urgent times called for urgent measures; the dangers of Trump’s presidency obviated the old standards.”
That would mean, essentially, they wanted to ignore journalism ethics and standards to bring down a duly elected president of the United States.
And then she unleashes the bombshell: The Times was doing it for profit.
“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,” she says.
Breitbart pointed out Abramson ran the New York Times from 2011 to 2014, “a tenure defined by strife and failure.”
“She was reportedly fired for not telling the truth. And while her criticism of the Times is obviously accurate, it is not coming from an ethical place. What’s more, Abramson preening as an ‘ethical’ journalist is laughable.”
The report said, for example, her New York magazine article demanding the removal of Clarence Thomas from the Supreme Court “based on ‘new’ allegations of wrongdoing” was nothing more “than a paranoid delusion.”
Fox News reports the former editor concedes that the newspaper “saw digital subscriptions during his [Trump’s] first six months in office jump by 600,000” as it ran story after story after story – almost exclusively negative – about the president.
Studies have shown that overall, some 90 percent of media reports about the president are negative.
Fox News reported: “The Times has long faced accusations of liberal bias, even before Trump got into politics and became its harshest critic. But Abramson’s words carry special weight because she is also a former Times Washington bureau chief and Wall Street Journal correspondent specializing in investigative reporting.”
Abramson recalled Baquet held off publishing a story linking the Trump campaign to Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election.
Fox News said Liz Spayd, then the Times public editor, “wrote that the paper, which concluded that more evidence was needed, appeared ‘too timid’ in not running the piece, produced by a team that included reporter Eric Lichtblau.”
A seething Baquet lashed out at Lichtblau over it.
“Lichtblau soon left the Times for CNN, where he was one of three journalists fired when the network retracted and apologized for a story making uncorroborated accusations against Trump confidante Anthony Scaramucci. And the Times soon abolished the public editor’s column,” Fox reported.