Thursday, November 17, 2016

Donald J. Trump @nytimes

Micaela Marshall

It is no surprise that when the news broke that Donald J. Trump became the 45th president-elect of the United States, the divided nation reacted intensely. Some were devastated, others were thrilled. The media, including the New York Times, was shocked.

The New York Times and Trump have a history of not seeing eye to eye. From the beginning when Trump announced he was running for president, he was treated like a joke and a celebrity with no chance of becoming the next leader of the free world. Hence the irony in the cartoon above that was posted on the Times website November 9, 2016 with the caption "Surprise."

The New York Times, a publication often criticized for its liberal-bias, was dumbfounded and mystified Trump won. According to them and all the polls - it seemed clear that Hillary Clinton would be our next president. I mean, after all, who are all these Trump supporters?

But since Trump and the Republican party as a whole were triumphant on election night, The New York Times has had no choice but to cover the Republican party as fairly as possible as the party won the presidency, and have control over the Senate and House of Representatives.

The Times sent out this letter to their subscribers following the election results:
The New York Times' Publisher, Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. and Executive Editor, Dean Banquet, attempt to reassure their readers that they report with "honesty, without fear or favor."

The letter asks, "Did Donald Trump's sheer unconventionality lead us and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters? What forces and strains in America drove this divisive election and outcome? Most important, how will a president who remains a largely enigmatic figure actually govern when he takes office?"

But Trump is not letting the Times get away with anything. He has no problem calling them out on Twitter if and when he disagrees with what they are reporting - similar to how he approached the media during his campaign.

Trump tags the New York Times Twitter handle in his tweets where he bashes the publication as "dishonest and BAD." He claims the Times is loosing subscribers because of their "very poor and highly inaccurate coverage."

Trump even mocks the letter claiming it was an apology for "BAD coverage of me. I wonder if it will change - doubt it?"

The Times combatted Trump on Twitter, however, tweeting back at him that the fact was they are not loosing subscribers, they are actually gaining new ones.

Source: Twitter

Only time will tell what the state of America holds with president-elect Trump in office, but one thing we can know for certain is that the battle between news outlets like the New York Times and Trump is far from over, and coverage regarding Trump's presidency is no where near finished.

The New York Times sent out the letter to reaffirm their values and fundamental mission to provide good journalism and fair reporting. Let's give them a chance to prove they can do that. Likewise, let's give president-elect Donald J. Trump the chance to show us what it means to "Make America Great Again!"

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