New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet refuted President Donald Trump’s claim that the paper was “failing,” and noted that Trump’s Twitter attacks were, in fact, driving subscriptions “through the roof.”
CNN host Brian Stelter pointed out on Sunday that Trump had said at least 53 times on Twitter that the Times was “failing.”
But Baquet insisted that Trump’s assertion was factually incorrect.
“We’re not failing at all,” he explained. “In fact, our digital subscriptions are going through the roof. Even print subscriptions are up. We’re a profitable company. We’re a newsroom that’s hiring. I mean, we’re a big, vibrant, important newsroom.”
According to Baquet, Trump’s White House was engaged in “an effort to minimize the press.”
“I think if you look at the pattern of the president’s tweets, they’re actually designed to minimize the institutions who are charged with holding him accountable,” he declared.
Stelter wondered if Trump’s attacks on the media showed that the president had “authoritarian tendencies.”
Baquet agreed that the president’s strategy was, at the very least, “troublesome” and “dangerous.”
“Trump is the best thing to happen to the Times subscription strategy,” he added. “Every time he tweets, it drives subscriptions wildly.”
Watch the video below from CNN’s Reliable Sources, broadcast Feb. 26, 2017.
Louie Gohmert’s daughter begs him to heed medical advice and not to follow Trump to ‘an early grave’
In a statement posted to Twitter this Friday, the daughter of Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert said that her father contracted the coronavirus because he chose to ignore medical expertise.
Gohmert’s daughter Caroline, who is also a recording artist known as BELLSAINT, said that “wearing a mask is a non-partisan issue.”
“The advice of medical experts shouldn’t be politicized,” her statement read. “My father ignored medical expertise and now he has COVID.”
“It’s not worth following a president who has no remorse for leading his followers to an early grave,” she added.
Doctors fear Trump will lie about a vaccine to win the election
There is a fear among many that the so-called "October Surprise" won't be another international scandal at the White House, but President Donald Trump announcing a vaccine, whether there is one or not.
Washington Post political columnist Greg Sargent explained in his Monday column that scientists are issuing a warning in a series of New York Times interviews. Either Trump will like and announce a vaccine that isn't ready or he'll rush the process to ensure a vaccine is ready, whether it is or not. Some of the scientists even work for the American government and have updated information on the status of a vaccine.
GOP strategists fear a Kris Kobach nomination could cost Republicans greatly: ‘The Senate majority runs through Kansas’
In Kansas’ Republican senatorial primary, voters will choose between former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Rep. Roger Marshall — who some GOP strategists believe is by far the more electable of the two. And according to Politico’s James Arkin, one of the prominent Republicans who is sounding the alarm is Kevin McLaughlin, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Although Kobach and Marshall are both hard-right politically, Kobach is more extreme — so extreme that even in deep red Kansas, he lost a gubernatorial race to a centrist Democrat in the 2018 midterms. That Democrat, Laura Kelly, is now governor of Kansas, where Kobach was a leading promoter of the racist “birther” conspiracy theory during the 2010s.