Conservative columnist slams press for doing Trump's job for him
President Donald Trump. (AFP / SAUL LOEB)

On Sunday, the New York Times published a story chronicling all of the predictably juvenile insults President Trump has hurled at his Democratic rivals in the crowded primary.


Writing in the Washington Post, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin chides the Times for doing Trump's work for him and amplifying negative framing about his challengers.

"The New York Times gives prominent placement on its home page to list all of President Trump’s juvenile nicknames for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including the racist Native American slur directed at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)," Rubin writes.

"This serves no purpose other than to highlight his name-calling and reinforce his abusive conduct."

She also calls out cable news for not pushing back on administration lies.

"Meanwhile, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders goes on “Meet the Press” to repeatedly accuse former FBI director James B. Comey of treason," Rubin points out.

"She insists everyone knows about corruption at the top levels of the Justice Department. (“We already know that there was an outrageous amount of corruption that took place at the FBI.”) She claims “they” leaked information and lied."

In conclusion, Rubin points out that solely the judiciary and some Democrats are doing their jobs.

"The courts are doing their part. House Democrats are doing their part. Now, the media need to exercise the same diligence in calling out Trump’s lies. Instead of learning from the mistakes of 2016 — when Trump was allowed to spew his racism and falsehoods at length on live TV coverage of rallies — the media risk a repeat by simply recycling his slurs and lies. Do better, please."