from – PoliZette – by Martin Walsh
The New York Times, hungry for stories that paint President Donald Trump in a bad light, reported Monday afternoon the president spends “a lot of time watching television in the White House in his bathrobe.”
The story, based on unnamed sources, also claimed the president felt “cloistered” inside the White House, and that many of his staff members were struggling to adjust to their new roles in the administration.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer accused The Times of getting the story terribly wrong, calling it “the epitome of fake news.”
Spicer continued by arguing that the article, “was so riddled with inaccuracies and lies that they owe the president an apology.”
“Start at the top,” he told reporters. “I don’t think the president owns a bathrobe. He definitely doesn’t wear one.”
President Trump took to Twitter to harangue the article, arguing, “The failing @nytimes writes total fiction concerning me. They have gotten it wrong for two years, and now are making up stories & sources!”
“From top to bottom, it made up stories that don’t exist,” Spicer added. “And I think that’s unfortunate for people who look to news institutions like that for their news.”
The publication of questionably vetted assertions about Trump and key administration officials by The Times is not an outlier. The media have made it their mission to attack the president on a daily basis, regardless of whether or not the facts of a story have been thoroughly vetted.
“The media have one default: to depict the administration in chaos,” Dan Gainor, vice president of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center, told LifeZette, “It doesn’t matter if the facts don’t fit that narrative, they rely on bogus leaks and conjecture to fill in the blanks. And they don’t care if it’s accurate.”
Citing that the president spends a lot of time watching television in the White House in his bathrobe as opposed to working for the American people is not far removed from reporting the Trump administration removed the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office. The MLK bust controversy, courtesy of a White House pool report from TIME the day after Trump’s inauguration, was swiftly proven false.
Last week, The Washington Post published an article arguing that Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was unaware of Trump’s executive order on immigration before it was announced. The article suggested Trump and his team did not properly notify Homeland Security before unpacking the executive order to temporarily halt immigration from seven terrorism-compromised countries.
Kelly held a press conference and chided reporters that he was well aware the president’s executive order was coming and that he saw at least two drafts before it was signed.
Kelly also indicated that high level government lawyers from several agencies, including DHS, were directly involved in the drafting of the action.
The piece from The Post was plagued with so many falsehoods and errors that three corrections were ultimately added to the article, and it has been re-written to a point where the original story no longer exists.
The media also have tried to argue that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steven Bannon continue to collide in the White House over major policy decisions — despite scant actual evidence.
Establishment media outlets continue to look for any excuse to create a problem in the White House where one simply does not exist. Both Bannon and Preibus are top officials to the president with equally important jobs. The president has surrounded himself with a diverse group of professionals to ensure that he is implementing the best possible policies for the American people.
As badly as the media want it to be true, having selective views and differing on minute policies doesn’t equate to turmoil and dissonance in the Oval Office.
If the media are willing to abandon all journalistic credibility and run daily hit pieces against the Trump administration just two weeks into his presidency, we could see a pattern forming that will continue for the next four years.
“[The media] are simply doing the work of the left as they always have,” Gainor said, “but with far more militancy.”