- Leaked Transcript Of NYTimes Staff Meeting Reveals Leadership’s Plan For Reporting On Trump For Next Two Years
by JAMES BARRETT, https://www.dailywire.com/
From “collusion” to “race” and “division.”
On Monday, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet presided over a “crisis townhall meeting” of the Times’ staff after the paper was met with massive backlash from readers for a straightforward headline deemed too kind to Donald Trump by his Democratic opponents. On Thursday, Slate published a leaked transcript of the 75-minute meeting that includes Baquet openly laying out the new agenda for the Times on how it covers Trump.
The “crisis” meeting was called in response to forceful criticism from Democratic politicans and left-wing readers over the Times’ coverage of Trump’s speech following the horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the former by a man who espoused anti-immigrant and white supremacist ideas and the latter by a self-described leftist who had an obsession with violence. In his speech, Trump unequivocally condemned racism and called for greater national unity. “In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” he said. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”
The initial headline the Times posted in a preview of the next day’s paper read, “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM.” That title inspired strong rebuke from many on the Left, including Democratic presidential candidates. In response, the Times quickly altered its title to “ASSAILING HATE BUT NOT GUNS.”
As revealed in the leaked transcript, Baquet began the meeting by referencing the paper’s “significant missteps” and then explaining how these “missteps” stem from “something larger”: the paper’s approach to reporting on Trump. “This is a really hard story, newsrooms haven’t confronted one like this since the 1960s,” said Baquet. “It got trickier after [inaudible] … [it] went from being a story about whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character.”
Baquet then admits that the Times had “built our newsroom” around covering the ultimately debunked narrative that Trump “colluded” with Russia. “We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well,” said Baquet in comments highlighted by the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York. “Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.”