Trump Touts Jill Abramson Remarks to Bash the New York Times: ‘Fake News, Enemy of the People’


President Donald Trump is touting comments by former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson to bash the paper as the “Enemy of the People.”

Earlier this week, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz reported on an excerpt from her forthcoming book Merchants of Truth, regarding anti-Trump bias at the paper:

“Though Baquet said publicly he didn’t want the Times to be the opposition party, his news pages were unmistakably anti-Trump,” Abramson writes, adding that she believes the same is true of the Washington Post. “Some headlines contained raw opinion, as did some of the stories that were labeled as news analysis.”

What’s more, she says, citing legendary 20th century publisher Adolph Ochs, “the more anti-Trump the Times was perceived to be, the more it was mistrusted for being biased. Ochs’s vow to cover the news without fear or favor sounded like an impossible promise in such a polarized environment.”

And this afternoon, the President eagerly jumped on the news to rip one of his media foes:

Comments from a former New York Times editor about the paper are certainly newsworthy, but in an email to the Associated Press, Abramson said Kurtz took her words out of context and that his article was “an attempt to Foxify my book, which is full of praise for The Times and The Washington Post and their coverage of Trump.”

Per the AP:

In her email, Abramson notes that Kurtz ignored her passage in the book saying that under Baquet’s leadership, the depth and intensity of its accountability coverage of Trump “was masterful. On most days it outshone the Post’s. The news report as a whole had never been stronger.”

Kurtz stood by his report to the AP, saying he was “sorry to see Jill back away from her own words.”

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