Trump Bashes NY Times for Making Him Look Bad: ‘In 6 Years They Will Be Gone’
Back from his round of golf with Tiger Woods, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday evening to bash the New York Times for being corrupt after running a story about sanctuary cities.
“The New York Times Sanctuary Cities/Immigration story today was knowingly wrong on almost every fact. They never call to check for truth. Their sources often don’t even exist, a fraud. They will lie & cheat anyway possible to make me look bad. In 6 years they will be gone,” Trump wrote.
The New York Times Sanctuary Cities/Immigration story today was knowingly wrong on almost every fact. They never call to check for truth. Their sources often don’t even exist, a fraud. They will lie & cheat anyway possible to make me look bad. In 6 years they will be gone……..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2019
He also insisted that the Times had to beg subscribers for forgiveness after botching coverage of the 2016 election.
“When I won the Election in 2016, the @nytimes had to beg their fleeing subscribers for forgiveness in that they covered the Election (and me) so badly,” Trump wrote. “They didn’t have a clue, it was pathetic. They even apologized to me. But now they are even worse, really corrupt reporting!”
Trump, by the way, doesn’t exactly have his facts right. The New York Times actually reported that they had a “Trump bump” as a result of the election.
Here is the report from November 2018 (emphasis mine):
More than three million paid digital-only subscribers. More than four million total.
The New York Times Company announced on Thursday that it surpassed those milestones during the third quarter of 2018, when the number of its digital subscribers showed a net increase of roughly 203,000.
That was the highest gain in digital subscribers in a quarter since the so-called Trump bump in the fourth quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 after the presidential election.
In response to Trump’s tweet, NYT’s Maggie Haberman noted that Trump seems to complain about the press when something is coming up.
POTUS language on the press has changed noticeably in recent weeks, beyond the basic terms he’s used in past. Often he does that when he’s conditioning supporters ahead of an event of some kind. https://t.co/Jk3XOoOQgJ
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 14, 2019
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