Bozell & Graham Column: They Dish It Out, But Can't Take It

August 27th, 2019 10:48 PM

In the midst of the daily tarring and feathering of President Trump by our “objective” press, we are treated to some precious moments where these badly disguised political operatives write something unintentionally hilarious.

Take, for example, the New York Times story on August 26 headlined “Trump’s Allies Scour Internet to Punish Press.” Reporters Ken Vogel and Jeremy Peters ominously warned “A loose network of conservative operatives allied with the White House is pursuing what they say will be an aggressive operation to discredit news organizations deemed hostile to President Trump by publicizing damaging information about journalists.”

Notice how journalists employ a language of scandal and conspiracy to insist those horrible conservatives are going to publicize damaging information about journalists, as if this is entirely different than their daily output. So let's use their lingo. The Times is “an aggressive operation to discredit anyone deemed hostile to liberalism by publishing damaging information about them.”

This outraged front-page story came in the wake of a Times politics editor named Tom Wright-Piersaniti being forced to apologize for (and delete) objectionable tweets. On January 1, 2010, he tweeted “For example, I was going to say ‘Crappy Jew Year,’ but one of my resolutions is to be less anti-Semitic. So… HAPPY Jew Year. You Jews.”

And this: “I don't hate Mohawk Indians, though. I love those guys. I just hate Indians with mohawks. Different indians, different mohawks.”

A month ago, CNN photo editor Mohammed Elshamy was exposed for 2011 tweets, including “More than 4 jewish pigs killed in #Jerusalem today by the Palestinian bomb explode,” and “Despite everything happening now in Egypt. I'm proud of the army generation that liberated us from the zionist pigs @ 6 october 1973”.

Those who live to expose Twitter outrages must be stopped!  

Arthur Schwartz, an ally of Donald Trump Jr, tweeted “If the @nytimes thinks this settles the matter we can expose a few of their other bigots. Lots more where this came from.”

The Times admitted this was about “potentially embarrassing social media posts and other public statements,” but a caption under a picture on this story warned “The operation is the latest step in a long-running effort by President Trump and his allies to undercut the influence of legitimate news reporting.”

So in other words, everything they do is "legitimate." Everything their critics report about them is "undercutting the influence" of heroic journalists. 

Not to be outdone in outrage, Times publisher Arthur Gregg Sulzberger issued a memo about his paper's allegedly “fearless and fair coverage” of Trump and complained “They are using insinuation and exaggeration to manipulate the facts for political gain.” The lack of self-awareness is mind-boggling. This sentence could be the motto of The New York Times.

A spokesman for CNN also looked silly by proclaiming when those in government “and those working on their behalf, threaten and retaliate against reporters as a means of suppression, it’s a clear abandonment of democracy for something very dangerous.” Can we please stop these insufferable people constantly insisting that they are the Embodiment of Democracy, and when you attack them, Democracy is abandoned or suppressed or endangered? 

These journalists can dish it out against Trump and Trump backers as the worst human on Earth, news cycle after cycle, but they're reduced to whining like children when someone, somewhere says "Boo!" about them.