Last week, President Trump slammed the “Failing New York Times,” and summed up the far-left media, calling them an “evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party,” with one brilliant tweet:
The New York Times reporter Kenneth P. Vogel is fighting back. Today, he tweeted an article he co-wrote with Jeremy Peters, where he whines about Trump allies who are exposing anti-Trump journalists, editors of anti-Trump publications, and Democrat lawmakers, who’ve written anti-Semitic,Islmaphobic and homophobic articles or posts on social media.
From the New York Times article:
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.
It is the latest step in a long-running effort by Mr. Trump and his allies to undercut the influence of legitimate news reporting. Four people familiar with the operation described how it works, asserting that it has compiled dossiers of potentially embarrassing social media posts and other public statements by hundreds of people who work at some of the country’s most prominent news organizations.
The group has already released information about journalists at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times — three outlets that have aggressively investigated Mr. Trump — in response to reporting or commentary that the White House’s allies consider unfair to Mr. Trump and his team or harmful to his re-election prospects.
Operatives have closely examined more than a decade’s worth of public posts and statements by journalists, the people familiar with the operation said. Only a fraction of what the network claims to have uncovered has been made public, the people said, with more to be disclosed as the 2020 election heats up. The research is said to extend to members of journalists’ families who are active in politics, as well as liberal activists and other political opponents of the president.
It is not possible to independently assess the claims about the quantity or potential significance of the material the pro-Trump network has assembled. Some involved in the operation have histories of bluster and exaggeration. And those willing to describe its techniques and goals may be trying to intimidate journalists or their employers.
Vogel tweeted a link to his article. In his tweet, Vogel calls the efforts of Trump allies to expose the truth about liberal journalists, “NEW FRONT IN THE WAR ON THE PRESS.”
TRUMP allies say they have archived embarrassing posts by hundreds of employees of @nytimes, @washingtonpost,@CNN & others. The TRUMP allies plan to disseminate the posts in response to coverage they consider unfair.
The TRUMP allies plan to disseminate the posts in response to coverage they consider unfair. https://t.co/UqKvjyxd6w
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) August 25, 2019
Vogel uses Trump supporter Arthur Schwartz as an example of one of the “Trump allies” who are working to expose leftist journalists.
It is clear from the cases to date that among the central players in the operation is Arthur Schwartz, a combative 47-year-old conservative consultant who is a friend and informal adviser to Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son. Mr. Schwartz has worked with some of the right’s most aggressive operatives, including the former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon.
Here are a few examples of Schwartz’s tweets over the past week, where he exposes the left:
In this tweet, Schwartz exposed “disgraced NYT’s editor Jonathan Weisman, who “previously published a list of Jew lawmakers that were opposed to the Iran deal.” Schwartz ended his tweet with a twist on the New York Time’s motto: “The New York Times: all the anti-Semitism that’s fit to print.”
In this tweet, Schwartz exposes Washington Post reporter, Josh Dawsey who refers to Muslim immigrants as “ragheads.”
In this tweet, Schwart exposes CNN photo journalist Mohammed Elshamy for a tweet from 2011, when he referred to 4 Jewish men killed by Palestinians, “4 jewish pigs.”
Schwartz also tweeted a link to an article about Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who called on the New York Times to fire their politics editor Tom Wright-Piersanti, for his “past racist and anti-Semitic remarks.”
The Trump ally also went after Democrat Senator Jeff Merkley for trying to block Ambassador Grenell’s confirmation because he didn’t want Trump to be recognized for appointing the first openly gay Republican in history. In his tweet, Schwartz claimed that the Democrat senator is “now angry that anti-Semitism & homophobia in the media is being exposed.”
Katrina Pierson, a senior advisor on Trump’s campaign, exposed reporter Alex Roarty of McClatchy News for a disgustingly deceptive headline that makes the reader believe the massive mobilization efforts are related to the Democrat Party, when in fact, the article only talks about the massive mobilization of Trump supporters.
Hey @Alex_Roarty @mawilner I think your editor removed the Democrat part because the headline includes “massive” mobilization for the Democrat party – but the article only describes @realDonaldTrump massively mobilization. 🤷🏻♀️ https://t.co/orHRarGe95
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) August 26, 2019
Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire tweeted some of CNN’s top scandals of the month, including CNN employees being charged with violence, threats of violence, sexual assault and the hiring of a documented liar.
CNN’s #VeryFakeNews Brian Stelter attempted to trash Trump supporters for outing their anti-Semitic, homophobic and Islamaphobic views. Arthur Schwartz destroyed him.
My role in these efforts was profoundly over-exaggerated in that NYT story. But interesting that CNN’s immediate response is to suggest that my First Amendment rights should be limited because CNN doesn’t like what I have to say.
Vogel’s tweet was slammed with responses like the one below, shaming him for thinking reporters should be held to a different standard than others.
Wait… archiving public posts from Journalists is “war on the press”? Maybe they shouldn’t have posted the shit in the first place.
It’s as if digging up old racist garbage to unfairly smear people is ok against some and not others. https://t.co/iLF99x63NT
— Razor (@hale_razor) August 25, 2019
Here are a few more examples of responses to Vogel’s tweet, whining about Trump allies exposing his anti-Trump friends in the media and the Democrat Party.
Median Politics makes an important point about the slew of lies that have been pushed by the media about President Trump, asking NYT’s reporter Kenneth P. Vogel, “Who’s at war?”
And finally, DC Law asks, “Why the outrage?” and reminds Vogel the most traditional form of journalism is “journalistic accountability.”
What do you think? Should journalists be immune from criticism? Are Trump’s allies right to call them out? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.