When President Trump blasts the “failing” New York Times, he’s actually selling short the deep, devastating problems within the entire newspaper industry. While the novelty of Trump’s bombastic campaign and presidency has kept these papers afloat for a few years past their natural expiration date, the fact is that these higher-than-normal subscriptions will not last forever.
And if there was any chance for the old print media to capitalize on this sudden windfall and translate it into long-term success, the nation’s editors have completely missed it. Instead, they’ve largely followed the lead of the Gray Lady and the Washington Post and turned their papers into platforms for endless amounts of fake news and anti-Trump rhetoric.
And now they seem determined to drive the final nails into their own coffin.
This week, the Boston Globe is joining scores of newspapers around the country to publish simultaneous editorials blasting the president for his “dirty war on the free press.”
“We propose to publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date,” the Globe said in initiating the effort.
According to CNN, the Globe has heard back from “more than 100 publications,” which all say they will do as asked and publish an anti-Trump editorial on August 16. The only question is whether or not the readers of these papers, many of which publish anti-Trump editorials on a daily basis, will even notice that anything is different.
According to journalists, Trump’s rhetoric against the media is getting worse. Of course, they aren’t wrong. On August 5th, Trump wrote the following: “The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!”
The rhetoric is getting worse because the coverage is getting worse. America is in fantastic shape under this administration’s leadership, yet you would never know it from the biased, insane, unhinged coverage found in many of this nation’s leading newspapers. Instead of remaining true to objective principles, these titans of journalism have decided it is their job to hammer the president from every conceivable angle until he is removed from office. What else can you call a profession like that other than “fake news?”
An editorial-writing campaign isn’t going to change that. In fact, it only solidifies Trump’s point.