The mainstream media has spent nearly a decade demonizing Donald Trump, including throughout his first four years in the White House and as he faces multiple criminal trials ahead of his bid for another term.
While President Joe Biden oversees the Justice Department that is currently targeting his likeliest 2024 rival, news outlets like The New York Times nevertheless portray a second Trump administration as a threat to the rule of law.
“More than anything else, Mr. Trump’s vow to use the Justice Department to wreak vengeance against his adversaries is a naked challenge to democratic values,” a recent article by Charlie Savage, Jonathan Swan and Maggie Haberman claims. “Building on how he tried to get prosecutors to go after his enemies while in office, it would end the post-Watergate norm of investigative independence from White House political control.”
The assertion sparked more than a few accusations of hypocrisy from social media users who believe the Biden White House has already dismantled that very norm.
Who will tell the Times? pic.twitter.com/ykcyZD1KZE
— Eddie Scarry (@eScarry) December 4, 2023
Of course, the Times is hardly alone in sounding the alarms about the perceived risks associated with electing Trump to another term.
Jeffrey Goldberg, the outlet’s editor-in-chief, recently amplified his personal animosity toward Trump during an interview with CNN.
“We can’t participate in the normalization of Donald Trump,” he said, saying nothing of the left’s “normalization” of an 81-year-old Biden who routinely exhibits physical and cognitive decline and has been implicated in international corruption involving members of his immediate family.
Nevertheless, CNN gushed that “Goldberg is one of the few major newsroom leaders who has been exceptionally clear-eyed about the perilous storm on the horizon for American democracy.”
During his recent interview, he suggested that his role at The Atlantic involves spoon-feeding readers a steady supply of anti-Trump rhetoric.
“I want people to be able to hand this issue to people … who are still unsure about the nature of Trump’s authoritarianism,” he added.
As for his interpretation of journalism itself, he said he “would prefer journalists to speak plainly about what they’re seeing,” assuming, it appears, their interpretation aligns with his belief “that a second Trump term poses a threat to the existence of America as we know it.”