NY Times And WaPo Change Tune: Trump Supporters Deserve 'Respect'
Executive editors admit the publications 'have to do better'
In what seemed to be drastic U-turn on the media's anti-Trump narrative, executive editors of the Washington Post and the New York Times admitted their outlets "have to do better" when reporting on President Donald Trump's supporters.
Both Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron and New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet agreed during Sunday's Meet the Press on NBC that the publications should "respect" and not be "dismissive" towards supporters of Trump.
“I don’t want to be dismissive of people who support the president," Baron said.
"I think they’re owed our respect, and they certainly have mine,” he added.
“They feel that the so-called elites in Washington have not paid attention to them, that they don’t understand their lives," he continued.
"They feel that the president is actually listening to them and addressing their concerns, and so they tend to believe him.”
"We have to do a better job understanding why some people support Donald Trump," he added.
"I agree with Marty; we can’t dismiss everybody that supports Donald Trump. I think we have to get out in America much more than we do and talk to people.”
"I think we cannot dismiss everybody who supported Donald Trump, and we just cannot dismiss them."
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Massachusetts newspaper, The Eagle-Tribune, Democrat Biden drew a crowd of “about 30 supporters” while Republican Trump packed out an arena for his rally in the same state.
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"First off, that’s not journalistically moral. It’s journalistically moral to reach out, understand the world, and to be read — that’s our job."
Both papers have been criticized for being biased towards Trump and his supporters.
Earlier this year, the former executive editor of the New York Times blasted the paper for its news pages becoming "unmistakably anti-Trump."
Jill Abramson, the veteran journalist who led the newspaper from 2011 to 2014, said the outlet had a financial incentive to bash Trump and that the imbalance was destroying its credibility.
“Though Baquet said publicly he didn’t want the Times to be the opposition party, his news pages were unmistakably anti-Trump,” Abramson states, adding that she believes the same is true of the Washington Post.
“Some headlines contained raw opinion, as did some of the stories that were labeled as news analysis.”