New York Times blasts Biden for ignoring independent press in scathing statement

The New York Times is not happy with President Joe Biden over his persistent refusal to take questions from independent reporters.

The Times is so unhappy, in fact, that the paper released a scathing statement Thursday slamming the president.

“For anyone who understands the role of the free press in a democracy, it should be troubling that President Biden has so actively and effectively avoided questions from independent journalists during his term,” the statement begins. “The president occupies the most important office in our nation, and the press plays a vital role in providing insights into his thinking and worldview, allowing the public to assess his record and hold him to account.”

“Mr. Biden has granted far fewer press conferences and sit-down interviews with independent journalists than virtually all of his predecessors. It is true that The Times has sought an on-the-record interview with Mr. Biden, as it has done with all presidents going back more than a century. If the president chooses not to sit down with The Times because he dislikes our independent coverage, that is his right, and we will continue to cover him fully and fairly either way,” it continues.

“However, in meetings with Vice President Harris and other administration officials, the publisher of The Times focused instead on a higher principle: That systematically avoiding interviews and questions from major news organizations doesn’t just undermine an important norm, it also establishes a dangerous precedent that future presidents can use to avoid scrutiny and accountability. That is why Mr. Sulzberger has repeatedly urged the White House to have the president sit down with The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNN and other major independent news organizations that millions of Americans rely on to understand their government,” the statement concludes.

The statement was posted hours after Politico ran a bombshell report about tensions between the Biden administration and the Times that have “been bubbling beneath the surface for at least the last five years.”

“[T]he relationship between the Democratic president and the country’s newspaper of record — for years the epitome of a liberal press in the eyes of conservatives — remains remarkably tense, beset by misunderstandings, grudges and a general lack of trust,” Politico reported.

“Complaints that were long kept private are even spilling into public view, with campaign aides in Wilmington going further than their colleagues in the White House and routinely blasting the paper’s coverage in emails, posts on social media and memos,” according to the outlet.

The Biden administration’s primary beef with the Times is that the paper hasn’t sucked up to dear leader enough.

“[T]hey see the Times falling short in a make-or-break moment for American democracy, stubbornly refusing to adjust its coverage as it strives for the appearance of impartial neutrality, often blurring the asymmetries between former President Donald Trump and Biden when it comes to their perceived flaws and vastly different commitments to democratic principles,” Politico notes.

In other words, they’re mad that the Times, to its credit, is at least trying (very poorly, FYI) to be fair in its reporting.

“Democrats believe in the importance of a free press in upholding our democracy, and the NYT was for generations an important standard bearer for the fourth estate,” former Biden campaign official Kate Berner blabbered to Politico. “The frustration with the Times is sometimes so intense because the Times is failing at its important responsibility.”

Which, of course, is to suck up to the Democrat Party.

Responding to Politico’s report, critics were full of mockery given the paper’s known sycophancy for dear leader.


Vivek Saxena


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