Reporters covering the presidential election from a myriad publications including The New York Times and NBC have expressed negative opinions about Republican nominee Donald Trump in writing, a Daily Caller investigation reveals.
Daily Caller reports:
The journalists all expressed their thoughts about Trump over the past year on Twitter. New York Times political reporter Ashley Parker referred to “Peak Trump” in a retweet of someone saying the GOP nominee had gone “apeshit.” A fellow New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters dismissed Trump’s run as a publicity stunt and connected the GOP nominee to racism and xenophobia a month after his announcement speech. “What Trump sought to bolster by running for president — his brand – is now tarnished by associations with xenophobia and racism,” Peters tweeted in July.
Fellow New York Times reporters Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin have mocked the GOP nominee relentlessly on Twitter. Politico’s political reporters are a little more openly biased towards Trump than those at The New York Times. Politico’s chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush wrote “exactly” in a retweet that referenced Trump that said, “so black people are to blame because they oppose a racist? It’s the voters fault and not the candidate’s? Ok.”
Politico political reporter Eli Stokols said in September, “Trump’s constantly contradictory rhetoric requires a lot of cognitive dissonance-but only if you presume he means anything he says.”
In another tweet, Stokols referred to Trump’s “racist birtherism.” NBC News and MSNBC political reporter Benjy Sarlin has also been open about his disdain towards Trump. “You listen to how Trump talks about [waterboarding] and how crowd responds and it becomes clear it’s about bloodlust not safety,” Sarlin tweeted in June.
“The revisionist history in a few years of the racist elements of Trump’s run is going to be epic,” the NBC/MSNBC reporter said in February tweet. CNN reporter Dylan Byers seemed to excuse anti-Trump bias in one tweet. “Conservatives say media is biased against Trump. Given everything that he’s said & done, it’s actually remarkable how fair they’ve been,” Byers wrote on Wednesday.
Washington Post reporters have been a tad-bit more careful than their colleagues in other media outlets to not be so openly against Trump. Political reporter Dave Weigel did though compare Trump’s rhetoric to a kindergartner. “Jesus, watching this debate after sloggin through all the Trump debates is like moving from kindergarten into grad school,” Weigel wrote during the first Democratic primary debate.
Meanwhile, Washington Post national political correspondent Philip Rucker has fawned over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Twitter. When praising an article by colleague Dan Balz, Rucker wrote, “Clinton was confident & crisp, though not poetic, in arguing it takes a village, not a strong man.”
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