by William Teach | December 24, 2017 8:17 am
Back in 2016, the NY Times mad a big change to their use of anonymous sources policies. They have to be bigly approved by high ranking editors for things where the primary news element is based on anonymous sources. I guess Dean Baquet, Matt Purdy, and Phil Corbett are rather busy, because it seems that everything is based on anonymous sources, which gives readers absolutely no ability to verify the veracity of the story. But, for the Times, this matters little, because this is about a Narrative
Stoking Fears, Trump Defied Bureaucracy to Advance Immigration Agenda
Late to his own meeting and waving a sheet of numbers, President Trump stormed into the Oval Office one day in June, plainly enraged.
Five months before, Mr. Trump had dispatched federal officers to the nation’s airports to stop travelers from several Muslim countries from entering the United States in a dramatic demonstration of how he would deliver on his campaign promise to fortify the nation’s borders.
But so many foreigners had flooded into the country since January, he vented to his national security team, that it was making a mockery of his pledge. Friends were calling to say he looked like a fool, Mr. Trump said.
According to six officials who attended or were briefed about the meeting, Mr. Trump then began reading aloud from the document, which his domestic policy adviser, Stephen Miller, had given him just before the meeting. The document listed how many immigrants had received visas to enter the United States in 2017.
More than 2,500 were from Afghanistan, a terrorist haven, the president complained.
Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, according to one person who attended the meeting and another person who was briefed about it by a different person who was there.
Wait, wait, one of the sources was someone who wasn’t even there? But heard gossip from someone who supposedly was? Is this a high school gossip circle? That’s a damn big allegation to be using a source that is a direct quote, for which the Times rules say they should be rarely used, “only when pivotal.”
Forty thousand had come from Nigeria, Mr. Trump added. Once they had seen the United States, they would never “go back to their huts” in Africa, recalled the two officials, who asked for anonymity to discuss a sensitive conversation in the Oval Office.
In fact, there is not one named person from that meeting who can back up any of these assertions. There is no one who can provide verification. This is about as shoddy of journalism as it can get. But, this is the era of Trump Derangement Syndrome, where everything is meant to be Trump Is Bad, the reverse of what they did during Obama’s years.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, denied on Saturday morning that Mr. Trump had made derogatory statements about immigrants during the meeting.
It’s up to the NY Times and the outlets who ran with the Times’ story to prove that it’s true.
The rest of the article is meant to portray had mean Trump has been to legal and illegal immigrants. Oh, and it’s strange that the Times hasn’t really covered Trump obliterating ISIS (with some help, of course) as an organized group
Thank God for the President's leadership in fight to defeat ISIS https://t.co/zsewP7cIuc
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 24, 2017
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