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When you're in the propaganda business, you're not supposed to give the game away by blatantly taking one side.
The New York Times lost sight of this in the Trump-era and it's cost them their credibility, as former NY Times editor Jill Abramson reportedly explains in her new book, "Merchants of Truth."
From Fox News, "Former NY Times editor rips Trump coverage as biased":
A former executive editor of the New York Times says the paper’s news pages, the home of its straight-news coverage, have become “unmistakably anti-Trump.”
Trump claims he is keeping the “failing” Times in business—an obvious exaggeration—but the former editor acknowledges a “Trump bump” that saw digital subscriptions during his first six months in office jump by 600,000, to more than 2 million."Smear Merchants" is a more appropriate title.
Regardless, the reason the NY Times and every other major news publication -- without exception -- went all-in against Trump is because that's what their owners and their readers wanted them to do.
As Google and Facebook hadn't yet rigged the entire internet in their favor, hyper-partisan, far-left sites like Buzzfeed, Vice, Vox and Mic were simply taking all "their" traffic and making a killing. Since the rigging was put in place, those "new media" sites are all either downsizing or going bankrupt.
The Democratic Party tried to make a similar pivot after the election to try and win back the rural white voters they lost to Trump. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi dragged themselves out to small-town Berryville, Virginia and unveiled some Trump-like platform talking about cracking down on Chinese currency manipulation and other stuff directly lifted from Trump.
They called it "A Better Deal."
As the AP reported at the time:
The phrase played off the full title of the Democratic platform -- "A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future" -- which some have mockingly compared to the Papa John’s pizza slogan, "Better Ingredients, Better Pizza."That lasted around two days as their base completely rejected it. Instead, they decided to go all-in on anti-white identity politics. It worked well enough for them in the midterms so they've already decided to do the same in 2020.
As Danielle Moodie-Mills told MSNBC host Chris Hayes in November, Democrats need to "stop pandering to the white working class" which is demographically becoming a minority because they're not "the future of this country."
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