President Donald J. Trump’s claim that The New York Times is failing was challenged by the liberal-leaning news organization Monday evening. According to the paper’s public relations team, The New York Times is “thriving.”
President Trump lashed out at The New York Times while in New Jersey on Monday afternoon. He tweeted: “How much longer will the failing nytimes, with its big losses and massive unfunded liability (and non-existent sources), remain in business?”
Despite the fact that the president himself gave an exclusive and very friendly interview to the paper in late June, he’s often criticized The New York Times for spreading fake news about him and being liberally biased.
The tweet from Trump comes after a week in which many of his supporters thought the president was finally changing his tweeting habits. Most of his tweets last week were positive messages, leaving very little room for topics like “fake news.” But it appears The New York Times got Trump off message with the article they published over the weekend.
In an article published on Saturday evening, The New York Times claimed that Vice President Pence’s schedule was booked solid with political events, so much so that Republicans said he was acting like a second-term vice president. Meaning, he was attempting his own run at the presidency after Trump’s first term.
The paper also claims that top aides to Pence say the vice president has discussed in private a presidential campaign of his own for 2020.
VP Pence quickly denounced the report, saying, “Today’s article in The New York Times is disgraceful and offensive to me.” He said the allegations were false, and that they seemed to be an attempt to divide the Trump administration.
“Whatever fake news may come our way, my entire team will continue to focus all our efforts to advance the President’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020,” he wrote. “Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd.”
After the president sent his tweet Monday, The New York Times defended both the story and the success of the paper. In a tweet sent late Monday, The New York Times wrote: “That is incorrect. NYT’s business is thriving. Most ever paid subs: 3.3 million; and growing profit, income and revenues.”
That is incorrect. NYT’s business is thriving. Most ever paid subs: 3.3 million; and growing profit, income and revenues. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/NE5fqu8RVW
— NYTCo Communications (@NYTimesComm) August 7, 2017
While President Trump began his day bashing The New York Times, he also leveled confrontational tweets in another direction. In a three part tweet, the president called out Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.
Part one: “Interesting to watch Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist!”
Part two: “Never in U.S.history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and….”
Part three: “…conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a lie. He cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child. Now he judges collusion?”
The president didn’t stop there with the negative tweets.
He then launched another message stating his disgust for the mainstream media’s coverage of the sanctions against North Korea. Trump tweeted: “The Fake News Media will not talk about the importance of the United Nations Security Council’s 15-0 vote in favor of sanctions on N. Korea!”
Almost as if he knew what today would bring in terms of Tweets from the president, on Sunday Dennis Michael Lynch launched a poll asking readers if they prefer it when the president stays positive with his tweets.
The poll asked the following:
“This past week the president was in the Oval Office most days. But he didn’t tweet out anything negative. It was mostly all positive messaging. Many attribute this to the new chief of staff.
Speculation is General Kelly may have told the president that the only way he remains as the chief of staff is the negative tweets stop. Who knows why it’s happening, but it is. Last night, Trump tweeted a nice message about Jeff Sessions. Trump praised the attorney general for his crackdown on leakers.
Today, we ask you, do you prefer the president’s positive tweets?”
Thousands of DML readers responded. More than 83% of voters said they prefer the president’s tweets to be positive. Nearly 3% said they’d like to see the Twitter account closed down altogether. You can vote by clicking here.
Following the president’s negative tweets, DML readers sent in to this website a flurry of emails asking why Trump is going back to his old ways. One reader, Dennis Nagan, wrote this: “Mr. President, I see today you are once again in a negative tweeting war. How in hell is this negativity helping you accomplish your agenda?” He continued, “PLEASE quit following in Obama’s footsteps of blasting those who oppose you!” He then went on to say, “many very good people, especially those who served in the military will not continue to support someone who berates others. Men of true strength walk softly, but carry a big stick.”
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