If the New York Times ever wants to be considered a legitimate news source, perhaps they ought to put more effort into accurately reporting the facts, instead of twisting everything to fit the narrative they want to push.Apparently the publication has admitted to misquoting President Trump five times in the wake of the Charlottesville protests.
Not once. Five times.
According to the Daily Caller:
Four of the corrected reports misquoted what Trump said about who is to blame for the violence, and a fifth report from two star reporters misquoted what Trump said about the push to tear down Confederate statues. One of the corrections is egregious, while others are fairly minor, but taken together they reveal a trend of careless mistakes in reporting on Trump’s remarks.Two reports misquoted this line from Trump’s initial statement on the violence: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides — on many sides.”
Reporter Glenn Thrush dropped the ball on this particular quote:
“Correction: August 14, 2017 An earlier version of this article misquoted part of President Trump’s statement on the violence in Charlottesville, Va. He blamed ‘many sides,’ not ‘all sides,’ for the violence that left one woman dead.”Next up to the plate is Andrew Ross Sorkin who followed in Thrush’s footsteps, also bungling the same quote from Trump in a report about allegedly angry CEOs:
“Correction: August 14, 2017 An earlier version of this article misquoted part of President Trump’s statement on the violence in Charlottesville, Va. He blamed ‘many sides,’ not ‘all sides,’ for the violence that left one woman dead.”The following day, Maggie Haberman and Michael Shear misquoted the president when he spoke about the movement to remove Confederate statues in their piece covering his press conference:
“Correction: August 15, 2017 An earlier version of this report incorrectly quoted President Trump’s words about taking down statues of historical leaders. His correct quote is: ‘So this week, it is Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?’”
Another reporter claimed President Trump laid the blame for the violence that occurred on the “alt-left” just a few days later.
“Correction: August 18, 2017 The Common Sense column on Thursday, about the calculus of chief executives in deciding whether to take on the president, referred incompletely to President Trump’s comments on Tuesday about the instigators of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va. He said there was ‘blame on both sides,’ including club-wielding members of what he called the ‘alt-left’; he did not say that group was solely responsible.”
And as if that wasn’t enough, 10 days after Trump made his first statements on Charlottesville, the NYT had to issue another correction about a misquote on the incident given at Trump Tower:
“Correction: August 22, 2017 An earlier version of this article misquoted President Trump. He said there were ‘very fine people on both sides’ of the deadly melee in Charlottesville, Va., not ‘the good people on both sides.'”
This is a clear demonstration of the lack of integrity that this news organization and many other left-wing outlets possess, destroying their credibility as objective sources of information.
In an age where the Internet captures just about any moment of significance, there’s no reason to misquote someone. Such carelessness shows an ideological agenda, and exposes their deep desire to see the president say something awful, or self-destruct.
We can only hope this exercise has prompted them toward factual reporting. We won’t hold our collective breath.