Don’t jest with the jesters in the media

Trump in Florida today (NYTimes pix)

Don’t try joking with the humor-impaired.

The New York Times flashed out an email this morning with the hed: “Donald J. Trump called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power’s cyberspying.”

What Trump actually said was: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” while staring into the cameras. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

The online hed was corrected to say: “Donald Trump Challenges Russia to Find Hillary Clinton’s Missing Emails.” More accurate, but the lede still included the editorialization that he was sanctioning cyberspying, instead of ribbing the Democratic National Committee and Clinton for lax computer security.

Apparently in all seriousness, the Times account went on say:

Later in the news conference, when asked if he was really urging a foreign nation to hack into the private email server of Mrs. Clinton, or at least meddle in the nation’s elections, he dismissed the question. “That’s up to the president,” Mr. Trump said, before finally telling the female questioner to “be quiet — let the president talk to them.”

Now, why did the story include the fact the questioner was female? To imply that Trump was telling the little lady to mind her manners and be quiet?

Such subtleties are surely lost on the folks at the Gray Lady.

The Times reported earlier that spy agencies have said they now have “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the purloined emails, but were uncertain whether the act was routine spying or an attempt to manipulate the presidential election.



11 comments on “Don’t jest with the jesters in the media

  1. Bill says:

    Tom, it’s not just the N.Y. Times that has no sense of humor. Look at some of the comments being posted on your blog. Hopefully, some of your commentators are educable but. Unless Roger Ailes buys the Times with his severance package from Fox, the Times will never see anything humorous in what someone who opposes their world view has to say.

  2. Vernon Clayson says:

    Maybe Harry Reid will say that Trump hasn’t paid taxes in ten years or that Clinton is fair-skinned enough and doesn’t have a whiny accent unless she wants to. I know, I’m reaching but I’m educable. Roger Ailes, isn’t the high minded soul that got rid of Imus because he wasn’t poltically correct?

  3. What I found hilarious…I tuned into CNN to watch a little of their convention coverage and what was the topic? That’s right – Trump. So here we have the the biased CNN 9 person panel…one Republican and eight slobbering lefties all twisting their heads like in the Exorcist and twisting themselves into pretzels over Trump’s off the cuff remarks. He was in their heads for thirty minutes…he inserted himself in THEIR convention! I couldn’t stop laughing…

  4. Patrick says:

    The far right wing in this country just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

    And I mean, this is a “respected” right wing site…right?

  5. Steve says:

    Winston, Hillary? Really?

  6. Patrick says:


    Political philosophy is more than just economic philosophy.

    The article you cited merely states an opinion that some people, in both parties, OUGHT to be focused on markets (apparently more than other issues) and that this focus ought to be the yardstick by which everything is measured.

    Sounds like right wing babble to me. Similar to the far right wing argument expressed in the article I cited that Russia manufactured Trump to destroy the US.

    I mean, wasn’t that what the lunatic fringe on the right used to say about Obama? Just never ends with these crazies.

  7. All the quotes in that article were from Time.

  8. Steve says:

    Patrick can’t accept that some would support Clinton in hopes she would be the most fiscally responsible of the major options.
    Ironic, isn’t it? Patrick also called Clinton the “best Republican running” in posts he made on numerous occasions.

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