It’s been told many times in many ways — the story of 70-year-old Donald Trump’s many draft deferments.
But how certain media choose to report it is rather interesting.
The top story on today’s New York Times online site and what would be considered the lede in print — upper righthand corner — is a story about Sen. John McCain chastising Trump for his remarks about the parents of U.S. Muslim soldier slain in Iraq who spoke at the Democratic convention.
The next story is a lengthy one about Trump’s four student and one medical deferments during the Vietnam War. It goes on at length about Trump’s dissembling over the years and saying he ultimately received a high number in the draft lottery. The Times’ asked Trump for a copy of the doctor’s letter to the draft board saying he had bone spurs that prompted the deferral. It was not produced, the story says.
But the proper perspective comes when the story mentions in passing that Veep Joe Biden had five student and one medical deferments. The online story dutifully provides a link to a story about this in 2008.
But it was not a Times story. It was a brief AP story. You’d think the Times would link to a Times story if there had been one.
The Washington Times had a story in 2008 noting that Biden’s deferrals were the same number as Veep Dick Cheney’s.
As of 9 a.m. PDT the Times story had nearly 2,000 comments.
The Times posting as breaking news a story about Obama calling on Republican leaders to withdraw support for Trump.
“The question they have to ask themselves is: If you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him?” Obama said at a news conference.