L.A. TIMES ‘NEARLY HYS­TER­I­CAL’ OVER TRUMP

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Me­dia an­a­lysts won­der just how far the news me­dia will go in their ef­forts to un­der­mine Pres­i­dent Trump. Well, they will go pretty far. Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion CEO Wayne LaPierre re­cently noted that “or­ga­nized ha­tred” is un­prece­dented against the new ad­min­is­tra­tion — “am­pli­fied by a na­tional me­dia that has thrown out the rules of jour­nal­ism and has be­come a part of the mob.”

Strong words. But there are strong words in jour­nal­ism as well. This week, the Los An­ge­les Times of­fers a four-part, un­signed ed­i­to­rial series ti­tled “Our Dis­hon­est Pres­i­dent.”

The first in­stall­ment ran Sun­day, pro­claim­ing this: “It was no se­cret dur­ing the cam­paign that Don­ald Trump was a nar­cis­sist and a dem­a­gogue who used fear and dis­hon­esty to ap­peal to the worst in Amer­i­can vot­ers. The Times called him un­pre­pared and un­suited for the job he was seek­ing, and said his elec­tion would be a ‘catas­tro­phe.’ Still, noth­ing pre­pared us for the mag­ni­tude of this train wreck.”

The Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee im­me­di­ately shared the Times mis­sive in full with its mem­ber­ship — and there are three more to come. Like Hil­lary Clin­ton — whose new motto is “re­sist, in­sist, per­sist, en­list” — the Times is is­su­ing a call to bat­tle, ramped up through the vast feed­back loop of the Demo­cratic Party it­self.

“Those who op­pose the new pres­i­dent’s reck­less and heart­less agenda must make their voices heard. Protesters must raise their ban­ners. Vot­ers must turn out for elec­tions,” the pa­per noted, adding, “All of us who are in the busi­ness of hold­ing lead­ers ac­count­able must re­dou­ble our ef­forts to de­fend the truth from his cyn­i­cal as­saults.”

How does the ed­i­to­rial rate on the Richter scale of livid jour­nal­ism?

Joel B. Pol­lak, se­nior ed­i­tor at large for Bre­it­bart News, says the Los An­ge­les Times ap­pears to have lost its bear­ings over the thought of the Trump pres­i­dency — and now “has printed a stri­dent, and nearly hys­ter­i­cal ed­i­to­rial.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion CEO Wayne LaPierre de­cried the “or­ga­nized ha­tred” aimed at Pres­i­dent Trump since his elec­tion in Novem­ber.

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