On Tuesday, a New York Times reporter tweeted that the paper wanted its readers to send the newspaper incidences of fake news, stating that the paper was ‚Äėlooking for false information being spread deliberately to confuse, mislead, or influence voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.‚ÄĚ
The Times might start by looking inward just a little. In July 2017, the Times published a widely-condemned scurrilous editorial reiterating a long-debunked conspiracy theory suggesting that a map published by Sarah Palin‚Äôs PAC listing electoral districts caused Jared Lee Loughner to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in 2011.
In May 2018, the Times understated the number of people at a Trump rally in Nashville, Tennessee, saying there were 1,000 people when there were reportedly between 5,000-8,000 people there. In July 2018, the Times was caught after repeating a reportedly false claim from 1987 that Israel’s founding prime minister, David Ben Gurion, wanted Israel to give up land it had conquered in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Most recently, last week the Times published a piece that elicited outrage against U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley titled “Nikki Haley‚Äôs View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701.” As The Daily Wire reported:
But, as Haley’s office told the Times in its deceptively titled article, there’s just one big problem: She had nothing to do with those pricey curtains. They were ordered back in 2016, approved by Obama’s State Department. Here’s the line buried in the sixth paragraph of the article on “Ms. Haley’s curtains”: ‚ÄúA spokesman for Ms. Haley said plans to buy the curtains were made in 2016, during the Obama administration. Ms. Haley had no say in the purchase, he said.‚ÄĚ Despite this admission, the Times repeatedly portrays the curtains and the residence as “Ms. Haley’s” and puts the onus on the Trump State Department instead of Obama’s, which approved, ordered and allocated funds for the curtains.