And they say they’re not Fake News…
President Trump took to Twitter to slam the “failing and desperate” New York Times over a report that one of its journalists “was feeding false stories” about Trump to the FBI.
“Just revealed that the Failing and Desperate New York Times was feeding false stories about me, & those associated with me, to the FBI,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “This shows the kind of unprecedented hatred I have been putting up with for years with this Crooked newspaper. Is what they have done legal?”
He then provided a quote from Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends”: “This Russia Collusion Hoax was perpetrated in part by people inside the government, and in part by a compliant (Fake News) media,” he wrote, citing The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway. “The facts are starting to pour out. Stay tuned!” he added.
….”This Russia Collusion Hoax was perpetrated in part by people inside the government, and in part by a compliant (Fake News) media.” Mollie Hemingway. @TuckerCarlson @foxandfriends The facts are starting to pour out. Stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019
The New York Times has since pushed back on the report and Trump’s claim in a tweet stating that they don’t “feed stories to the government or anyone else” and that what the email shows is just a journalist doing what he’s supposed to do: attempt to “ensure fairness and accuracy.”
We don’t feed stories to the government or anyone else. We routinely reach out to those who figure prominently in our coverage for comment to ensure fairness and accuracy.
— NYTimes Communications (@NYTimesPR) June 21, 2019