Newsletter Watch: The Most Biased And Inane Items Of The Week

Will Ricciardella | Social Media Strategist and Politics Writer

Every morning, prominent news outlets like Axios, Politico, The Washington Post, and The New York Times email their newsletters to thousands of people across D.C. and beyond. And every weekend, The Daily Caller News Foundation searches for the most outrageous examples of bias in each one.

From lamenting that Western companies feed people in developing nations too much to alleging that money the government receives is theirs to begin with, the establishment media makes my job easier.

Below is a list of the most egregious examples from the past week:

The New York Times:

1. “Now, like all of you, my responsibility is to act in the interest of my nation and my people, and I will never apologize for defending those interests” – Barack Obama in first address to the U.N. in 2009. Now, Since it’s Trump, he has to explain what every other president didn’t have to.  

World leaders gather in New York this week for the U.N. General Assembly, and one of President Trump’s main tasks will be to define how his America First approach can coexist with the world-first mission of the organization.

2. Think about this for a second: because of capitalist, profit-seeking western food companies, people in “developing nations” are no longer starving. Obesity is now a problem. You’re welcome developing nations. 

Western food companies, seeing slower growth, are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and other health problems.

3. Myth: Trump threatened North Korea. Reality: Trump, responding to threats from North Korea, responded by saying if forced to defend ourselves we would “totally destroy North Korea.”

It was President Trump’s first address to the General Assembly. He used the world’s most prominent stage on Tuesday to threaten to “totally destroy North Korea” and to denounce Iran as a “rogue state.”

The Washington Post:

1. No mention that Donald Trump said he was being surveilled, and media elites mocked him and others? No surprise there. 

“A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014,” per Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Pamela Brown. “It centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine’s former ruling party … The surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence … The FBI then restarted the surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended at least into early this year. … Sources say the second warrant was part of the FBI’s efforts to investigate ties between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives. Such warrants require the approval of top Justice Department and FBI officials, and the FBI must provide the court with information showing suspicion that the subject of the warrant may be acting as an agent of a foreign power.”

2. WaPo: Please take us seriously. Puts this in newsletter:

— Slate: “Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: Paul Manafort Appears to Be in Some Pretty Hot Water.”

3. Well, um, the people that would lose health insurance would do so because they’re not forced to buy it anymore. Also, how do you know it will go up?  I think you meant to say “what affect it will have on prices, if any.” There, I fixed it. 

— Another complication: the Congressional Budget Office won’t be able to issue a full report by the end of the month, which means lawmakers may vote on the measure without knowing how many people would lose coverage and how much insurance premiums would go up. Those estimates won’t be available “for at least several weeks,” the nonpartisan scoring agency said yesterday. (Elise Viebeck)

Politico:

1. That’s great and all, but how does that help the country? Moreover, maybe letting people keep more of their money, particularly businesses, might lead to more investment and government revenue, like it has done in the past. Many times

“Removing some benefits for the rich and backing off a proposed 15 percent corporate tax rate would help Republicans in two ways: by broadening the political appeal of tax reform and reducing its cost.” http://politi.co/2hhlDuh

2. “Those” clearly refers to Democrats that want Trump to sound more like a Democrat. Let’s be honest. It’s not her job to “moderate” the President. 

“When pushed to respond to those who call for Ivanka to be a ‘voice of moderation’ for Mr. Trump during his most outspoken moments as president, Trump said ‘I think my role — and anyone who works for the president of the United States — their role is continue to inform, advise, and then ultimately execute. … I don’t view it as my obligation to moderate and I don’t think anyone working for a sitting president should see themselves in that capacity.’” http://cbsn.ws/2fk6tr9

Axios:

1. What to call political decisions you don’t agree with and disguise as journalism: “impulsive” and and “snap.”

The Kelly Effect ..Who is around President Trump matters much more than with most presidents, because of his impulsiveness, lack of ideology and willingness to make snap decisions.

2. Axios, you just said he lacks ideology, now you’re surprised he’s not ideologically beholden to a wall or immigration restrictions? Pro tip: read your own newsletter for rebuttals of your newsletter. 

Trump’s willingness to publicly entertain an immigration deal that doesn’t include funding for the wall would have been unimaginable to Campaign Trump or Travel Ban Trump.

3. Hey guys, Donald Trump is also a puppet. Please, I beg you Axios … Make up your mind. It really sounds like you’re impulsively making a lot of snap judgements on editorial decisions. 

Be smart: Now that Steve Bannon and other circumventers are gone or marginalized, it’s easier for the team to shape Trump’s perceptions on certain issues. Some Trump decisions — that would have been surprising in the past — are the natural result of the highly controlled information he sees and voices he hears.

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