And now, The New York Times scandal

It is a new chapter in the open conflict between US President Donald Trump and the leftist American media, but this time the chapter, or rather the book, that came out in the public eye, is from a leading journalist from one of the liberal American media’s castles: The New York Times.

Jill Abramson, the former New York Times executive editor, intends to release her book with the intriguing title ‘Merchants of Truth’, which has produced exciting paragraphs published by media outlets like Fox News.

In her book, Abramson says: “Though Baquet (the current executive editor of the newspaper) said publicly he didn’t want The Times to be the opposition party, his news pages were unmistakably anti-Trump.”

“Some headlines contained raw opinion, as did some of the stories that were labeled as news analysis,” she wrote.

This is, of course, a violation of a professional, ethical rule of journalism, which is the existence of a deep ‘isthmus’ between opinion and news.

The scandals come one after the next, and there is a great grinding in political conflict between Trump and the leftist base, and Qatar and Saudi Arabia, as well as Qatar’s biggest ally Turkey. And in the bowels of these grinding mills, grains of morals and values are crushed

Mashari Althaydi

President Trump did not pass up this opportunity, and commended the former executive editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson, saying: “Former @NYTimes editor Jill Abramson rips paper’s “unmistakably anti-Trump” bias.”

“Ms. Abramson is 100% correct. Horrible and totally dishonest reporting on almost everything they write,” Trump continued. “Hence the term Fake News, Enemy of the People, and Opposition Party!”

Professional standards fall

The former New York Times pioneer responded to Trump on her Twitter account saying that she had always praised the newspaper, and that she was upset for journalistic professionalism, not for Trump and his policies, and that she praises the paper’s tough coverage of Trump but not through personal wars or ‘trading’… this is in short.

This comes after the second media scandal in the US newspaper market, The Washington Post. A summary of it is that the articles of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, may he rest in peace, against Saudi Arabia were aided and directed by an American woman who heads a Qatari foundation in the US.

ALSO READ: Jamal Khashoggi and The Washington Post’s op-eds

This also comes after the suspense-filled search for a new US law, cooked in Congress, to hold Qatari media in the US accountable on charges of promoting and covering terrorism!

The scandals come one after the next, and there is a great grinding in political conflict between Trump and the leftist base, and Qatar and Saudi Arabia, as well as Qatar’s biggest ally Turkey. And in the bowels of these grinding mills, grains of morals and values are crushed, and professional standards fall.

The real picture is that world-class platforms with a long history like The New York Times and The Washington Post have been stripped of their professional cover, and appear bare in front of political quarrels.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

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