Mollie Hemingway is Right and the New York Times is Wrong

The President was more right than wrong in his tweet and the New York Times really blew it in defense.

The New York Times claims a Trump Administration official said it would be "impossible" to still hold a summit with North Korea on June 12. President Trump took to Twitter to blast the New York Times. In turn, the New York Times' reporters raced to Twitter to defend their reporting and criticize the President.

One reporter went so far as to out the background source by producing the audio of the background briefing. Needless to say that is something the New York Times would have never done against the Obama Administration.

At the Federalist, Mollie Hemingway took the time to listen to the recording that the New York Times claims proves its report of "impossible." Turns out, it doesn't. As Mollie notes, the White House staffer makes it clear that it would be very difficult to conduct the summit on June 12, but never rules it out or says it would be impossible.

This is a case of reporters hearing what they think to be true when it is not what is said. Mollie Hemingway has it exactly right.

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mlindroos
mlindroos

Here is what the NY Times wrote:

"On Thursday, for example, a senior White House official [Matthew Pottinger] told reporters that even if the meeting were reinstated, holding it on June 12 would be IMPOSSIBLE (emphasis added by me), given the lack of time and the amount of planning needed."

Trump's response: 'The Failing @nytimes quotes "a senior White House official", who DOES NOT EXIST, as saying "Even if the meeting were reinstated, holding it on June 12 would be impossible given the lack of time and amount of planning required." WRONG AGAIN! Use real people, not phony sources.'

So now we are bickering about two things --

Trump made one simple binary true/false factual statement which can be easily shown to be false, since Pottinger DOES exist.

The second part is true semantics and opinion. Hemingway opines: 'I imagine the background briefer probably feels a lot of anger at The New York Times for being utterly incompetent at its job'. It is pure speculation what Pottinger himself thinks, though .... certainly I would NOT expect him to honestly say what he thinks regarding the feasibility of useful negotiations by June 12 given the way Trump treats employees perceived to be "disloyal".

Is it "possible" that Trump might hold SOME sort of Mickey Mouse meeting with North Korea in the proverbial Potemkin village on June 12 if he invites e.g Dennis Rodman to discuss basketball with Kim Jong Un while decrying the awful state of the Fake News media? Yes. But serious officials surely believe that there is not enough time to prepare for serious, substantive talks with North Korea on how to resolve the situation with the nuclear weapons. LEAST OF ALL if the chief negotiator is supposed to be Donald J. Trump, who knows jack sh*t about the salient issues!

Let's be honest, conservatives. If your "defense" of president Trump's North Korea foreign policy gets reduced to absurd semantic discussions like Hemingway's above, maybe you should reconsider building your house on a shaky platform that includes Trump as a key part of the foundation? For this won't end well for you in the long run.

JaneKMiller
JaneKMiller

It was stupid of the Times to imagine that anything would be "impossible" for Trump. Presumably they meant, "it would be catastrophically reckless if Trump had the summit so therefore they can't do it".

Sorta like saying, "you cross onto the train tracks when a train is already going by". Sure you can. Just release the brake and hit the accelerator. Done.

Like so many before them, the Times just doesn't get Trump...

BiggDoggie
BiggDoggie

Erick BACKING something (almost) out of this White House?!? think that's maybe 2-3 x in the last month? Dana had all this on her show today - no one on recording or on transcripts said anything like what Times wanted it to say... PROUD of ya, Erick!