On Tuesday's episode of "The Ben Shapiro Show," Ben Shapiro discusses The New York Times' decision to dilute the truth in the face of opposition. Video and partial transcript below:
Joe Scarborough made the connection complete yesterday, when he suggested on his show that anybody who supports President Trump is by necessity supporting white supremacist terror attacks.
Scarborough: For those of you who are funding Donald Trump's re-election campaign, you may want to take note that because you keep writing checks to this president, it's on you. It really is, it's all on you because you are funding this white supremacist campaign, CEOs, you really are. Business people, millionaires, and billionaires, it is your money that is funding this white supremacy. Because you won't tell him to stop.
Who's not telling him to stop when he said all the bad stuff that he said in the past?
I’m pretty sure a lot of people were telling him to stop. And by the way, if you support Trump in his re-election bid because you don't trust Kamala Harris, or Elizabeth Warren, or Joe Biden, to run the country, this does not make you a white supremacist. The attempt to tie politics to this event is a deliberate attempt to elect a Democrat to the White House. That's what this is about and here's how you can tell.
So, today the media actually started to cover this thing the way they should cover it. So, The New York Times yesterday ran a ridiculous and bizarre headline. Their ridiculous and bizarre headline, which I pointed out yesterday, was something to the effect of, Donald Trump condemns racism, but says nothing about guns. Here's the exact headline; it was, "Trump Condemns White Supremacy, but Doesn't Propose Gun Laws After Shooting." And as I pointed out, that's not journalism. That is The New York Times saying what they wish he had said, not what he said. What he actually said was that white supremacy is evil. Wouldn't that be the headline? "Trump: White Supremacy Is Evil." A very easy headline to write. Trump condemns white supremacy; that's where the headline ends.
Okay. So, I pointed that out yesterday. Well, apparently the editors at The New York Times actually got the message. And so their headline on the front page of The New York Times today was "Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism." Trump urges unity versus racism; that is a factually true headline. Now, you may think that it's disingenuous. You may think that as Don Lemon does, that it rings hollow. But the actual headline, if you are a news person, is that Trump urges unity versus racism, and it's not a biased headline. That is a very straightforward headline.
The entire Left went insane. Beto O'Rourke came out and said it was disgusting that The New York Times had run that headline. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, as is her wont, accused The New York Times of white supremacism. So, I guess it was Nancy Pelosi three weeks ago, and now it's The New York Times pushing white supremacism, apparently. Nate Silver, who is at FiveThirtyEight — obviously is of the political Left — said, "Not sure Trump urges unity versus racism is how I would have framed the story." Then AOC says, "Let this front page serve as a reminder of how white supremacy is aided by — and often relies upon — the cowardice of mainstream institutions."
Weird. I remember that time that Trump called the New York Times fake news, and everybody was like, "Oh, my God, that right there is an attack on the First Amendment. It's an attack on the press." When AOC says that The New York Times is forwarding white supremacy, I guess that's not an attack on the press because it's AOC, and we all love AOC, right? I mean she is the wisest, most benevolent, most beautiful among us, the most brilliant, thus, when she rips into The New York Times as an institution of white supremacy filled with cowardice, not a problem at all.
So, what did The New York Times do? The New York Times switched its front page, not kidding, because of the blowback from the Left, because many on the Left were suggesting they were gonna cancel their subscriptions over the headline, the factually accurate headline. The New York Times reversed itself and pulled down that headline and put up a new headline. The headline was "Assailing Hate, but Not Guns." Now, that is not actually a factual headline. The president actually called for certain gun regulations, including red-flag regulations.
That is editorializing. "But not blank," is not a factual reportage decision; that is an editorializing decision. That's the kind of headline that I could write after every Barack Obama speech. "Barack Obama endorses X but not Y," Y being a thing I wanted him to endorse — that's editorializing.
So, The New York Times a paper that used to be vaunted — it used to be their slogan — their slogan used to be, "Without fear or favor." It was a statement made by the founder of The New York Times 100 years ago: "Without fear or favor."
Well, forget that. Now it's "Fear of the Left means that we will favor the Left." So they're going to switch the headline. Why? Because it would undercut the narrative that the Left is attempting to drive if Trump actually did urge unity versus racism.