‘The New York Times’: ‘A good, solid, honest newspaper’
The New York, New York-based New York Tribune has become the latest news publication to pull its coverage of Donald Trump, who has been engulfed in an explosive series of controversies that has led to a resignation from the presidency and his removal from office.
The newspaper’s editorial board voted Wednesday to suspend its coverage.
The decision was made by the editorial board, which includes longtime Trump adviser and former House speaker Newt Gingrich, after Trump’s “locker room” comments.
The Times says it will not run articles or excerpts that it feels could harm the country.
It also says it won’t run Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again,” because the slogan was used by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.
It says it also won’t write about Trump’s relationship with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
It will not publish stories about his business dealings or his finances.
The paper has been the most prominent outlet to criticize Trump, a reality TV star, for months.
But its decision to suspend coverage is likely to anger Trump supporters and the media at large, who say the newspaper is censoring Trump.
“I think it’s a terrible idea to continue to publish an organization that’s in the middle of a crisis that is creating an incredible distraction for the press and for the American people,” said Richard Painter, who was chief White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush and is now the ethics adviser to Trump.
Painter said Trump should have to quit.
The Trump administration has accused the newspaper of “deceptive and misleading” coverage.
“The Times has repeatedly misled the American public on key issues, such as the legitimacy of Mr. Trump’s presidency, his finances, his dealings with foreign governments, his treatment of women, his history of sexually harassing women, and his treatment by the media,” a statement from the White House said.
The White House added that the Times is “an unwarranted, irresponsible publication that has demonstrated itself to be a partisan, partisan, biased newspaper that has been in the dark about Mr. [Trump] for months.”
The newspaper says it “has not done anything illegal or unethical,” according to a statement released by its publisher, The New Yorker, which says it plans to take legal action.
“This decision is about protecting the reputation of the paper and our readers,” the statement says.
Trump has been dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct since the women first came forward.
Trump and his supporters have claimed the accusations are a politically motivated smear campaign by the press, and the paper has defended the president by suggesting the accusations were fabricated.
The New Yorkers decision to pull coverage of Trump comes after the Times’ chief legal editor, Margaret Sullivan, resigned on Wednesday over Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey.
Trump fired Comey in February, citing an investigation into ties between his campaign and Russia, a charge the president denies.
“We are disappointed that the New York Press Club has decided to suspend our coverage of the President,” said editor-in-chief Dean Baquet in a statement Wednesday.
“That decision does not change the essential, nonpartisan role of the New Yorker in informing the public about what the news media should cover and the important work we do as a public service.”
Trump has defended his firing of Comey, which many in the press say damaged his ability to govern.
“He was fired by the FBI for being very independent,” Trump told reporters at a press conference Tuesday, adding, “I fired him because I like to fire people.”
Trump’s response came days after the New Yorkers editorial board said in a separate statement that it had not decided to drop coverage of Scaramutucci.
“At this point, we cannot comment further on the specifics of the decision, but will be making further comment once we are satisfied with our decision,” the board said.
Sullivan had been the newspaper’s chief legal officer since March.
The board also said it had asked for additional information about the Times and Scaramuzucci, who resigned Tuesday after he was fired from the communications office.
Scaramuucci resigned Wednesday, saying he was not fired because of the allegations.
“There are many things that have been reported about me, but I am not a subject of those reports and I have nothing to do with them,” he said.
Scarumucci is a former TV personality, Trump adviser, and Trump’s finance chair, who joined the administration as chief White of the Treasury and White House budget director in January.
He is now an associate at the law firm Morgan Lewis.
In May, Trump accused the New Republic of being a “liberal paper.”
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Trump said, “The New Republic has become a very bad paper, and they should be ashamed of themselves.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.