Former 'New York Times' executive editor Jill Abramson rips her former publication, slams the media as "anti-Trump," and complains that younger employees throw out standards in her new book, 'Merchants of Truth.'
"The more anti-Trump the Times was perceived to be, the more it was mistrusted for being biased," Abramson writes.
FOX News' Howard Kurtz reports:
A former executive editor of the New York Times says the paperâ€™s news pages, the home of its straight-news coverage, have become â€śunmistakably anti-Trump.â€ť
Jill Abramson, the veteran journalist who led the newspaper from 2011 to 2014, says the Times has a financial incentive to bash the president and that the imbalance is helping to erode its credibility.
In a soon-to-be published book, â€śMerchants of Truth,â€ť that casts a skeptical eye on the news business, Abramson defends the Times in some ways but offers some harsh words for her successor, Dean Baquet. And Abramson, who was the paperâ€™s only female executive editor until her firing, invoked Steve Bannonâ€™s slam that in the Trump era the mainstream media have become the â€śopposition party.â€ť
â€śThough Baquet said publicly he didnâ€™t want the Times to be the opposition party, his news pages were unmistakably anti-Trump,â€ť Abramson writes, adding that she believes the same is true of the Washington Post. â€śSome headlines contained raw opinion, as did some of the stories that were labeled as news analysis.â€ť
Whatâ€™s more, she says, citing legendary 20th century publisher Adolph Ochs, â€śthe more anti-Trump the Times was perceived to be, the more it was mistrusted for being biased. Ochsâ€™s vow to cover the news without fear or favor sounded like an impossible promise in such a polarized environment.â€ť