At least eight New York Times authors shared a deceptively edited quote Monday from President Trump’s phone call with state governors, creating the misleading impression that POTUS is denying federal support for ventilators that are needed in hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients.
In his message, President Trump urged states to procure respirators and ventilators directly themselves because it would be faster – but reassured them that the federal government “will be backing you.”
The sly Times journalists decided to omit the bulk of President Trump’s statement as they shared the story on social media.
Breitbart.com reports: The misleading, partial quote was also boosted by a CNN correspondent and became the lead headline at the left-wing Huffington Post.
Despite growing online backlash to this misinformation, the journalists have yet to delete or retract their comments.
The eight journalists tweeted a link to a Times article published Monday that contains President Trump’s full statement to state governors in which the president recommended that they shouldn’t wait for the federal government to fill the growing demand for respirators needed to treat people with coronavirus.
“Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,” President Trump told the governors during the Monday conference call. “We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”
But in the body of their posts, the Times journalists left out most of what the president said.
Times national correspondent Julie Bosman tweeted only the first third of the president’s statement, leaving out the part where he said the federal government will back the states.
Bosman, reacting to intense backlash, defended herself by inaccurately claiming that “the second part of the quote repeats the first part, twice.” In fact, the second part of the president’s statement says that the federal government “will be backing you [the states].”
Mara Gay, a member of the Times editorial board, also left out most of what the president said. She also falsely accused the president of telling governors that “they are on their own.” In actuality, the president said in his full quote that the federal government “will be backing you.”
Just ten days ago, Gay was involved in another embarrassing episode for corporate media, where she and MSNBC anchor Brian Williams horribly botched basic math to claim that billionaire Michael Bloomberg could have “given every American a million dollars.” In reality, the amount he spent amounts to less than $2 per person.
Other Times journalists who tweeted out only the first part of the president’s quote include chief White House correspondent Peter Baker, Northwest reporter Mike Baker, arts reporter Michael Cooper, investigative reporter Sharon LaFraniere, editor Clifford Levy, and contributor Aaron E. Carroll.
The official Times twitter account also omitted the majority of the president’s quote when it pushed out the article on Monday.
CNN’s Oliver Darcy also shared the incomplete quote and has not addressed the dozens of fact checks in response.
All of the posts were still up at the time of this writing, despite mounting criticism about their accuracy.
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