The liberal nonprofit Media Matters for America sharply denounced the New York Times, claiming its “election coverage in 2018 and 2020 will be as bad as it was in 2016”.
Senior Media Matters fellow Matt Gertz writes that the Times‘ “new politics editor Patrick Healy epitomizes the worst of the paper’s presidential campaign reporting,” calling his reporting “inaccurate, sexist, and gossipy”.
On Monday, the Times named Patrick Healy as its politics editor, leading the paper’s coverage of the 2018 midterm elections and the coming 2020 presidential election.
So why the beef? Media Matters is still crying foul over the Times’ coverage of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. Gertz expressed frustration over what he considers the Times‘ “obsessive” coverage of Clinton’s illegal email server:
We extensively chronicled the inaccurate, sexist, gossipy, and disproportionate criticism that journalists at major news outlets, particularly at the Times, provided Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. At times, that work drew groans and sneers from those who viewed us as Clinton shills.
In a head-scratching move, Gertz accuses Herley of writing too “favorably” about Trump for his coverage of the President’s speech in Mexico on immigration.
Gertz also blames Healy for his “casual sexism” for coining the term “the Clinton Cackle”, referring to the Times journalist’s description of Hillary Clinton’s particular manner of laughing.
But Gertz then tries to make the broader claim that the Times has evolved into a right wing platform, saying the “Times moves since the election indicate that the paper’s leaders are concerned only with criticism from conservatives.”
That is an interesting argument to make given the Times’ near incessant reporting on conspiracy theories around allegations Trump and his presidential campaign colluded with Russia.