Wrongheaded NYT Commentary on Trump
by Stephen Lendman
Instead of criticizing him for the right reasons, The Times invents things, failing to do its job, gratuitous bashing its specialty against America’s enemies and Trump.
It maintains the myth of US democracy, a June 6 commentary ludicrously saying “Democrats and Republicans have generally accepted the rule of law.”
All US post-WW II conflicts were lawless wars of aggression – nations threatening no one preemptively attacked.
Trump’s most defining difference from previous US presidents is his lack of political or military experience. That aside, he represents continuity like his predecessors.
The Times claiming he “decide(s) which laws to follow” is no different how other US presidents operated – the Clintons, Bush/Cheney and Obama worst of all, Trump matching them in some respects, exceeding them in others, serving monied interests, ignoring the general welfare – things The Times never explains.
Instead it absurdly claims “Trump’s view of the law…violates American traditions.” America is a notoriously international, constitutional and US statute law breaker, operating by its own rules, making up what’s needed to justify its agenda.
The Times: Trump “politicized” law enforcement…He pressured Comey to drop the investigation of (his) campaign and fired (him) when he refused” – implying he obstructed justice.
Until Comey testifies on Thursday, it’s unclear what Trump did or didn’t do. Perhaps he urged Comey to stop investigating nonexistent improper or illegal Trump team ties to Russia.
No evidence so far suggests it. It’s very unlikely Trump obstructed justice. He’s got capable lawyers advising on what he can and can’t do.
If he crossed the line illegally, Comey would have said something by now. Holding back on something this sensitive would make him complicit. His Thursday congressional testimony is unlikely to reveal anything damning.
The Times: “Trump has tried to delegitimize almost any judge who disagrees with him,” his June 3 tweet, saying “(w)e need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety” cited as an example.
Disagreeing with his comment is one thing. Claiming it’s an example of how he undermines the courts is way over-the-top.
The First Amendment guarantees free expression. Trump has the right to say what he pleases. Others have the right to agree or disagree. Everyone has the right to say whatever they wish no matter now offensive to others.
The Times cited ethics advisors to Bush/Cheney and Obama, saying his administration flagrantly violates ethics laws. So did all other recent administrations, notably since the neoliberal 90s.
The Times: “Trump and his circle treat themselves as having a privileged status under the law.”
The same goes for previous administrations, most Republican and Democrat congressional members, along with Supreme Court justices and other federal judges.
The Times: “Trump has signaled that he accepts democracy only when it suits him.”
He can’t accept or reject what doesn’t exist.
The Times: “He tells elaborate lies about voter fraud by those who oppose him…”
Electoral rigging is longstanding US tradition. GW Bush lost to Gore and Kerry, yet served two terms as president – not a whimper about voter fraud from The Times.
The Times: “The Trump administration…undermines…facts.”
On issues mattering most, especially geopolitical ones, The Times substitutes disinformation, Big Lies and fake news for truth-telling.
The Times: “Trump attacks the media almost daily…”
So should everyone wanting real news, information and analysis. Media scoundrels like The Times suppress it – substituting rubbish not fit to print or read.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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