NYT Hits Back At Trump’s Tweet About Their ‘Fake News’ Meeting
POLITICS 07/29/2018 11:38 am ET Updated 1 day ago NYT Responds To Trump Tweet About ‘Fake News’ Meeting With Publisher A.G. Sulzberger “I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” the Times’ publisher said in a statement Sunday. By Hayley Miller 2.2k 970 The New York Times hit back at President Donald Trump ’s tweet Sunday that described his recent meeting with the newspaper’s publisher, A.G. Sulzberger.
Trump had tweeted that he had “a very good and interesting” meeting with Sulzberger, the sixth member of his family to serve as publisher since it purchased the Times in 1896.
“Spent much time talking about the vast amount of Fake News being put out by the media,” tweeted Trump, who has frequently ― and falsely ― accused the legacy paper of publishing what he calls “fake news.”
Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018 Soon after, the Times weighed in with additional context about the exchange.
The White House asked Sulzberger to meet with Trump earlier this month, Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the Times, told HuffPost in an email Sunday.
“This was not unusual; there has been a long tradition of New York Times publishers holding such meetings with presidents and other public figures who have concerns about coverage,” Murphy wrote.
On July 20, Sulzberger and James Bennet, the editor of the Times’ editorial page, met with Trump at the White House, according to Murphy. Though Trump’s aides requested the meeting be off the record, Trump’s tweet Sunday put the meeting “on the record,” allowing for Sulzberger to respond, she said.
“My main purpose for accepting the meeting was to raise concerns about the president’s deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric,” Sulzberger said in a statement to HuffPost. “I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous.”
“I made clear repeatedly that I was not asking for him to soften his attacks on The Times if he he felt our coverage was unfair,” he added. “Instead, I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country.”
Read the full statement below:
My main purpose for accepting the meeting was to raise concerns about the president’s deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric.
I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous.
I told him that although the phrase “fake news” is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists “the enemy of the people.” I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.
I repeatedly stressed that this is particularly true abroad, where the president’s rhetoric is being used by some regimes to justify sweeping crackdowns on journalists. I warned that it was putting lives at risk, that it was undermining the democratic ideals of our nation, and that it was eroding one of our country’s greatest exports: a commitment to free speech and a free press.
Throughout the conversation I emphasized that if President Trump, like previous presidents, was upset with coverage of his administration he was of course free to tell the world. I made clear repeatedly that I was not asking for him to soften his attacks on The Times if he felt our coverage was unfair. Instead, I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country.
Trump often accuses the Times and other media outlets, including The Washington Post, CNN and NBC, of publishing false stories in response to articles that portray him in an unflattering manner.
So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC? What about the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost ? They are all Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2017 Trump has frequently gone after stories that use anonymous sources to report on his White House. In March, for example, he tweeted that the Times “purposely wrote a false story” suggesting he was “unhappy” with his legal team and that he planned to hire another lawyer.
But in May, Trump did just that when he replaced attorney Ty Cobb with Emmet T. Flood, a lawyer who represented former President Bill Clinton during his late-1990s impeachment.
Trump has repeatedly referred to the press as “the enemy of the people,” despite his Sunday tweet’s false suggestion that the phrase entered the zeitgeist on its own.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Times’ statement.
Hours later, Trump slammed the press again in a series of tweets, in which he claimed the media is driven by “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” a right-wing phrase meant to suggest liberals will irrationally dislike the president’s actions no matter what he does.
When the media – driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome – reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk! Very unpatriotic! Freedom of the press also comes with a responsibility to report the news…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018 …accurately. 90% of media coverage of my Administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving, it’s no surprise that confidence in the media is at an all time low! I will not allow our great country to be sold out by anti-Trump haters in the…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018 …dying newspaper industry. No matter how much they try to distract and cover it up, our country is making great progress under my leadership and I will never stop fighting for the American people! As an example, the failing New York Times…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018 …and the Amazon Washington Post do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements – and they will never change!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018 CORRECTION : A photo of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., the Times’ previous publisher and the father of A.G. Sulzberger, previously accompanied this story. It has been replaced with a photo of A.G. Sulzberger.
This story has been updated with Trump’s Sunday afternoon tweets.
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Thomas Cook axes trips to SeaWorld and Loro Parque over customers’ orca concerns – BBC News
Thomas Cook axes trips to SeaWorld over animal welfare concerns 29 July 2018 Share this with Whatsapp Image copyright SeaWorld Holiday giant Thomas Cook has announced it will stop selling trips to animal parks that keep killer whales. The firm said more than 90% of its customers were concerned about animal welfare. The two parks it will stop selling tickets to as a result are SeaWorld, in Florida, and Loro Parque in Tenerife. “This was not a decision we took lightly,” chief executive Peter Fankhauser said as he announced the new policy. In a blog post, he acknowledged that both parks had met standards and had made improvements to how animals were kept. But, he said: “From next summer, we will no longer sell any animal attractions that keep orcas in captivity. “We have actively engaged with a range of animal welfare specialists in the last 18 months, and taken account of the scientific evidence they have provided. Orca spotted pushing dead calf for two days “We have also taken feedback from our customers, more than 90% of whom told us that it was important that their holiday company takes animal welfare seriously. “And when so many of our customers are so clear in their view, I could not allow our business to ignore them,” Mr Fankhauser said. “I am clear about the kind of business that we want to be. That’s why we introduced our animal welfare policy 18 months ago, and that’s why we’ve taken this decision today.” ‘Incredible care’ SeaWorld said it no longer bred killer whales, but the ones it already had “will be with us and our visitors for many years”. It said “millions of UK guests” had visited its parks and that it would continue to “welcome the public” to them. “They have seen first-hand the incredible care we provide all of our animals and learned about how we are protecting and saving species in the wild,” it said in a statement. Criticism of keeping orcas in captivity has intensified since a 2013 Netflix documentary Blackfish about a performing killer whale called Tilikum. SeaWorld’s visitor numbers fell, although the theme park described Blackfish as “manipulative”. Last year, Thomas Cook began an audit of 49 animal parks to see if they met its policy on animal welfare, based on standards set by ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents). Some 29 failed, and the travel firm stopped selling tickets. The latest ban was announced on Sunday. Mr Fankhauser said: “We will work with both [theme parks] over the next 12 months to prepare for our exit…. We will also continue to work ourselves to identify more sustainable alternatives.” More on this story
#FreeTommy – the making of a far-right English ‘martyr’ | UK news
A s the rain fell on 6 February 2016, Tommy Robinson led a small crowd through an industrial estate on the edge of Birmingham. It was the launch event of Pegida UK, the anti-Islam outfit founded by Robinson. Fewer than 200 supporters turned up. Undeterred, he outlined the group’s pan-European ambitions. No other marches would follow.
Robinson had hit rock bottom. His other venture, the virulently Islamophobic English Defence League, had fractured and declined two years earlier. So low was his stock that anti-fascist organisations had stopped taking him seriously.
Fast forward 30 months and that stock has seen an extraordinary, and unsettling, rise. Robinson – real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – is now positioned as a superstar of the international radical right, a global “martyr” for free speech and a lightning rod through which the far right intends to wage its struggle to protect “traditional” western freedoms from the perceived foes of Islam and liberal democracy.
It was his 13-month prison sentence for contempt of court in May that, according to Rob Ford, professor of politics at the University of Manchester, cemented Robinson’s journey from fringe player to occupying “a valuable niche in the radical-right ecosystem”.
This week the court of appeal will deliver its judgment on whether Robinson should be released from prison immediately. If it rules in his favour, the Observer has been told, his newfound liberty may well be celebrated with a key position within the new rightwing European populist foundation , called The Movement, being planned by Steve Bannon.
Donald Trump’s former White House adviser wants The Movement to focus its efforts on the European parliament elections next spring, as well as the post-Brexit landscape in the UK, where he anticipates being able to exploit the disaffection of millions of Leave voters in the event of a deal they feel is not what they voted for. A high-profile figure with a sizeable rightwing fanbase will be required to lead the fight. That figure, some say, will be Robinson.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Steve Bannon on Good Morning Britain earlier this month. Photograph: Rex
“It’s his if he wants it. He’s the key figure, the most charismatic. He’ll come out of prison as a superstar, especially in North America. He’ll be on Fox News, everywhere. It’ll be a massive few weeks for him,” said Joe Mulhall of Hope not Hate , which has monitored Robinson since he founded the EDL in 2009.
“We have to see Tommy within this Bannon foundation. Bannon has been very supportive of him. You cannot really detach Tommy from this wider project,” added Mulhall.
Bannon’s support for the convicted fraudster appears unswerving. After an interview on Nigel Farage’s show on LBC radio – timed to coincide with Trump’s visit to London – Bannon delivered an off-air eulogy to Robinson that described the former UK Pegida leader as “the fucking backbone of this country”.
That such a prominent figure from the US alt-right might so enthusiastically embrace the 35-year-old from Luton is no surprise. An intricate constellation of alt-right and far-right groups, including America’s largest anti-Muslim organisation and even one of Trump’s senior diplomats , has offered Robinson staunch backing in recent weeks.
Gregg Roman, director of rightwing Philadelphia-based thinktank Middle East Forum (MEF), said Robinson should be lauded for speaking up on sensitive issues linked to the Muslim community. “There is a growing movement to silence anything that people disagree with,” he said. “Our prerogative as an organisation is to protect that discussion, the right to say it.
“His predicament is emblematic of the difference between the American protection of free speech and freedom of the press versus the rather draconian system that’s been implemented in the UK.”
Roman, whose group has paid Robinson’s court defence fees, revealed it had also paid Republican congressman Paul Gosar’s travel costs to the UK on 14 July so he could address a London protest in support of Robinson. Gosar, who did not want to be interviewed for this article, is considered an influential conduit between Bannon’s future operations in London and the Freedom Caucus , the group of pro-Trump, ultra-rightwing Republicans in the US House of Representatives.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Republican congressman Paul Gosar flew to London to support Robinson at a rally. Photograph: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call
Gosar told the London crowd – 25 times the size of the Birmingham Pegida march – that he could no longer “stay silent” on the jailing of Robinson.
Many feel similarly energised. More than 630,000 have signed an online petition for Robinson to be freed, its international reach articulated by its translation into French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Czech and Russian. Analysis of signatories by Hope not Hate found only 68% came from the UK, while 35% of Twitter posts using a “Free Tommy” hashtag analysed by the group came from the United States.
Robinson’s resurgence, says Mulhall, can be neatly traced to the chaotic aftermath of the March 2017 Westminster terror attack . Accompanied by a film crew from Canadian far-right platform The Rebel Media, Robinson rushed to the scene and began to fulminate into the camera that Britain was “at war” with Islamic fundamentalists.
Although accused of exploiting the tragedy, his sentiments struck a chord with a sizeable minority. The footage has been watched more than 1.7m times on YouTube. The Rebel Media offered him a position, boosting his North American profile. But Robinson’s true ingenuity, according to Ford, was mixing his rough diamond personality with the mantra that the UK establishment was out to censor him because he dared to speak the truth.
“This is exactly the argument they like,” said Ford, “because it means they can say, ‘we’re the truly brave liberals’. The degree to which it has gone viral as an argument shows this is a winner for the radical right. It strongly motivates their core electorate.” Robinson’s imprisonment buttressed the message, allowing him to present himself as a “martyr for truth”.
“If he sticks to that line I can imagine a lot of far-right outfits wanting to make use of that. He could find himself perpetually on tour to whichever country has an election,” added Ford.
Roman, whose colleague Daniel Pipes at the MEF floated the unfounded claim that there were “no-go” zones in largely Muslim areas of Europe, described Robinson as a symbol of the struggle to speak the unspeakable. “He’s the emblem of an individual who’s tried to – as an advocate or journalist who has transcended his grassroots days – highlight the plight of victims. This is to do with his ability to articulate viewpoints without facing penalties,” said Roman.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Rightwing blogger Pamela Geller, another prominent US Robinson supporter. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP
It is an argument that has electrified the US far right. Recently, the US’s largest anti-Muslim organisation, ACT! for America, emailed its 750,000 members, outlining the “battle for free speech in Europe, specifically England”, around the Robinson case. Another influential Robinson supporter has been the far-right Texas-based conspiracy theorist website Infowars, which receives around 10m monthly visits. Alex Jones, who runs the site, calls Robinson a “political prisoner”. One Infowars piece, published by the Gatestone Institute, an anti-Muslim thinktank, articulates the US-UK alliance over Robinson. A prominent fellow of the Gatestone Institute is Raheem Kassam , London editor for rightwing website Breitbart when Bannon was its executive chairman.
Other pro-Robinson US figures include Pamela Geller, an anti-Muslim blogger banned from the UK, and Donald Trump Jr, who messaged nearly 3 million Twitter followers that jailing Robinson was another reason “for the original #brexit”. The reference to Brexit is germane to exploring the trajectory of the future transatlantic alignment of the far right. The day before Trump’s arrival in London on 12 July Bannon met rightwing luminaries at a Mayfair hotel, including Louis Aliot, partner of France’s National Rally leader Marine Le Pen, and Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of the UK’s oldest conservative thinktank, the Bow Group. Although Harris-Quinney told the Observer they did not discuss Robinson, Bannon clearly had his eye on Britain’s exit from the EU and discussed “the current state of the Brexit process” following the Chequers proposal.
Ford believes fallout from the Brexit deal will help the far right make a real incursion into UK politics. He calculated that around 20% of the electorate hold a Ukip worldview, of which around half might be seduced by the xenophobic, Islamophobic vision of a Bannon/Robinson alliance. “That’s still 10% of the electorate – a lot of voters,” he said.
Brexit offered an opportunity to vastly increase numbers, added Ford. “We were promised a national renewal project and all we got was this crappy T-shirt from Boris Johnson,” he said. If a radical-right movement harnessed the power of a Robinson, or Farage, with adequate funding and credible candidates, it could make significant inroads. “There are formidable barriers to entry for new parties. One is getting any kind of attention, and figures like Robinson and Farage are valuable for that.”
If Robinson is released this week, his value to the international far right may soon be underlined.
Robinson founds and becomes leader of the anti-Muslim English Defence League (EDL)
Resigns from the EDL, claiming he has concerns over the “dangers of far-right extremism”
Launches Pegida UK, British offshoot of the German anti-immigration organisation
Becomes correspondent for rightwing Canadian outfit Rebel Media
Sentenced to 13 months’ imprisonment for contempt of court
Pregnant goat dies after being gangraped by 8 men in Haryana | india news | Hindustan Times
india news Pregnant goat dies after being allegedly gangraped by 8 men in Haryana One of the accused met the owner of the goat the day after he had raped her and said that he had a nice time. india Updated: Jul 29, 2018 14:15 IST Hindustan Times, Gurugram The goat owner filed a police complaint on Thursday.(ANI Photo)
Police have booked eight men in a village in Haryana’s Mewat district for raping a goat Wednesday night. The seven-year-old goat was pregnant and died a day after the assault, police said.
Police said the accused are locals and alleged history-sheeters. Three of them were beaten up by villagers in Maroda village about 73 kilometres south of Gurugram after the owner of the goat caught them in the act.
Police have registered a case under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, woman or animal” and under the Animal Cruelty Act at Nagina police station in Nuh, earlier known as Mewat. The police are yet to make any arrests but say that the accused would be nabbed soon.
“Our team is investigating the case and has recorded the statement of the goat’s owner, who allegedly caught the three accused in the act. We are also in the process of recording the statements of other eyewitnesses and villagers to know the exact sequence of the crime and arrests will be made once we get all the details,” Nazneen Bhasin, superintendent of police, Nuh, said Sunday morning. Five others are yet to be identified.
The owner, Aslup Khan, said his goat went missing from its shed, located adjacent to his house, on Wednesday night after which he and other villagers started looking for it. “It was around 11pm when I heard some noise and went out. The gate of the shed was open. I panicked and raised an alarm, as four of my goats had been stolen in the past and this was the only one left. While we were looking around, we found three men sexually assaulting my goat,” said 27-year-old Khan, a truck driver.
Khan said they caught hold of them and beat them up, but were let off later as they were in an inebriated state and were regular offenders. He further said that the three men told them about five others who had allegedly raped the goat that night. Bhasin said the three men have a criminal record and were jailed in the past for allegedly stealing motorcycles and cattle.
“My goat was injured and lying on the ground. It was not even able to walk. I took it home and applied medicines on the wounds on its head and nose. It did not eat anything the next day and was lying as if it was paralysed,” Khan said.
Police said one of the accused met Khan the next day and mocked him over the condition of the goat.
“He came to me on Thursday and threatened to steal the goat. He laughed and said that he and his friends had a nice time that night, which made me furious. I thrashed him after which he fled the spot,” Khan said.
The condition of goat started deteriorating and it died around 6pm. That’s when the villagers informed police who reached the village on Thursday night.
“We informed the veterinary surgeon as the post-mortem had to be conducted and booked the men involved in the sexual assault,” Bhasin said.
Dr Ramvir Bhardwaj, veterinary surgeon of animal husbandry posted at Nagina said the goat died of brain haemorrhage. “It was 50 weeks pregnant. During the post-mortem examination, it was found that there was blood in her windpipe. Samples of its vaginal swabs were sent to the forensic science laboratory,” Bhardwaj said. tags
Ahed Tamimi: Israel frees Palestinian viral slap video teen – BBC News
Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian viral slap video teenager, freed in Israel 29 July 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Is a slap terrorism? A Palestinian teenager who was filmed assaulting an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank has been freed after eight months in jail.
Video showing Ahed Tamimi slapping and kicking the soldier outside her home in Nabi Saleh last year went viral.
For Palestinians, she became a symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation, but many Israelis see her as a publicity-seeking troublemaker.
The 17-year-old was mobbed by well-wishers as she returned to her town.
“Resistance is continuing until the occupation is removed,” she told the crowd.
Speaking to the media later, she said she had resolved “to study law and to focus on holding the occupation accountable”.
Sixteen at the time, she was originally charged with 12 counts of assault, incitement, interference with soldiers and stone throwing.
In March, she agreed to plead guilty to four of the charges, including incitement and assault.
The day before Ahed Tamimi was released, two Italians were arrested for drawing a 4m (13ft) mural of the teenager’s face on the wall that separates Bethlehem from Jerusalem.
Israeli border police said the two Italian men, and a Palestinian who was also arrested, were suspected of “damaging and vandalising the security fence in the Bethlehem area”. Image copyright AFP Image caption The mural was created in the last week
The group then allegedly tried to flee when confronted by police.
Last Wednesday, one of the men identified himself as Italian street artist Jorit Agoch. He posted an appeal for help on his Instagram page on Saturday, saying he had been arrested. How did the incident go viral?
Ahed Tamimi was filmed by her mother, Nariman, shouting at and shoving two soldiers in the driveway of her family home on 15 December 2017.
The incident was streamed on Nariman Tamimi’s Facebook page and video of the confrontation was widely viewed.
In the footage she kicks one soldier and slaps his face, and threatens to punch the other. Image copyright AFP Image caption Both Ahed Tamimi (R) and her mother Nariman served time in jail over the incident
Ahed Tamimi told a pre-trial hearing that she had lashed out at the soldiers because she had seen them shoot her 15-year-old cousin Mohammed in the head with a rubber bullet that same day.
The Israeli military said it had dispatched the soldiers to the Tamimis’ home, where Palestinian youths had been throwing stones at troops sent to quell violent protests.
It also later contested the cause of Mohammed’s head injury , saying last month that the boy had told interrogators he sustained it from falling off a bike. What was the fallout?
Ahed Tamimi’s case sparked an outpouring of deeply opposing views between Israelis and Palestinians.
Many Israelis say Ahed Tamimi has long been exploited by her family, who they accuse of using her to try to provoke Israeli soldiers on film.
Her mother was also charged with incitement on social media and assault, while her cousin Nour, who participated in the incident, was charged with assault.
Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Ahed and Nour Tamimi deserved to “finish their lives in prison”.
For Palestinians, Ahed Tamimi has become a national icon for what they see as acts of bravery in standing up to armed soldiers on occupied land.
Her face has appeared on street murals and posters, while an online petition organised by her father calling for her release gathered 1.7m signatures. Related Topics