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New York Times publisher refuses to bow to Biden administration — then he admits the harsh facts about Biden
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New York Times publisher refuses to bow to Biden administration — then he admits the harsh facts about Biden

The White House is "extremely upset" over the New York Times' coverage of President Joe Biden. But Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger is refusing to kowtow.

Speaking in an interview with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Sulzberger promised his newspaper will cover Biden and Donald Trump fairly, meaning the paper will accurately report on the good and the bad of both candidates.

"We are not anyone's opposition and we're not anyone's lap dog," he said. "We are going to continue to report fully and fairly, not just on Donald Trump but also on President Joe Biden."

Sulzberger then dropped the cold, hard truth about Biden and why the White House is upset at his newspaper.

"[Biden] is a historically unpopular incumbent and the oldest man to ever hold this office," he admitted. "We've reported on both of those realities extensively, and the White House has been extremely upset about it."

Not only is the Times reporting on Biden's age and the concerns about his cognitive decline, but in the wake of special counsel Robert Hur's description of Biden as "an elderly man with a poor memory," the Times is publishing more opinion essays about Biden's age.

In addition to the White House's anger, members of the Biden campaign have reportedly also voiced their frustrations. Recently, the campaign invited reporters and editors from the newspaper to campaign headquarters. The mission? To correct what the campaign believes the newspaper is "getting wrong."

In fact, the campaign has met with journalists from most major news outlets about their coverage of Biden. Those meetings have been "substantive" and "productive," according to Semafor, with one exception: the New York Times.

And while even Margaret Sullivan, former public editor of the Times, is criticizing her former employer for covering Biden's faults, Sulzberger recognized why even-handed coverage is important and why the Times cannot ignore Biden's problems.

"We are not saying that [Biden's age and unpopularity are] the same as Trump’s five court cases or that they are even. They are different. But they are both true, and the public needs to know both those things," he said.

"And if you are hyping up one side or downplaying the other, no side has a reason to trust you in the long run," he acknowledged.

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Chris Enloe

Chris Enloe

Staff Writer

Chris is a staff writer for Blaze News. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can reach him at cenloe@blazemedia.com.
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