Matt Taibbi rips open the New York Times for defending Biden’s inaction against Saudis for the murder of Khashoggi
Journalist Matt Taibbi has brought the New York Times to justice for its reaction to President Biden’s lack of action against Saudi Arabia following the death of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi, particularly after the newspaper expressed its outrage over the president’s similar reaction Trump had voiced when he was at the office.
In an article published on his Substack entitled “The Sovietization of the American Press,” Taibbi argued that the mainstream media has shifted from advocating “false” objectivity “to openly adopting” one-party orthodoxy “.
“The coverage of Biden is increasingly resembling official press releases, often with embarrassing Soviet-style distortions,” Taibbi wrote.
As an example, he cited the recent coverage of the Times about the lack of punishment by the Biden government for the Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman, who, according to US intelligence reports, ordered the murder of Khashoggi in 2018.
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“When Biden decided not to punish Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman for killing Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi because the” cost “of” violating one of America’s most important Arab allies “was too high, The New York Times was too high on the headline, “Biden will not punish the Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi’s killing and fear of violating relations,” Taibbi wrote.
“When Donald Trump did the same calculation and said he couldn’t cut ties because ‘the world is a very dangerous place’ and ‘our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’, the newspaper joined most of the other press corps in outrage howl. “
Taibbi then quoted a Times report, titled “In Extraordinary Declaration, Trump Stands With Saudis Despite Khashoggi Killing,” which described Trump’s decision as “a strong distillation of Trump worldview”: ruthlessly transactional, regardless of the facts, determined to America Advocacy First, and based on a theory of moral equivalence, “adding,” even Mr. Trump’s strongest allies on Capitol Hill expressed disgust. “
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“This week, in its article” Crusaders for the Poor “, the Times described Biden’s identical decision by bin Salman as mere evidence that he remains” in the cautious middle “in his foreign policy,” Taibbi contrasted Times coverage. “The paper had before [Times correspondent] David Sanger unearths a quote from former Middle East negotiator Dennis Ross who applauded Mr Biden for trying to thread the needle here … This is the classic example of where you need to balance your values and interests . ”
“There are two opposing attitudes that assume exactly the same thing,” emphasized Taibbi.
The Times did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.