You might call it another step in reigning in election interference.
They are taking on fake news.
The New York Times is all-in on their Anti-Trump rhetoric. Not just because they see things in his presidency they want to denounce, but because they actively want to slander and destroy him.
We know this due to the leaked meeting details in which the Editorial Board decided that — with the failure of Russian Collusion to bear fruit against him — they needed to reframe their negative reporting against him.
They decided that the remaining 2 years of the President’s first term would feature a Trump-is-racist angle in their reporting.
Team Trump is pushing back.
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign said on Wednesday it filed a libel suit against the New York Times accusing the newspaper of intentionally publishing a false opinion article related to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
…The lawsuit relates to a March 27, 2019, opinion article written by Max Frankel, who served as executive editor of the Times from 1986 to 1994.
The campaign attached to a news release a draft copy of the suit accusing the newspaper of “extreme bias against (the campaign) and animosity” and cited what it called the Times’ “exuberance to improperly influence the presidential election in November 2020.” Trump is seeking re-election on Nov. 3.
The Times did not have an immediate comment.
The opinion piece was headlined, “The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo” with a subhead adding, “The campaign and the Kremlin had an overarching deal: help beat Hillary Clinton for a new pro-Russian foreign policy.” Quid pro quo is a Latin term meaning a favor in exchange for a favor.
…In the opinion piece, Frankel stated, “Collusion – or a lack of it – turns out to have been the rhetorical trap that ensnared President Trump’s pursuers.”
Frankel added, “There was no need for detailed electoral collusion between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin’s oligarchy because they had an overarching deal: the quid of help in the campaign against Hillary Clinton for the quo of a new pro-Russian foreign policy, starting with relief from the Obama administration’s burdensome economic sanctions. The Trumpites knew about the quid and held out the prospect of the quo.”
“Today the President’s re-election campaign filed suit against the New York Times for falsely stating the Campaign had an ‘overarching deal’ with ‘Vladimir Putin’s oligarchy’ to ‘help the campaign against Hillary Clinton’ in exchange for ‘a new pro-Russian foreign policy, starting with relief from … economic sanctions,'” said Jenna Ellis, senior legal adviser to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
“The statements were and are 100 percent false and defamatory. The complaint alleges The Times was aware of the falsity at the time it published them, but did so for the intentional purpose of hurting the campaign, while misleading its own readers in the process,” Ellis said.
Even AFTER the Mueller Report came up empty… the Times was still pushing the Russia Narrative.
Nick Sandmann and the Covington Kids have shown us the only remedy that will get the attention of a Media industry that hos no apparent interest in preserving their integrity, their professionalism or their reputation.
Hit them in the wallet.
Will this stop the Times from behaving like the defacto AV department of the Democrat party?
That will depend on how hard they are hit by the lawsuit.