The New York Times has been one of the leading creators of fake news.
Their presidential campaign coverage invented an alternate reality where Donald Trump couldn’t win the election.
And even after the election, they continued to publish fake news about Donald Trump.
But this time they got caught red handed.
President-elect Trump recently held an on-the-record meeting with editors and reporters from the Times.
The paper published their article on the meeting and falsely claimed Trump had moderated his positions on so-called “global warming”.
On the campaign trail, Trump pledged to withdraw from Obama’s Paris climate agreement, which would strangle the U.S. economy in the name of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Times “reported” that Trump had walked back on this promise:
“On climate change, Mr. Trump refused to repeat his promise to abandon the international climate accord reached last year in Paris, saying, “I’m looking at it very closely.” Despite the recent appointment to his transition team of a fierce critic of the Paris accords, Mr. Trump said that “I have an open mind to it” and that clean air and “crystal clear water” were vitally important.”
But it’s an inaccurate presentation of the President-elect’s answers on so-called “global warming”.
The full transcript shows Trump refusing to bow to the Times’ global warming alarmism by pointing out that the data supporting so-called “global warming” was faked by researchers who view it as a “political cause” as opposed to a scientific inquiry.
President-elect Trump also argued no one really knows much of anything about so-called “global warming”, and that the proposed solutions are job-killers which will damage the competitiveness of U.S. companies.
Here is the full transcript of his answers:
THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, opinion columnist: Mr. President-elect, can I ask a question? One of the issues that you actually were very careful not to speak about during the campaign, and haven’t spoken about yet, is one very near and dear to my heart, the whole issue of climate change, the Paris agreement, how you’ll approach it. You own some of the most beautiful links golf courses in the world …
[laughter, cross talk]
TRUMP: [laughing] I read your article. Some will be even better because actually like Doral is a little bit off … so it’ll be perfect. [inaudible] He doesn’t say that. He just says that the ones that are near the water will be gone, but Doral will be in great shape.
FRIEDMAN: But it’s really important to me, and I think to a lot of our readers, to know where you’re going to go with this. I don’t think anyone objects to, you know, doing all forms of energy. But are you going to take America out of the world’s lead of confronting climate change?
TRUMP: I’m looking at it very closely, Tom. I’ll tell you what. I have an open mind to it. We’re going to look very carefully. It’s one issue that’s interesting because there are few things where there’s more division than climate change. You don’t tend to hear this, but there are people on the other side of that issue who are, think, don’t even
SULZBERGER: Well, since we’re living on an island, sir, I want to thank you for having an open mind. We saw what these storms are now doing, right? We’ve seen it personally. Straight up.
FRIEDMAN: But you have an open mind on this?
TRUMP: I do have an open mind. And we’ve had storms always, Arthur.
SULZBERGER: Not like this.
TRUMP: You know the hottest day ever was in 1890-something, 98. You know, you can make lots of cases for different views. I have a totally open mind.
My uncle was for 35 years a professor at M.I.T. He was a great engineer, scientist. He was a great guy. And he was … a long time ago, he had feelings — this was a long time ago — he had feelings on this subject. It’s a very complex subject. I’m not sure anybody is ever going to really know. I know we have, they say they have science on one side but then they also have those horrible emails that were sent between the scientists. Where was that, in Geneva or wherever five years ago? Terrible. Where they got caught, you know, so you see that and you say, what’s this all about. I absolutely have an open mind. I will tell you this: Clean air is vitally important. Clean water, crystal clean water is vitally important. Safety is vitally important.
JAMES BENNET, editorial page editor: When you say an open mind, you mean you’re just not sure whether human activity causes climate change? Do you think human activity is or isn’t connected?
TRUMP: I think right now … well, I think there is some connectivity. There is some, something. It depends on how much. It also depends on how much it’s going to cost our companies. You have to understand, our companies are noncompetitive right now.
MICHAEL D. SHEAR, Just one quick clarification on the climate change, do you intend to, as you said, pull out of the Paris Climate …
TRUMP: I’m going to take a look at it.
Critics argue the Times published a misleading piece meant to drive a wedge between Trump and his supporters, disrupting his transition.
The framing and spinning the paper applied to President-elect Trump’s answers is misleading and does present an inaccurate representation of his response.
With the media focused on “fake news” as the reason Trump won the election, it’s important to point out that the leading publishers of fake news are often the so-called “mainstream” media outlets.