Last November, the New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. penned a letter to his subscribers. He claimed they aimed to “rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism.” He continued, “That is to report America and the world honestly.”
Apparently, someone at the Times did not get that memo as a recent article about Gov. Rick Perry was nothing short of ‘fake news”.
On Wednesday, the New York Times ran a blatant hit piece about Trump’s energy secretary nominee. They claimed Perry accepted the position unaware of his job duties. Their article began:
WASHINGTON — When President-elect Donald J. Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.
In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal.
However, it did not take long for a journalist actually dedicated to honesty to debunk the claims. The Washington Examiner used verified facts to discredited the story.
First, the article’s lone source, Michael McKenna, was booted from the Trump transition team in November 2016. Perry was appointed to the role in December 2016.
Second, the quote attributed to McKenna is pure speculation. It’s him theorizing about what the former governor may be thinking now compared to what he thought back in December when he was first offered the job.
How the Times took that single quote and presented the headline and opening paragraphs as solid fact is anyone’s guess.
Third, according McKenna, the quote isn’t even accurate. He told the Daily Caller Wednesday evening that his already bland remarks were badly misinterpreted by the Times. He said the report “[doesn’t] really reflect what I said,” adding that Perry “of course” understood the job when he accepted it.
Fourth, Amarillo, Texas, serves as the primary location for the assembly and disassembly of the nation’s nuclear weapons. Nearly two-thirds of the Department of Energy’s budget goes to maintaining those stockpiles. As a reminder, Perry, a former member of the United States Air Force, served as governor of Texas for 15 years. He is not unaware of those projects.
Fifth, Perry even stated in December when he accepted the job that he was looking forward to carrying out the duties of the office, including overseeing the maintenance of the national’s nuclear arsenal.
The Examiner actually reviewed Gov. Perry’s own words at the time of his nomination. His statement alone disproved the Times allegations.
“As the former governor of the nation’s largest energy producing state, I know American energy is critical to our economy and our security,” Perry said in the statement. “I look forward to engaging in a conversation about the development, stewardship and regulation of our energy resources, safeguarding our nuclear arsenal, and promoting an American energy policy that creates jobs and puts America first.” (emphasis added)
At best, the Times piece is pathetic and lazy reporting. At worse, it is journalistic malpractice.
It is no wonder the main stream media has little to no credibility with Middle America. They use to get away with such lies and deceptions. Apparently, they still haven’t figured out that they no longer have a monopoly. Until they do, I’m afraid they will continue with even more outrageous claims, only furthering their decent into oblivion. Which, to be honest, I’m ok with.
But that’s just my 2 cents.