The New York Post reached a new level of right-wing absurdity with a particularly obnoxious cover that declared President Donald Trump was “clean” after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. But in reality, even though Trump isn’t being prosecuted, the report provides overwhelming evidence of the wrongdoings of Trump’s administration and his campaign.
But that’s not what the Post’s front page says. Instead, it declares “The Mueller Report. Trump Clean. No Crimes Committed.” On the bottom of the page it takes a stab at Democrats:
“Dem Hoax Destroyed.”
Post columnist Michael Goodwin is the featured author. Goodwin, an unabashed Trump supporter whose fawning columns offer a new dimension into the word “embarrassing” is no less foolish here.
“Good God, free at last, free at last,” he writes.
“Donald Trump is now free to be president without the cloud that hovered over him since his election. No president ever faced, let alone survived a probe as fierce and determined as this one?”
Oh c’mon, really? Goodwin’s never heard of Watergate? One of the largest political scandals in U.S. history, it culminated with the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1973.
And when is it ever okay to use a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King to celebrate another man who is venal and obviously racist?
Goodwin also took a shot at 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“So hide your head in shame Hillary Clinton,” he wrote. “You started the false charge of collusion because you couldn’t accept defeat, and now your name will be synonymous with the most destructive hoax in American history.”
I have no idea if Clinton was the first to claim collusion but she handled her loss with grace, a word that Donald Trump knows nothing about.
“Take that The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and MSNBC,” he writes.
“By abandoning their standards, Big Media got the biggest story wrong and mislead their readers and viewers — yet refuse to admit it. They are the true dead-enders, still searching for a thread to justify their jihad against Trump.”
But if the so-called “Big Media” has any fault in this, it’s because coverage is often only superficial, rarely looking into the political machine that led to Trump’s election. As Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez noted in The Huffington Post in late March, Trump is merely a symptom of a much larger problem.
“He can stay. He can go. He can be impeached, or voted out in 2020,” she wrote in a tweet. “But removing Trump will not remove the infrastructure of an entire party that embraced him; the dark money that funded him; the online radicalization that drummed his army; nor the racism he amplified + reanimated.”
And one has to wonder if the Post’s right-wingers ever glimpse themselves in this media mirror.
In writing the cover story for Friday’s Post Goodwin makes it sound as if everything was roses. Mediaite, however, notes the situation was more complicated than that and cited Mueller’s report:
“The investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign,” the report notes at one point while adding that ‘the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges.'”
A number of notable journalists, perhaps fed up with the Goodwin’s simpering writing on Trump, aired their feelings on Twitter. And they’re not wrong.
Today’s NY Post cover is embarrassing for journalism. pic.twitter.com/SIHIsGIUtW
— Josh Sternberg (@joshsternberg) April 19, 2019
Sad. The New York Post has become Fox News. pic.twitter.com/FqIJALnjtP
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) April 19, 2019
— Dan Froomkin (@froomkin) April 19, 2019
I get that the Post has a perspective. But Post readers are smarter than this. pic.twitter.com/2vuzqRt725
— Pat Kiernan (@patkiernan) April 19, 2019
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) April 19, 2019
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 19, 2019
So the New York post has gone full Lou Dobbs. Never go full Lou Dobbs https://t.co/bkJp3WSoCU
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) April 19, 2019
— Jerry Saltz (@jerrysaltz) April 19, 2019
Hold this up against the de Blasio front after the U.S. Attorney declined to indict. https://t.co/mRj4ilT3Pv
— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) April 19, 2019