NYT Editor: Trump Got ‘Tougher Coverage’ Because of ‘Fairness’

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By Heat Street Staff | 3:10 pm, December 9, 2016

Journalistic “fairness” means that “some candidates get tougher coverage,” New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet said in a recent interview with NPR.

Baquet went on to admit that the Times “didn’t do much reporting” on Bill and Hillary Clinton’s personal finances — in the interest of “fairness” and balance.

“We didn’t do much reporting on the Clintons’ finances because their personal finances were not in the league with Donald Trump, and they weren’t running as successful business people,” he said.

In the same interview, Baquet told NPR that Washington and New York-based media elites “don’t get religion” and needed to try harder to “understand the anger and disconnectedness that people feel” as media outlets endeavor to cover Donald Trump, who he described as a “truly unusual figure.”

Baquet has previously said that Trump “changed journalism” by challenging reporters to confront and fact-check the candidate’s frequent lies.

Donald Trump is not a fan of the New York Times.

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