Bloomberg News‘s Mark Halperin has compared The New York Times post-election coverage to the satirical news site The Onion, accusing the newspaper of overt bias.
Halperin appeared on MSNBC‘s “Morning Joe” to discuss how the media covered Trump’s surprising victory. He said, “I love The New York Times. I think it’s a great institution,” but noted that the coverage after the election was abysmal. As he talked, he held up the newspaper’s front page with the headline: “Democrats, Students And Foreign Allies Face the Reality of a Trump Presidency.”
He said: “This is the day after a surprising underdog sweeping victory and their headline is not ‘Disaffected Americans Have a Champion Going to the White House’ or ‘The Country Votes for Fundamental Change.”
“The headline is about how disappointed the friends of the people who run The New York Times are about what happened,” added the co-host of the political affairs program “With All Due Respect” on Bloomberg TV.
As the show’s co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough piled on with the criticism of the paper’s front-page story, Halperin then compared the paper with America’s favorite satirical newspaper, saying: “It’s a great example. … It’s The Onion.”
“The responsibility of journalists is not to report on their biases,” he added.