At 3 a.m. EDT this morning, I checked my phone. First thing, every day, I go through all the newspapers, and all the news websites.
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There's one thing that often stands out to me, and this morning it jumped right off the page. The New York Times has become the opposition party. Its primary purpose is not news. It is opinion -- negative opinion on President Trump.
Look at this, headline number one: "Scientists fear Trump will dismiss climate change report."
This is a leak. Government scientists, Obama-era people, who expect climate change to wreak havoc on America -- the Times reports their opinion.
Number two: "Trump loves partisan CIA chief, but the agency is wary."
Another leak. Coming from insiders at the CIA, who are expressing their opinions about the new chief, and again undermining the new president.
Number three: "Trump's stalled trade agenda leaves industries in the lurch."
The Times makes the judgment that trade policy is stalled -- and selectively uses executives who support that opinion.
All this, of course, follows the article over the weekend suggesting Mike Pence was gearing up to oust President Trump at the next election. That amounted to malicious gossip, designed again to undermine the president.
In short, the Times has taken over the role of a political party. The Democratic Party should be the opposition, offering their own opinions, but they are leaderless and lack a coherent policy alternative.
So the Times jumps in. Strongly supported by the Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Newsweek and just about every other media outlet. Itâs a long list. And thatâs what you wake up to every day.
In my opinion, the media has become the propaganda machine for the coastal elites.
Letâs be clear. âVarney & Co.â is an opinion show. We support economic growth. We want America to succeed. We want prosperity to return.
And we don't think that undermining the president -- for clearly political purposes -- is the proper job of the media.