In this week’s edition of The American Conservatives, host David Frum shares a story that was never reported in the mainstream media: In the early days of the Donald Trump candidacy, the media ignored the Trump administration’s threats to cut off funding to news organizations that had a political agenda.
The Trump administration, the Trump-backed media, and the Trump supporters who rallied behind the candidate were all at odds with each other.
These disagreements were reflected in what some considered to be a media-driven backlash to Trump.
For example, the White House threatened to cut funding to the National Association for Public Radio (NPR) and its staff if the organization published a story criticizing the Trump Administration.
This would have been an unprecedented attack on a news organization that, for the past few years, had covered the administration’s policies and priorities, including its crackdown on the opioid epidemic.
The story was about to be published on NPR’s website.
NPR responded by saying that it was “in no way endorsing” the story and would not be publishing it.
The administration was then asked if the news organization was allowed to publish.
The answer was no, as the media had not done so in the past.
As a result, NPR had to stop its reporting on the Trump transition, which was not allowed to be mentioned in any mainstream outlets.
NPR also decided to stop using the term “Trump” as a term of endearment in its broadcasts.
In an interview with The Washington Post, NPR chief executive officer Marc Benioff explained that the Trump name had been used to “generate negative buzz” that had contributed to a backlash.
The term “niggers,” he said, had also been used by many in the media to refer to those in Trump’s orbit, who were “not going to be nice” to him.
The response to NPR’s decision was swift, and it came in the form of a series of articles on The Washington Examiner’s website and in the New York Times.
On Thursday, The New York Post published an article titled “Niggers, N-word and the media’s hatred of Trump.”
The piece, by Matt Pearce, reported that while the media has not done anything to make these remarks in the way they might have had if they were uttered by a real person, they are “still deeply offensive and racist.”
The Post noted that Trump supporters were “hanging up signs that say ‘NIGGER’ on them, as they chant ‘Donald Trump is a racist.'”
The story added that Trump himself, while not making any racist remarks, had “used the term ‘nigger’ to describe those who voted for him in the 2016 election.”
It went on to note that “the ‘nigger’ term is a code word for a racial slur, a racist slur that was coined in the 1930s to describe people of African descent and is often used by white supremacists to refer in some circles to black people.”
The article continued: In recent years, the term has been used widely to refer, in some instances, to black Americans, and is now being used by racist white nationalists and right-wing media outlets, as well as by Trump supporters and their supporters, to call for violence against black people.
In response to the article, Pearce wrote: “This is not the first time that this ‘n-word’ has been associated with violence against African Americans.
During the campaign, a man wearing a Trump mask and with a swastika tattooed on his arm allegedly beat a black man to death.
The president’s campaign issued a video in which he claimed that black people are ‘the problem.'”
Pearce concluded, “This ‘n*gger’ comment is an attempt to demonize a whole group of people.
It’s not just about a man with a tattoo on his hand, or a woman who’s wearing a Donald Trump mask.
It is an attack on all of us.”
The Trump Administration’s response The Trump campaign immediately released a statement to The Washington Times and other outlets defending its decision to not allow NPR to publish the story.
“President Trump believes the media should report what the American people want to hear,” said Trump campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks.
“That’s why President Trump was honored to host a White House news conference to announce the appointment of a new senior adviser to his administration.
He also called for the media and the political class to stop focusing on the President’s political opponents and focus on the American worker and the American economy.”
The White House added that the NPR story had been written by NPR staff and had not been independently reviewed.
“NPR was not involved in the story’s creation or editorializing,” the statement continued.
“The NPR story was based on a series by NPR News, which had the final say about its content.”
The administration added that it would be reviewing NPR’s request for funding.
The Washington-based Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has been documenting media bias and political violence for years.