While journalists most of the time live in their own media echo chamber, they sometimes get a good deal of reality when they share their self-expanding opinions on social media. This is what happened to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman last weekend when she complained about President Trump defending Iranian journalists and protesters against their totalitarian government.
As Iran reacted violently against regime protesters over the weekend, President Trump called on Iranian leaders to let journalists “move freely”. He also warned Iran to stop killing protesters. In November alone, 1,500 demonstrators were reportedly killed and 7,000 people arrested.
However, the media downplayed these anti-regime protests because they go against the liberal media narrative that, by killing Qasem Soleimani, Trump “unified” Iran. New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman has shown how sensitive journalists are to President Trump’s criticisms of their bad reporting. In a tweet to Trump, she tried to assimilate the way he calls the press “the enemy of the people” of the Islamic Republic of Iran, imprisoning and torturing critical journalists. On January 12, she snarked to the president, “Let the journalists move about freely,” said the president, who regularly describes the American press as an enemy of the people, “in the eyes of Iranian leaders.”
This hot plug was not well received. Mockery ensued, with critics asking Haberman, to list how many journalists Trump had imprisoned or tortured:
Trump’s tweets mean things and it’s just like Iran putting journalists in jail and torturing them.
– Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 12, 2020
How many journalists has Trump imprisoned?
– Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) January 12, 2020
What kind of thrilled nincompoop compares the president’s nasty tweets to jailed, tortured, and sometimes killed journalists in Iran. Your putrid reports on Iran show why so much media is held in contempt … it didn’t start with Trump’s tweets.
– Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) January 12, 2020
Maggie Haberman, another employee of the New York Times morally challenged https://t.co/7u5IAbaV7J
– Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) January 12, 2020
A NYT reporter suggests that the American press, being criticized for its bad reporting and other failures, suffers the same way as journalists in Iran, who are imprisoned, tortured and murdered for their reporting. All this while the American media downplay or ignore Iran’s lies. https://t.co/98W0g7Nt9T
– Mollie (@MZHemingway) January 12, 2020
However, it seems that the criticism fell on deaf ears. Monday morning, she tweeted this ridiculous assessment from the 2016 election:
The president was elected in 2016 in part by fueling fears about Muslims and terrorism. https://t.co/2mjTFg4gJL
– Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 13, 2020