FUNNY NOT FUNNY: NY Times Says It’s Looking For Fake News

On Tuesday, a New York Times reporter tweeted that the paper wanted its readers to send the newspaper incidences of fake news, stating that the paper was ‘looking for false information being spread deliberately to confuse, mislead, or influence voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.”

The Times might start by looking inward just a little. In July 2017, the Times published a widely-condemned scurrilous editorial reiterating a long-debunked conspiracy theory suggesting that a map published by Sarah Palin’s PAC listing electoral districts caused Jared Lee Loughner to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in 2011.

In May 2018, the Times understated the number of people at a Trump rally in Nashville, Tennessee, saying there were 1,000 people when there were reportedly between 5,000-8,000 people there. In July 2018, the Times was caught after repeating a reportedly false claim from 1987 that Israel’s founding prime minister, David Ben Gurion, wanted Israel to give up land it had conquered in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Most recently, last week the Times published a piece that elicited outrage against U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley titled “Nikki Haley’s View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701.”

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