The New York Times Just Gave Trump A Giant F*ck You After His Early Morning Meltdown

In the fight between a reality tv star-turned-president and the most esteemed newspaper in the country, the New York Times likes their odds.

Continuing a pattern of open hatred towards journalists who criticize him, Trump went on an early morning rant that culminated in the President-elect attacking The New York Times and wishing it – along with the hundreds of people it employees – would go out of business. Trump’s very first effort on being elected was to actively seek to make people lose jobs. Not a good look.

Trump was furious that the paper dared note that angry white voters were responsible for his success, and his bigoted rhetoric is what brought them to him. These facts – and they are facts – infuriated Trump. He had been hoping, apparently, that America would simply forget that he had run the most overtly racist campaign in modern history and move on.

Going a step further, Trump has also occasionally threatened to actually sue The New York Times for covering him.

But if he thought these rants and threats would get the paper to budge, he was sorely mistaken. First in a statement to readers then on Twitter, The New York Times sent a powerful message: Take your threats and shove it. We’ve got reporting to do. And readers want to hear it.

As we reflect on the momentous result, and the months of reporting and polling that preceded it, we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you. It is also to hold power to account, impartially and unflinchingly. You can rely on The New York Times to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president and his team.

They also called “bullshit” on Trump’s lie that the paper was losing readers due to reporting on Trump. In fact, subscriptions are flooding in. The Times tweeted out a message from assistant masthead editor for the NYT Clifford Levy pointing out the inconvenient truth:

Even factoring in cancellations, The Times says it has a net gain of four times as many readers since Election Day. They then took it a step further, tweeting a factcheck directly to Trump.

In this time of uncertainty, it seems people are turning to a paper they can trust to unblinkingly give them the real deal on Trump. It’s going to be a long four years for Americans, but with journalists willing to hold his feet to the fire, it may be even longer for Trump.

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