New York Times reporter Patrick Healy was dragged on Twitter after he tweeted that he called Donald Trump at midnight to ask him about Meryl Streep’s blistering criticism of him at the Golden Globes awards shows.
Healy tweeted: “I called President-elect Trump at midnight to ask about Meryl Streep’s speech. “A Hillary lover,” he said.”
I called President-elect Trump at midnight to ask about Meryl Streep's speech. "A Hillary lover," he said. And more: https://t.co/HdUiTW6qns
— Patrick Healy (@patrickhealynyt) January 9, 2017
Healy wrote: “Mr. Trump, as he has done many times before, grew heated in the interview as he flatly denied that he had intended to make fun of the Times reporter, Serge F. Kovaleski.”
““I was never mocking anyone,” Mr. Trump said. “I was calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story,” arguing that the reporter had been trying to back away from an article he wrote in September 2001 about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and elsewhere that month.”
He allowed Donald Trump to gaslight with no pushback or even defense of fellow journalist Serge Kovaleski, whose disability Trump mocked. The newspaper via Patrick Healy is helping Donald Trump redefine reality. The video is clear. He mocked Kovaleski.
Media Matters had a lot to say about Healy’s journalistic malpractice:
“The Times knows better. When Trump first attacked Kovaleski in July 2015, the paper responded, “We’re outraged that he would ridicule the physical appearance of one of our reporters.””
“This is what Trump and his allies do. When Trump says something that exposes a real vulnerability, they outright lie about what he said and why. Trump lies habitually, so unwinding the rationale behind any particular falsehood is difficult. But the result is a news environment in which facts become unstable, reality is constantly under attack, and both journalists and news consumers are unable to process new information within a coherent collective framework.”
“If the paper of record won’t stand up for the truth about an attack on one of its own reporters, I have to question whether the Times will be able to do so regarding key issues of policy and politics. And that’s a real concern as the next administration unfolds.”
Meryl Streep’s speech last night:
Full video of Streep. Worth watching: pic.twitter.com/ItQkoJLnxG
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 9, 2017
Twitter users also blasted him:
@patrickhealynyt Why didn't you ask about something more important?
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 9, 2017
.@patrickhealynyt I respect your work, but this puzzles. Surely you asked PEOTUS more pressing questions in that midnight call. Pls say yes.
— Connie Schultz (@ConnieSchultz) January 9, 2017
. @patrickhealynyt Did you maybe think about asking him about something important, or are you trying to get that job at US Weekly?
— TBogg (@tbogg) January 9, 2017
— Social✽Fly (@socflyny) January 9, 2017
— PhenomenalWoman (@1nePhenomenalMe) January 9, 2017
@patrickhealynyt Unfortunately you didn't correct DT's lie about Kovaleski changing his story, but hey, you had to get that dress quote in!
— prays w/faint damns (@Cy_Lanced) January 9, 2017