Beltway journalists rush to defend New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman and fail in the aftermath of the backlash her fluff piece of Hope Hicks sparked.
New York Times’ Jonathan Martin tried to defend Haberman by amplifying an article written by Jonathan Chait. CNN’s Brian Stelter also weighed in, giving his two cents.
“Haberman is the most indispensable journalist of the Trump era. She’s relentless, tough and thoroughly fair. And she’s a big part of why you know so much of what you do about this White House,” Martin tweeted with a link to Chait’s article.
Well, Twitter responded as you would expect:
— Unfiltered Mind (@unfilteredmindk) May 28, 2019
Maggie Haberman only works at the NYTimes because her father did and there are hundreds of journalists who could do her job better. The end.
— Ally Maynard (@missmayn) May 28, 2019
This is still Maggie Haberman's worst take IMO. And people are acting like she's some exemplar for journalism. Give me a fucking break. pic.twitter.com/wfovVl3byU
— Ethan Grey (@_EthanGrey) May 28, 2019
Alt take: Habberman is frequently good at journalism but also frequently writes puff pieces that flatter Trump's inner circle in order to maintain access & then over-reacts to any and all criticism of her access journalism approach.
— SuperboffinLA (@SuperboffinLA) May 28, 2019
Since @jonathanchait appears unable to read, let me try to remind him of the articles Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) has actually written about the Trump administration. This will be a bit of a thread. Exhibit A: https://t.co/2qMUyEVcaj
— Joshua Landy (@profjoshlandy) May 28, 2019
Generally speaking, when waxing philosophical about The Left, do you feel any responsibility to represent actual complaints against Haberman? Because they started during 2015-2016 election cycle & were based on the attached, which is in no way represented in your op-ed: pic.twitter.com/x1FuGSILV8
— ryangielen (@ryangielen) May 28, 2019
“Thoroughly fair?” So you don’t know the purpose of a subpoena, either? Cop a clue, it ain’t no existential crisis. 👮
And quit throwing the word ‘journalist’ around. Evidently, it ALSO doesn’t mean what you think it means. 🤫 pic.twitter.com/lWKqOwl7Gr
— Oh For Crissakes… #MarchAgainstFascism (@lisareynaloe) May 28, 2019
We don’t need journalists to be friends with Trump. We don’t need the New York Times to have “access” with all the ugly compromises that requires. We need investigative journalism.
Haberman is a dirtbag. You’re trying to polish a turd.
— #TimeToImpeach – #IStandWithIlhan 🌹 (@MidSentryModern) May 28, 2019