New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman attempted to tie Jane Sanders, wife of the independent Vermont senator, to disgraced sheriff Joe Arpaio with a misleading tweet on Saturday.
Worth recalling that Jane Sanders appeared w Arpaio once and toured his tent jail https://t.co/Nd4q5ZAboA
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 26, 2017
Dave Weigel, reporter for the Washington Post, responded to the irresponsible tweet with the necessary context for the meeting between Sanders and Arpaio, who was pardoned by Trump on Friday. “Wasn’t a joint appearance.
@janeosanders toured jail, Arpaio showed up, she confronted him.”
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 26, 2017
Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, laid into Haberman for her cynical tweet:
Hey, who cares about context? Just omit the part about her confronting him and make it seem like something totally different! Journalism! https://t.co/ikZOuMqttE
— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) August 26, 2017
Haberman’s attempt to besmirch the reputation of Jane Sanders is amusing when one recalls how the Democratic National Committee saw the journalist as a useful hack for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, according to a leaked DNC email published by Wikileaks last summer:
We have has a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year. We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed. While we should have a larger conversation in the near future about a broader strategy for reengaging the beat press that covers HRC, for this we think we can achieve our objective and do the most shaping by going to Maggie.
Corporate media can’t let it go when it comes to Bernie Sanders, who remains the most popular politician in the United States. Months after the election was over, Newsweek tried to pin the blame for Trump’s victory on Sanders supporters. The New York Times also published an article that held Sanders and his supporters partially responsible for a shooting of Republican lawmakers in June.