Kurtz: Former NY Times Chief Believes Paper 'Has Gone Off the Rails' With Anti-Trump Bias
Abramson: NYT reporting 'unmistakably' negative.
Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz said on "The Ingraham Angle" that the former top editor of The New York Times is sounding the alarm about anti-Trump bias at the paper.
The host of "MediaBuzz" broke the story on FoxNews.com Wednesday, reporting comments from Jill Abramson's forthcoming book, "Merchants of Truth," in which she says the Times's straight-news articles have become "unmistakably anti-Trump" under her successor Dean Baquet.
Abramson, who was executive editor from 2011 to 2014, called out the financial reward for the paper running numerous anti-Trump stories to drive up circulation and online traffic. She described a culture in which younger Times staffers feel that the paper must take a stand against Trump.
"The more 'woke' staff thought that urgent times called for urgent measures; the dangers of Trump’s presidency obviated the old standards," Abramson wrote.
Kurtz told Jason Chaffetz that journalists at all organizations need to examine "the relentless nature" of the negative coverage of the Trump administration and whether it is hurting the media's credibility overall.
He stressed that the Times still has good reporters who do thorough work, recalling that the paper was the first to reveal Hillary Clinton's private email server.
Kurtz said Abramson, fired in 2014, is not expressing "sour grapes," emphasizing that she is "not a fan" of Trump.
"She believes the paper that she loved has just gone off the rails when it comes to this president," he said.
Watch the interview above.