Citing a report in United States’ news daily New York Post, President Donald Trump has attacked New York Times stating that the news daily’s deteriorating readership could have improved had it been honest about its reports. “The failing @NYTimes would do much better if they were honest!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. The tweet linked a report written by New York Post columnist John Crudele in which he spelled out his reason to cancel his subscription of New York Times. In the report Crudele said, “I canceled my subscription to the New York Times because I felt the paper had become ethically challenged in its coverage of the presidential election.” “Soon after the election — one in which the Times’ favorite candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost — the paper admitted its mistakes,” he added.
The columnist also tore apart the paper’s coverage which made “Clinton look unstoppable and Trump to look ‘frazzled’.” Crudele further criticised the paper’s coverage of the federal investigation into whether Trump associates helped Russia meddle the 2016 presidential election and Trump’s wiretapping claims. Though the Times has been dismissive of Trump, the paper claims that it hasn’t hurt their business. The company said that its subscriptions doubled last year during the election. Hours later, Trump tweeted, “Why doesn’t Fake News talk about Podesta ties to Russia as covered by @FoxNews or money from Russia to Clinton – sale of Uranium?” According to a report by conservative news site Breitbart.com, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, may have violated federal law when he failed to fully disclose details surrounding his membership on the executive board of Joule Unlimited and the “75,000 common shares” he received.
The energy company accepted millions from a Vladimir Putin-connected Russian government fund. As for the uranium deal in question that Trump has called the “the Bill and Hillary deal”, in 2010, Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, was one of nine federal agency heads to sign off on Russia’s purchase of a controlling stake in Uranium One, an international mining company headquartered in Canada with operations in several U.S. states. It was part of a regular process for approving international deals involving strategic assets, such as uranium, that could have implications for national security. Some investors with an interest in making the Uranium One deal go through have a long-time relationship with Bill Clinton and have donated to the Clinton Foundation. But there’s no concrete evidence those relationships or donations helped make the deal go through, reports the Politifact.