Maggie Haberman, a New York Times reporter, criticized Thursday’s Wall Street Journal for printing a false claim of a rigged electoral process. Many of these claims have been refuted by the Wall Street Journal.
Nearly 600 words were included in the letter to the editor sent from Palm Beach. It was published in its entirety by the Journal.
Trump wrote that “[The] election had been rigged” and then listed a number of claims to support the conspiracy theory. None of these were corrected by The Journal.
Haberman stated that he had found a way for himself to be platformed on CNN’s New Day. He’s not on Twitter. He’s not on many news programs. He has been, with the exception of Fox’s couple, relegated to OANN and other news programs. He found a way to make it public by writing a letter addressed to the editor.
John Berman, CNN anchor, noted that Journal reporters had debunked many of the claims in the letter.
Haberman agreed: “These are claims made by The Wall Street Journal’s journalists — and they’re very very good reporters in that newsroom — who have fact-checked them and have discussed the fact that they’re false. They are being done in such a way that, if an average reader had to write in, they wouldn’t be able to get the information in.
She said that Trump was very capable and has always been able to use news processes against media outlets. That’s what he is doing here.”
Haberman, perhaps the most insightful Trump-chronicler, pointed out that almost one year after the election, the letter pushing for rigged claims fits within a deliberate strategy to repeat.
She said, “One of his methods involves repetition.” He knows that he is doing it. Because he knows it will sink in at some point, he’ll repeat the same thing over and again. He does have a tendency to act as though he doesn’t know what he is doing. This is a common misconception.