Saturday, June 22, 2019

Treason, Trump, and the Times

Editorial of The New York Sun | June 20, 2019

Congratulations are in order for the publisher of the New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, who has finally landed an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal. He's moving on up. And with an important piece about how irresponsible it is for President Trump to issue a tweet accusing the Times of committing, in the course of exposing our cyber attacks on Russia's electrical grid, "virtual treason."

Our own view is that, given the temper of the times (and, for that matter, the Times), Mr. Sulzberger has missed part of the story. The President seems to have chosen his words carefully. When he tweets about “virtual” treason, he seems to be using the word “virtual” in the sense that it is defined in Webster’s classic Second International Unabridged — “being in essence or effect, but not in fact.”

After all, if Mr. Trump reckoned the Times had committed “actual” treason, he would have already sicced the FBI on the Gray Lady. Instead, all the President did was hyperventilate on Twitter — which is no worse than what, say, the Times’ own headline writers did when they put over a Charles Blow column the headline “Trump, Treasonous Traitor.”...........Continue Reading

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