It's no secret Donald Trump has a deep dislike of the press in this country—most especially the New York Times and CNN, who the President routinely calls out as "fake news." On Friday, Trump became even more enraged with the Times and with one of its reporters in particular—Ms. Maggie Haberman.
Haberman and the Times published a story on Friday title, "Michael Cohen said he would take a bullet for Trump. Maybe not anymore,"and it's a story he'd no doubt like to bury. Perhaps that's why he fired off a series of tweets with Haberman in his crosshairs, calling her "third rate."
There's just one problem: Haberman and her colleagues just won a Pulitzer Prize.
The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Haberman, known as a Crooked H flunkie who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will “flip.” They use....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018
....non-existent “sources” and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a fine person with a wonderful family. Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected. Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018
....it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018
The Times stood behind Haberman, her colleagues, and their excellent reporting:
We are extremely proud of @maggieNYT, who is a part of a team that just won a Pulitzer Prize. We stand by our story and our reporting. Here’s the link to the story by @maggieNYT, @SharonLNYT and @dannyhakim: https://t.co/fyKRwkstBy pic.twitter.com/SBylg2tbub— NYTimes Communications (@NYTimesPR) April 21, 2018
But someone should clue Trump in that in the internet age, it's not hard to dig up receipts...
To top it all off, he spelled Haberman's name wrong in the initial posts and then had to delete the entire three-tweet thread before reposting with the corrected spelling. But we're not done yet! It turns out proof isn't hard to find to dispute Trump's claims that he doesn't "...speak to and have nothing to do with" Haberman. According to the photographic evidence, Trump has indeed met Haberman on several occasions since entering the White House.
And folks on Twitter made some strong points:
"The failing (successful) New York Times and its third-rate (Pulitzer Prize-winning) reporter @maggieNYT who I don't speak to (except for all those recorded interviews and phone calls) want to destroy (report on) Michael Cohen in hopes that he will flip (they'll get the story)."— Edward Savio (@edwardsavio) April 21, 2018
While Donald Trump attacks Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Maggie Haberman....— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 21, 2018
I would once again like to thank Melania Trump on her amazing Anti- Cyberbullying campaign...
Amazing job FLOTUS.
.@maggieNYT Haberman having 1 of best runs in US journalism history:— Harvey G. Cohen (@CultrHack) April 21, 2018
Win Pulitzer 1 week, get insulted by Prez she investigated so effectively the next. Well done on all fronts, Ms Haberman! The insult might b better evidence concerning quality of your reporting than Pulitzer! pic.twitter.com/QLD5moNbnl
While everyone else flaunts Haberman's Pulitzer and disproves Trump's fabrications, Toni just has one question...