In 1932, Duranty received a Pulitzer Prize for a series of reports about the Soviet Union, eleven of which were published in June 1931. He was criticized for his subsequent denial of, and thereby exacerbation of, widespread famine (1932–1933) in the USSR, most particularly the famine in Ukraine. Years later, there continue to be calls to revoke his Pulitzer. In 1990, The New York Times, which had submitted his works for the prize in 1932, wrote that his later articles denying the famine constituted “some of the worst reporting to appear in this newspaper”.
With that record it is not surprising to see how they reported the achievements of the Trump Presidency.
As with so many other cultural trends, the fountainhead of this abuse was the Times’ editorial pages—from which it easily flowed into the news sections. From there the practice oozed first into opinion segments and then into the news segments of CNN, MSNBC, TV network news, and the Washington Post—until it became standard fare for what we call the mainstream media.
The most important economic policy change of the Trump administration was the Republican tax reform, passed in early 2017. What did Trump and the Republicans say was its purpose? You would never learn that from reading the Times’ editorial pages. Why did President Obama favor some of the same reforms? You would never learn that either.