The New York Times was attacked by critics on Sunday for “biased” and “inaccurate” tweets about Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., moderating on voting rights and maintaining the filibuster.
In a tweet, the New York Times described Manchin’s position as opposed to efforts to combat voter repression and to restore ethical control in government.
“Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has said he will not vote on a far-reaching Democrat bill to combat voter repression and restore ethical control over the presidency, broken by Donald Trump,” the tweet said. The language of the tweet is almost identical to the first paragraph of the article, which critics say is worded from the left.
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Over the weekend, Manchin released a statement announcing his opposition to the Democrat-backed Voting Bill S.1 Human Rights Act and reiterating his opposition to the removal of the filibuster. The news is a blow to President Biden and Democrats, as any major legislation will need the support of 10 Republicans to overcome the filibuster.
Mark Hemingway, a senior writer at RealClearInvestigations, writes, “This title is animatedly biased and inaccurate.”
Republican sociologist Patrick Rufini posed the question “journalism or advocacy?”
Others argue that the New York Times is behaving like a democratic super PAC and that it is not doing well with Manchin’s decision.
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Democrats have a small majority in the House of Representatives and a 50 to 50 split in the Senate with Vice President Harris voting. Over the past few months, reporters have relentlessly asked Manchin and Senator Kirsten Cinema, Arizona, about their support for the senatorial filibuster. Progressives on Capitol Hill and in the media pressured the two senators to change their position.
Left-wing CNN hosts Don Limon and Chris Cuomo similarly criticized Manchin and Sinema during their broadcasts last week.