The New York Times announced that it has hired reporter Ken Bensinger for its politics desk and his job is to report on “right-wing media.” Bensinger was the reporter who brought the Steele dossier to BuzzFeed, which was released in Jan. 2017.
That, of course, was the now debunked opposition “research” that concluded that former President Donald Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The allegations were as serious as they were false. They built a narrative based on a shadowy former British intelligence official that Russia had compromising intel on Trump. Nearly every rule of journalism was broken when Bensinger presented the dossier and it was published.
The president-elect rightfully denied the “facts” presented, and eventually even the left-wing media had to grudgingly admit that the Steele dossier was riddled with errors. And, of course, completely unverifiable “gossip.”
The Times, of course, made a great show of presenting recent work by Bensinger, including pieces on the Oath Keepers and the alleged kidnapping plot of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. He is supposedly well versed in “the rising threat of armed militant groups.”
"The same unit running the FBI’s probe of Donald Trump and the search of Mar-a-Lago also conducted the botched Russia-collusion probe that used the discredited Steele dossier to go after Trump in 2017-18." https://t.co/rHJNvJLRSt
— OregonTeaParty (@OregonTeaParty) August 19, 2022
Exactly what is the connection the New York Times is making? Political violence is in the exclusive purview of conservatives?
The list is too lengthy to complete, but do the Black Lives Matter riots, countless assaults on police, attacks on Catholic churches, the attempted assassination of a sitting Supreme Court justice, and so many others not count?
Bensinger, who has already shown the ability to run with the most flimsy of evidence, has apparently done his penance and regained his stature with the left-wing media. Now he is taking a “beat” that includes covering conservative outlets that break from the rhetoric of the Times.
Part of the job description is to report on media outlets that “reject mainstream narratives and question the institutions that hold up our democracy.”
Putting his career resurrection aside, the arrogance of the job description alone is stunning. The “newspaper of record” hires a disgraced journalist to cover journalists who do not march in lockstep with itself. The question that begs asking is, who is watching the New York Times?