March 28, 2017 Last Updated 2:16 pm

President does it again, repeats NYPost columnist’s claim, then calls NYT dishonest once again

Newspapers now have a problem, where to put its media stories when they are also political stories, under Opinion, or in the media business section, sometimes in both places

This morning’s news brief almost include a mention of the silly column by John Crudele leading the NY Post’s Media section. What it is doing there is odd as the column is really an opinion piece – and oh what an opinion piece.

Crudele, you see, has reassessed his decision to cancel his subscription to The New York Times, but decides that he made the right decision six months ago. The NYT, you see, is dishonest.

The problem, as Crudele sees it, is that he has a source which is telling him that the NSA has been spying on Donald Trump’s campaign, but the NYT keeps repeating the FBI director’s claim that there was no surveillance. Who are you going to believe, the FBI director, or Crudele’s unnamed source? (He has a source!)

“My source, for what it’s worth, thinks the NSA probably had surveillance on all of Trump’s campaign correspondences and that’s where the Times’ story came from. In time, all of this will likely dribble out,” Crudele says.

“And that already started when California House Republican Devin Nunes, head of the House Intelligence Committee, last week lapdogged his way over to the White House to tell his master that he had seen documents that alleged that there was surveillance.”

Crudele also claims that the Clinton campaign “had lots of Russian contacts” – though I am sure what he is referring to are the official, out in the open, contacts that Clinton and others made as part of their State Department duties. But maybe not, maybe he has a source there, too.

Crudele ends by saying “the Democrats are walking into a trap. This is the same trap that already has the Times and most of the other so-called mainstream media ensnared.”

This columnist, you might remember, is the same guy who ran the loopy story claiming that the Census Bureau rigged unemployment for President Obama. That story led to Trump saying that the unemployment rate is underreported and that “he had heard” it could be 42 percent, a claim that many rightly laughed at.

Now you might have thought that Trump would have learned not to ever repeat anything Crudele writes, right?

Of course, the president would tweet the story – not once, but twice, once from his personal account and again from the POTUS account.

Let’s face it, all media is now politics. This column ran in the Media section, but two of the top Opinion columns today are about the media: one talks about Breitbart News being “denied” Capitol Hill press credentials (something even Breitbart even denies, they say they need to submit more information), and another on the episode yesterday where Ted Koppel answered Sean Hannity’s question about whether the veteran newsman thought Fox News was “bad for America?” (His answer was “Yeah”.)

As I’ve written before, and doubtless will again, when one part of government is actively working to put parts of the media industry out of business, it is hard to not to talk politics. The NY Post certainly had a problem today, where to put three media stories, all about politics. The Post is, of course, Murdoch’s tabloid in NYC – with far less reach and influence in US politics than his UK tabloid The Sun. Much of the focus has shifted to The Wall Street Journal, but the financial newspapers is still fighting to play it straight, at least on its news pages, something the Post is certainly not expected to do.

Still, while the National Enquirer has decided to feature Trump on its cover most weeks, the Post is a daily, and one that needs to sell papers in NYC’s competitive media market. Because of this, most days it goes with celebrity news. It has, in fact, switched places with the NatEnq. It will be interesting to see which approach leads to better newsstand sales.

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