The Times article devotes its first three paragraphs to the “disappointed” voters. And here’s how it presents a challenge to Amash.
“How can you become a Democrat when we voted you in as a Republican?” asked Ms. Luke, a 57-year-old from Grand Rapids, as boos, hisses and heckles rumbled through the crowd on Tuesday at his first town hall-style meeting since publicly declaring that President Trump’s behavior had reached the “threshold of impeachment.”
The same voters get a mention in the CNN article, but … you might not recognize them.
Attendees even booed and heckled a woman in a Make America Great Again hat who defended Trump, prompting Amash to step in. "Let's be respectful," he urged the crowd.
The article from The New York Times clearly implies that Amash got a cold reception and was the subject of “boos, hisses, and heckles.” The CNN article shows an Amash who gets a powerful greeting, with the objections being to the woman who speaks against him.
Here are that actual person, her actual statements, and what actually happened in the room.
What genuinely happened is that the woman rose, Amash insisted that she be respected, and she proceeded to talk about Hillary Clinton and Robert Mueller trying to launch a “silent coup” and the horror of dealing with bureaucrats. Her statements were so out in far, far Trump field that she, not Amash, attracted a lot of shouts, boos, and just plain old moans.
What’s interesting is that The New York Times decided to edit past everything else the woman said about “coups” and the “deep state” and pull up a single sentence to make it seem that her statement was reasonable. And, of everyone who spoke, it went to this woman. And, when everyone there was clearly expressing their impatience with her rambling diatribe, the Times made it sound as if the complaints were aimed at Amash.
The one thing the party of Donald Trump cannot tolerate is a conscience. Someone with even the slightest glimmer of principles could not possibly go along with a raging bully whose every action begins in hate, and whose “strategy” is that his every notion deserves unquestioned support. Fortunately for Trump, that hasn’t really been an issue. Republicans don’t believe in tariffs? They do now! Supporting dictators in Russia, North Korea, Saudi Arabia? They’re all in. In the era of Trump, Republicans have demonstrated that every principle they ever claimed was no more than a temporary tattoo, easily washed off when the time came to get in line.
On almost every matter of any import, Justin Amash is wrong. He’s wrong on taxes, on fiscal policy, on social services, and on the basic function of government. But that he’s willing to stick to his principles when everyone around him is falling in line is admirable.
What’s less admirable is the coverage. The Times’ description of the town hall was a massive distortion of what actually happened, one that abbreviated and slanted events toward Trump. Has The New York Times been taking journalism lessons from William Barr?