FACT Checking Trump’s Blatant Lie About the Boston Globe
As 350 newspapers in America ran editorials today condemning President Trump’s constant attack on the Free Press, instead of turning down the heat, Trump has elected to go on an all-out media attack this morning.
“The Boston Globe, which was sold to the the Failing New York Times for 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS (plus 800 million dollars in losses & investment), or 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS, was then sold by the Times for 1 DOLLAR. Now the Globe is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press. PROVE IT!”
If the tweet sounds outlandishly false, that’s because it is. For a President who calls the media “Fake News” on an almost daily basis, he himself just reported a complete falsehood on his own Twitter account.
Part of his statement is true. The Boston Globe did in fact sell to the New York Times back in 1993. The selling price was $1.1 billion dollars, not $1.3 billion like Trump claims. However, the falsehoods don’t end there.
20 years later, in 2013, the New Times decided to sell the Boston Globe to Boston Red Sox’s owner John Henry for $70 million, not $1 like the president claims. This was a huge loss for the New York times, but it came two decades after the original purchase. A lot can happen in 20 years, but Trump seemingly was trying to create some sort of conspiracy theory based on the idea that the Times mysteriously took a “$2.1 billion” loss for apparently no reason.
One thing is correct in Trump’s tweet though. “The Globe is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press.” That’s what newspapers do! They publish news of the day as a “Free Press.”
Perhaps this is an attempt by Trump to normalize the word “COLLUSION” while also continuing his blatant lies directed at attacking the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Freedom of Speech, and the Free Press.