The New York Times leaked off-the-record conversation with Donald Trump in January recently to Buzzfeed. Buzzfeed’s editor in chief Ben Smith wrote this week that Mr. Trump reportedly told the NY Times that his extreme position on deporting immigrants was fluid and developing.
Senator Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio lashed out at Trump and immediately demanded that Donald Trump order the release of the off-the-record conversation.
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On Thursday the Times reported that there’s nothing in the Trump tapes.
The Washington Examiner reported:
New York Times opinion page editor Andrew Rosenthal insisted Wednesday that his newspaper is not covering up a big story by refusing to release an off-the-record portion of its interview with Donald Trump.
In a Wednesday blog post, Rosenthal told Times public editor Margaret Sullivan that portions of the meeting were meant to be “off the record. But he acknowledged that a recording of the board’s talk with Trump was shared with other reporters at the Times, which may have resulted in some details being leaked to the public that were intended to be kept private.
He said, however, that the Times is not covering up any information related to the presidential campaign that would be crucial to the public’s knowledge.
“These [editorial board] sessions are not about news gathering for stories,” Rosenthal said.
NYTimes says there is NOTHING IMPORTANT in the Trump Tapes!https://t.co/LCWW5toOeY
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) March 4, 2016