November 13, 2016

That didn’t take long.

Less than a week after the election, President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday took up his ongoing crusade against journalists with a trio of tweets aimed at The New York Times:

Trump was referencing a letter to readers from New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger pledging the newspaper would cover Trump fairly during his White House tenure. The letter did not include an apology.

The broadside against The New York Times comes days after a tweet from Trump saying that protests in the wake of the election were “incited by the media.”

In the early-morning hours after Election Day, Trump gave a victory speech defined by gentler rhetoric than he deployed on the campaign trail, fueling hopes that his presidency would be marked by fewer public outbursts against the press and political rivals than his candidacy. These tweets, Trump’s first public remarks on the media since the election, represent a return to his media-bashing ways.

Trump’s anti-press rhetoric reached such heights during the campaign that the Committee to Protect Journalists branded him “an unprecedented threat to the rights of journalists.”

The New York Times on Sunday responded to Trump’s claim that the newspaper is losing “thousands” of subscribers, telling CNN’s Brian Stelter that the Times has seen “a surge” in digital subscriptions since the election.

A New York Times spokesperson told Politico that The New York Times has added “six times the normal number of net new digital subscriptions since Election Day.”

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Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism…
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