A county commission is on record booting the venerable New York Times from its public library – and causing heartburn in thousands of newsrooms.
A print version of the “Gray Lady” is offered at all four public libraries in Citrus County, Florida, and a digital subscription was set to be approved when Commissioner Ron Kitchen shared his views about the famous – and famously liberal – publication.
“Do we really need to subscribe to The New York Times?” he asked fellow commissioners. “I'm going to be voting no on this. Fake news. I agree with President Trump.”
Trump, who is in a daily war with media outlets that hate him, routinely mocks reporters for their biased reporting and calls their employers “fake news" for their ongoing effort to derail his predidency.
Doing its part to take on Trump, The New York Times published claims of “Russian collusion” the very first day of Trump’s presidency in 2017 only to witness that claim fall apart - hence cries of "fake news" from the target.
Two months ago, the Times admitted in a correction that a supposed assault victim of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t recall being assaulted. The Times was promoting a book written by two of its reporters.
“I call for the Resignation of everybody at The New York Times involved in the Kavanaugh SMEAR story,” Trump commented via Twitter, “and while you’re at it, the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax, which is just as phony!
After Commission Kitchen questioned the budget item, a second commissioner spoke up and commented on the cost to taxpayers: a whopping $2,700 to view the Times online, when the county is already paying approximately $3,000 annually for the print subscriptions.
Following a brief discussion in which the other commissioners seemed to agree, the motion and second were withdrawn and the Times lost $2,700 from the taxpaying-citizens of Citrus County.