On Tuesday, approximately an hour after President Trump took to Twitter to compare immigrants entering the United States to vermin, The New York Times issued a confounding statement. Although various people in the Trump administration, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, have voiced dissent about the policy, Miller had "no misgivings" about their decision to enforce the policy, the Times article stated.
"The Democratic Party is at grave risk of completely marginalizing itself from the American voters by continuing to lean into its absolutist anti-enforcement positions", Miller said in an interview with Breitbart News published on May 24.
The New York Times angered journalists and progressives by deciding not to publish the audio recording of an interview conducted with White House policy adviser Stephen Miller, citing confusion over its original ground rules.
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"White House officials objected, saying that they had not agreed to a podcast interview", the statement read.
Now, undocumented migrant adults are arrested and jailed, and their children are then classified as unaccompanied alien minors and taken away to separate facilities.
Instead, this morning's episode features a little explanation at the beginning from Davis, who said the Times had planned use the audio "until I heard from the White House earlier today that they were not at all comfortable with us using that audio".
The Times reinforced that the substance of the interview with Miller was used in the original story and on Tuesday's podcast episode, just not the audio. Moments like these expose the limits of transactional journalism.