Newt Gingrich laments ‘decline of The New York Times into a propaganda paper’

August 19, 2019

Newt Gingrich lamented on Sunday a new project in revisionist “propaganda” by The New York Times.

The nation’s former paper of record announced last week the launch of the 1619 project, which seeks to “reframe” all of American history, and everything that made America great, around slavery. The project proposes that American history begins with the introduction of the slave trade in 1619, not 1776, the national birthday celebrated by Americans for well over two centuries.

The Washington Examiner reported that Gingrich regretted the Times’ “tragic” decline into a leftist propaganda organ that is working to distort American history.

“If you saw the recent leaked interview, town hall meeting with The New York Times‘ editor, he basically said, look, we blew it on Russian collusion, didn’t work. Now we’re going to go to racism, that’s our new model. The next two years will be Trump and racism. This is a tragic decline of The New York Times into a propaganda paper worthy of Pravda or Izvestia in the Soviet Union,” Gingrich told Fox.

Anti-American propaganda machine

The 1619 project “aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”

While this might be a fashionable idea in the cloistered elite bubble of upper-middle-class white liberals in the academia-journalism-publishing complex, most Americans realize that this a ridiculous oversimplification of the truth.

“Yeah, the whole project is a lie,” Gingrich told Fox. “Look, I think slavery is a terrible thing. I think putting slavery in context is important. We still have slavery in places around the world today, so we recognize this is an ongoing story. I think certainly if you are an African American, slavery is at the center of what you see as the American experience. But, for most Americans, most of the time, there were a lot of other things going on.”

Liberals have responded to Gingrich’s criticism by pretending that conservatives want to ignore slavery. But no honest person would disagree that American slavery was a disgrace. The 1619 project goes much further than acknowledging that: it says that America and its history is nothing more than brutalizing oppression.

Distorting American history

The Times is launching an effort to rewrite American history — full stop. The message is plain: America was never great, and its founding, as we have come to understand it, is illegitimate. For his part, Gingrich cited one essay, titled, “America wasn’t a democracy, until Black Americans made it one,” which argues that the American Revolution was fought in part to protect slavery.

“There were several hundred thousand white Americans who died in the Civil War in order to free the slaves. The fact is that I saw one reference that The New York Times claims that the American Revolution was caused in part to defend slavery. That is such historically factually false nonsense that it’s embarrassing that The New York Times is doing this,” Gingrich said.

The Times‘ project is part of a wider leftist effort to discard and fundamentally transform the American republic. An assault on America’s founding is underway, in the halls of academia and from the studios and newsrooms of America’s most powerful media organizations.

Once innocuous symbols of American patriotism, like the Betsy Ross flag, are being redefined as racist signs; in California, a battle rages over whether to erase a mural of this nation’s father, George Washington.

That the nation’s most prestigious newspaper is involved in such an endeavor is disappointing, but not surprising. More than that, it is deeply troubling. If conservatives don’t commit to a program to counteract this war on American history and sovereignty, then someday, there won’t be any heritage left to defend.

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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.