Recode’s health reporters are not immune to political bias.
Posted On August 4, 2021
In the early days of the Trump administration, Recode was a bastion of neutrality.
The site was never shy about reporting the news in a neutral manner, despite some of its editors being staunchly anti-Trump.
Now, its journalists are under the microscope for reporting the Trump era in a way that is consistent with the president’s stated policy goals.
In January, Recodes reported on a Trump administration effort to privatize Medicare, which is an important policy issue that has divided the public.
The website reported that the administration was trying to privatizer the health care program and that it would cut payments to hospitals and providers.
The Trump administration has not yet confirmed or denied the report.
In the same article, Recoding reported that a group of conservative news sites were pushing back against the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to Medicaid.
The conservative sites argued that the cuts would hurt low-income Americans.
The White House and conservative news outlets did not immediately respond to Recode inquiries.
Recode’s chief executive officer and senior editor of its health coverage, Peter Kafka, is also one of the reporters whose jobs have been threatened by the Trump presidency.
Kafka, who previously covered the Trump transition and has been the site’s national political editor since March, was on the cover of the May edition of Vanity Fair, a publication with a reputation for covering the highest-profile political stories in the U.S.
He has been at the center of several controversies, including his reporting on former President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban.
He has also criticized the Trump White House for failing to explain the president-elect’s decision to cancel a meeting with top executives from Apple, Google, and Twitter.
In a recent interview with Recode, Kafka told the site that he has received threats for speaking out about his work and that the threats were motivated by Trump’s anti-government agenda.
“I’ve gotten death threats,” he said.
“I’ve had people threatening to kill me and their families if I did something that they disagree with.”
Kafka has not been immune from Trump-related backlash.
In March, he wrote an op-ed for The Hill arguing that “Trump’s presidency is not over,” calling it a “national emergency.”
He continued to cover the administration for Recode throughout the presidential transition.
In November, he was the first Recode reporter to appear on a Fox News Channel broadcast that featured Trump, as he appeared to take questions about his executive order restricting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.
The network later removed the appearance.
Recoding has also been the target of other criticism from the Trump campaign, which has labeled it a tool of the Democratic Party.
In February, the company announced that it was pulling all of its videos from the campaign’s Facebook page.
The company also severed ties with the Trump Organization after the president criticized its decision to move its headquarters from New York City to D.C.