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Ed Driscoll

Wait, Who Trusted Them Before This?

May 19th, 2014 - 1:14 pm

“Can We Trust The New York Times After the Abramson Debacle?”, asks Joe Concha, who is described by the Daily Beast as “a media and pop-culture analyst who regularly appears on CNN and Fox News. He’s written for Mediaite, FoxSports.com, NBCSports.com and The New York Times.” Regarding that last source, Concha writes:

If you believe Abramson’s account, The New York Times has advocated equal pay with 90 stories in three years but did not extend that courtesy to its most powerful employee.

If the Times or Abramson, or both, is fibbing here, the credibility of the newspaper of record is now suspect. The Times may never be able to do another story on equal pay—no matter how the Abramson saga shakes out—without enduring a public execution from the social media mob for even daring to go there. If another high-profile female executive is suddenly terminated, the Times’ reporting of that story may be met with cynicism based on the way it handled the Abramson episode.

If we don’t trust what The New York Times says about itself, can we believe what it says about the rest of the world it reports on?

“A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there’s less of you,” the great (albeit relatively unknown) essayist Margaret Atwood wrote.

In this breakup, it’s just another sad case of he said, she said, with The New York Times as the punchline—coming out less than it was before.

And in the process, there’s also less trust in a once-great newspaper from readers who thought the Grey Lady was above this sort of thing.

In 1992, New York Magazine reported that Pinch Sulzberger “told a crowd of people that alienating older white male readers means ‘we’re doing something right.’”

In 1999, the New Yorker reported the infamous story regarding Sulzberger as a young man telling his father — a former Marine who served in World War II — that given a choice between American and NVA causalities in Vietnam, “I would want to see the American get shot. It’s the other guy’s country; we shouldn’t be there.”

In 2001, Howell Raines, then editor of the New York Times, admitted, in a classic Freudian slip, that sex and skin color trumped the quality of the Times’ product:

In a speech before the National Association of Black Journalists in 2001, Raines specifically cited [Jayson] Blair as his star example of a hiring campaign that “has made our staff better and, more importantly, more diverse.”

From 2001 until mid-2003, the Times ran nearly 100 stories on the Augusta National Golf Club, flooding the zone, Saul Alinksy-style, with the vital national goal of making a golf course go co-ed. This despite other minor stories in the news such as 9/11, and American troops entering Afghanistan and Iraq in the opening stages of the Global War on Terror.

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, the Times published a fawning piece on former Weatherman Bill Ayers and his bombing of the Pentagon. The following year, the Times published a fawning piece on Chesa Boudin, the son of David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin, also members of the Weather Underground, who was raised by Ayers after his parents did time in prison for a 1981 robbery of a Brinks armored car that left a guard and two policemen dead.

In 2003, Jayson Blair resigned as a reporter at the Times, “when it was learned that he had recently plagiarized from an article that had originally appeared in the San Antonio Express-News. A subsequent investigation led by Times editors, staffers, and external reporters found that 36 of the 73 news stories attributed to Blair since October 2002 contained plagiarisms or lies.”

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Then there's the NYT's entire oeuvre on the Middle East, the same story day after day after year after year, which can be summed up in four words: Palestinians Good, Israel EEEEVVVIIIIIILLLL.
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All NYT staph are now required to sign an oath committing that they and their children are willing to wage jihad against America and Israel. Jill was able to commit herself, but had a problem signing on behalf of her children
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What am I going to wrap the fish with for Lent Season! Oh, well!
It is not the fact that the American newspapers drip the worse kind of Liberalism, papers all over the world are the same. What we really should be sad to see disappear is the power of the press as it should have been. Perhaps it was never there but it was a great concept at least, to have a group of citizens who were going to be almost a priesthood dedicated to expose the facts. Not even Franklin was that pure of a journalist, even the American Revolution began with a lot of propaganda passing as information but the idea was noble and good. What a shame that it has to end this way...
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"you simply haven’t been paying attention for the last 20 years — or both."


Twenty years?

Try sixty.


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As print journalism enters its Swan Song phase, the players within it seem to be eating each other alive. With the internet's plethora of conservative sites and Fox News leading the way, only the undereducated, regardless of worthless degrees, and those who benefit monetarily from liberal causes bother with The Post or The NYT. I find it delightful to see the cannibalism on The Left as they display their hypocrisy and vile nature for all to see.
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I'm not sure how seriously we are meant to take this Concha character either, given that he described Margaret Atwood as a 'relatively unknown essayist'. She's won the Booker Prize and the Arthur C. Clarke Prize, and had one of her novels turned into a major Hollywood film. I would have thought her brand of rather dour academic feminism would have been meat and drink to the sort of people who think the NYT still has a shred of credibility left.
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Miss Attwood does not reside on the Isle of Manhattan; thus she is 'relatively unknown', except when mentioned in the New York Times.

Cheers
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Some twenty or so years ago, an NYT reporter interviewed me for nearly half an hour for a human interest story. The specific story isn't very important, but this is: I spent that time telling the reporter how terrific I thought something was. When the article came out, she had used one sentence I uttered, taken completely out of context, to say the opposite of everything I had conveyed in the interview. I realized that I had been used as a prop for an article that was intended as a hit piece from its earliest conception. Before the article was published, I worshipped the NYT. After publication, I was much wiser.
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Rephrasing the question: Who Can We Trust? Anyone remember the glory days of 60 Minutes under Don Hewitt? Investigative journalism is dead. It's just too dangerous. Who can we trust? Not even the President of the United States. We can't trust our President to tell the truth. What does that say about us?
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If nobody with a functioning brain stem should trust them, why do we persist in calling them mainstream.

Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Clinton are not sexual predators engaged in a war on women...because they have Leftist Absolution.

The Daily Duranty is the paper of Marxistentialism. It exists not to inform but to indoctrinate.

Baldwin behavior is given a wide berth...he has anger management issues galore, but he's a Pajama Boy at heart.

Jill "the devil wears Pravda" can be as bitchy as she wants...but NEVER against the totalitarian home team.
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The NYT is much like Pravda (truth) and Izvestia (news) rolled into one. The Russians were fond of saying there is no pravda in Izvestia, and there is izvestia in Pravda.
You call it the MSM, I call it the VVM (the vile, venal media).
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I want to double my "like" on this comment!
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