November 6, 2020

EVERGREEN HEADLINE: The New York Times Didn’t Learn Its Lesson.

We know now that the New York Times‘s letter to its readers in the wake of President Donald Trump’s surprise 2016 victory was a non-apology apology.

Blindsided by Trump’s surprise victory, the Times pledged to examine whether it had underestimated the depth and breadth of his support, and to rededicate itself to understanding and reflecting “all political perspectives and life experiences.”

As the kids say, LOL. The paper’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election was not only as misleading as it was four years ago, it was misleading in the same way, overstating the odds of Democrats everywhere thanks, at least in part, to a belief in race and gender as the defining features of American politics. Identity politics has come to define the New York Times, but the country isn’t so monolithic.

Frankly, I was expecting much bolder reforms after Tom Cotton owned the newspaper this summer.

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