November 14, 2019

NY TIMES: Campus Protesters Complaining About Student Journalism May Have A Point.

Well, it’s the Times, where they take wagging the dog seriously:

If you keep your eye on media news, you know that The New York Times, the most important newspaper in America, has been roiled internally over whether or not a headline it published over a Trump story (about his post El Paso speech) exonerated the president from racism. The original headline read “Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism.” After a staff revolt, the headline was later changed to “Assailing Hate, But Not Guns”.

The paper’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, met with the staff about the headline, and the paper’s coverage of race. Slate published the transcript of a leaked recording. I encourage you to read it to get an idea of how the people who put out the most influential newspaper in the world think about this stuff. They go on and on and on, torturing Baquet over this one measly headline that accurately and neutrally described Trump’s speech.

As Glenn wrote on Monday: “‘Is this what students at the country’s most prestigious journalism school are learning these days? That self-censorship is the paper’s best practice if someone is offended by what’s happening in the world?’ Yes. That’s exactly what they’re learning there.” As Ambassador de Sadeski would say, their source was the New York Times.

Related: Journalists Against Free Speech. From fellow Insta-co-blogger John Tierney at City Journal.

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