THE PUBLIC EDITOR; Is The New York Times a Liberal Newspaper? By DANIEL OKRENT JULY 25, 2004
OF course it is. The fattest file on my hard drive is jammed with letters from the disappointed, the dismayed and the irate who find in this newspaper a liberal bias that infects not just political coverage but a range of issues from abortion to zoology to the appointment of an admitted Democrat to be its watchdog. (That would be me.) -Daniel Okrent
ONLY two of the 20-plus reporters who covered the presidential campaign for The New York Times were black. None were Latino or Asian.
That’s less diversity than you’ll find in Donald Trump’s cabinet thus far.
Of The Times’s newly named White House team, all six are white, as is most everyone in the Washington bureau. -Liz Spayd, NYT Public Editor
For starters, it’s important to accept that the New York Times has always — or at least for many decades — been a far more editor-driven, and self-conscious, publication than many of those with which it competes...
By and large, talented reporters scrambled to match stories with what internally was often called “the narrative.” We were occasionally asked to map a narrative for our various beats a year in advance, square the plan with editors, then generate stories that fit the pre-designated line. -Michael Cieply
“Exhibit A for the advantages of government provision [of healthcare] is the veterans administration, which runs its own hospitals and clinics, and provides some of the best-quality healthcare in America at far lower cost than the private sector." -Paul Krugman, Former Enron Advisor
Healthcare That Works
And the government has a particularly good record in medical care. Take the hospital system run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the largest integrated health system in the United States. It is fully government run, much more “socialized medicine” than is Canadian health care with its private doctors and hospitals. And the system for veterans is by all accounts one of the best-performing and most cost-effective elements in the American medical establishment. -Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times
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Government, Incompetence, Oops, Socialism, Healthcare
(CNN) -- A Missouri VA hospital is under fire because it may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.
Government, Incompetence, Oops, Socialism, Healthcare
More than 1.5 million medical orders were canceled by the Department of Veterans Affairs without any guarantee the patients received the treatment or tests they needed, the Washington Examiner has found... What happened to other 1.5 million appointments is something that no one, including top officials at the veterans’ agency, can answer.
Liberal, Incompetence, Financial, Funny, Oops, Press
After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million. That's a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse -- as does the fact the Times retains the Globe's pension liabilities, estimated at over $100 million.
Liberal, Character, Funny, Press
SHUCHMAN–Amos, of New York, on February 1, 2013. Beloved and caring husband of Alice Shuchman for 51 years, father of Daniel (Lori Lesser) and Nina (Brian Roth), grandfather of Jacob, Sarah, Aaron and Ariela. Born in Tel Aviv in 1928, fought bravely in the Haganah. Loved his family, his birth and adopted countries, finance, skiing, opera, ballet and biking in Central Park. Loved everything about NYC, except the New York Times. Services at Beth El Cemetery (Or Zarua section), Paramus, NJ, Sunday at 11am. Memorial contributions to a charity of your choice. His fearless heart still beats within all of us. Shalom, Saba.
Editorial, Character, Funny, Law, Constitution
Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas had an unkind comment for the New York Times Thursday. When asked by an attendee of his Roy R. and Virginia F. Ray Lecture at the University of Kentucky whether he reads the Gray Lady every day, the jurist marvelously replied, "Oh, God, no!"
Liberal, Press, Politics, Corruption
Journalism: Is the New York Times a news organization or a front for left-wing activists? Reporter Natasha Lennard was filmed leading an Occupy Wall Street panel, offering radicals tips on keeping their identities secret. Openly. In a video that appeared on BigGovernment.com, Lennard, a Times freelance reporter who was arrested with 700 other leftists for shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge this month, revealed herself to be within the actual leadership of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Press, Sexism
During Abramson’s tenure as managing editor, many women at the Times came to see her as their advocate. When women received promotions, Abramson often hosted a celebratory party for them. These events got to be so frequent, the European correspondent Suzanne Daley joked, “it almost became ‘Oh, G--, another party!’ I credit her with being the first woman to hit that level and actually bring other people along.” But the support that Abramson provides for women makes some men at the Times nervous. One male correspondent says, “She plays favorites, it is said. Especially for women.”
A Former Enron Advisor PrognosticatesIt really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover?
-Former Enron Advisor Paul Krugman, Nov 9, 2016
Liberal, Hate, Smears, Elitism, Stereotyping
New York Times columnist David Carr responds to Bill Maher implying Alabama and Kansas are not the "smart states." David Carr: "If it's Kansas, Missouri, no big deal. You know, that's the dance of the low-sloping foreheads. The middle places, right? [pause] Did I just say that aloud?"
NYT: People Of Color Shut Out Of Coveted Jobs...
At The Times, on the other hand, people of color seem shut out of all sorts of coveted jobs: the top digital strategists, the top managers, the precious ranks of cultural critics, the White House press corps, the opinion columnists, the national politics jobs — all are overwhelmingly white.
Environmentalist, Liberal, Incitement, Crazy, Demagoguery
And as I watched the deniers make their arguments, I couldn’t help thinking that I was watching a form of treason — treason against the planet. To fully appreciate the irresponsibility and immorality of climate-change denial, you need to know about the grim turn taken by the latest climate research. -Former Enron adviser Paul Krugman
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Press
The New York Times Company today abruptly announced that its 61-year-old chief executive officer, Janet Robinson... An SEC filing says Ms. Robinson will get $4.5 million plus health insurance... The Times itself reported that Ms. Robinson's pay in 2009 was $4.9 million, so she'll earn almost as much as a retired consultant as as a full-time CEO.
In a recent column about the Wisconsin governor, a conservative Republican, New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote that Walker had cut state aid to education, causing teacher layoffs in 2010. But Walker didn’t take office until 2011. Whoops. - Nick Gass
Environmentalist, Hypocrisy, Liberal
Thomas Friedman's huge mansion.
Liberal, Hate, Character
Mark Bittman, a New York Times food critic, admits he used an "inappropriate phrase" in an August 3 blog posting about Chick-Fil-A. In fact, it was down right Bitter, man, because he seemed to be rejoicing that a vice president of the fast food company had died of a heart attack back in July. Bittman apologized to his readers for the giddiness he displayed about the death of Chick-Fil-A's Vice President of Public Relations, Don Perry, who passed away on July 27.
Liberal, Hate, Press, Smears, Demagoguery, Lie, Ignorance
And there’s a huge contrast in the media. Listen to Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann, and you’ll hear a lot of caustic remarks and mockery aimed at Republicans. But you won’t hear jokes about shooting government officials or beheading a journalist at The Washington Post. Listen to Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly, and you will. -Former Enron adviser Paul Krugman
Liberal, Narrative, Oops, Press
Indeed, outgoing CEO Janet Robinson -- the unnamed executive-- will reportedly take home a $15 million exit package, according to Reuters. Times staffers with stock options have seen the share price drop from over $35 at the beginning of Robinson's tenure in 2003 to less than $8 at opening on Tuesday.
One reader from California who asked not to be named believes Times reporters and editors are trying to sway public opinion toward their own beliefs. “I never thought I’d see the day when I, as a liberal, would start getting so frustrated with the one-sided reporting that I would start hopping over to the Fox News webpage to read an article and get the rest of the story that the NYT refused to publish,” she says. -Liz Spayd, NYT Public Editor
Liberal, Hate, Press, Tolerance
"Let me just tell you this Mitt 'Muddle Mouth': I'm a single parent and my kids are *amazing*! Stick that in your magic underwear. #CNNdebate"
Liberal, Press, Religion
Former investigative reporter Jill Abramson will become the first female executive editor in the nearly 160-year history of The New York Times in September, the newspaper announced on Thursday. "In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion. If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth," Abramson, a native New Yorker, said
Liberal, Violence, Character, Press, AntiAmerican, Bigbrother, Communism
“Yup, I gotta confess, that now-famous picture of a U.S. marshal in Miami pointing an automatic weapon toward Donato Dalrymple and ordering him in the name of the U.S. government to turn over Elian Gonzalez warmed my heart.” -Thomas Friedman
Liberal, Character, Press
Local left-wing activist Jordan Flaherty led a demonstration last summer celebrating the convictions of five New Orleans police officers in the shooting of unarmed civilians on the Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina... Last week, Flaherty helped to cover the sentencing of the five officers as a reporter for The New York Times. He was credited as a contributor to the newspaper's report.
In another round of fake news, the New York Times on Tuesday quoted from a bogus Twitter account purporting to be from Mike Flynn, the general who resigned on Monday night as National Security Adviser.
In an article, the Times used a quote from “@GenMikeFlynn” asserting, “But if a scapegoat is what's needed for this Administration to continue to take this great nation forward, I am proud to do my duty.” This is a fake quote from a fake Twitter account. -Scott Whitlock
Liberal, Hate, Racism, Press, Smears, Stereotyping
So what do Tea Partiers have in common? They are overwhelmingly white, but even compared to other white Republicans, they had a low regard for immigrants and blacks long before Barack Obama was president, and they still do.
Liberal, Funny, Narrative, Press
Despite winning three Pulitzer Prizes, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman bombed on Jeopardy! Friday. By the end of the show, he had amassed a pitiful $1,000 placing him third behind CNN’s Anderson Cooper and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell.
Liberal, Press, Bias
When The Times covers a national presidential campaign, I have found that the lead editors and reporters are disciplined about enforcing fairness and balance, and usually succeed in doing so. Across the paper’s many departments, though, so many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism — for lack of a better term — that this worldview virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times. As a result, developments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage seem almost to erupt in The Times, overloved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects. -Arthur Brisbane, New York Times Public Editor
Once, in the Los Angeles bureau, I listened to a visiting National staff reporter tell a contact, more or less: “My editor needs someone to say such-and-such, could you say that?”
Liberal, Press, Bias
OF course it is. The fattest file on my hard drive is jammed with letters from the disappointed, the dismayed and the irate who find in this newspaper a liberal bias that infects not just political coverage but a range of issues from abortion to zoology to the appointment of an admitted Democrat to be its watchdog... These are the social issues: gay rights, gun control, abortion and environmental regulation, among others. And if you think The Times plays it down the middle on any of them, you've been reading the paper with your eyes closed. -Daniel Okrent, New York Times Public Editor
In an article chiding Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson for “a surprising lack of foreign policy knowledge” in admitting to not being familiar with the Syrian city of Aleppo, The New York Times was forced to issue two separate corrections after misidentifying the city as both the political capital of Syria and the capital of the Islamic State. Aleppo, while a pivotal outpost in the Syrian civil war, is neither. -Breitbart News
Hypocrisy, Editorial, Liberal, Union, Character, Financial, Oops, Press, Greed
I wandered down to the New York Times building in Manhattan this afternoon to watch the walkout, and I spoke to a union representative. I asked him whether he was concerned by the gap between the Times’s treatment of its unionized staff, and the pro-union rhetoric of the paper’s editorial board. He told me, “We have a problem with that. We’ve realized that what we’ve said in the New York Times editorial pages is not what is being followed…they fly in the face of their own editorial board…it’s just money.”
Liberal, Hate, Character, Racism, Narrative, Oops, Press, Tolerance, Diversity
Incoming South Carolina senator Tim Scott told Fox News that a New York Times op-ed that called him a “token” of the Republican Party should not be taken seriously. “I thought it was funny actually,” Scott told Fox News Thursday. “You can’t take that editorial seriously if you understand the record that South Carolina has had and the record of achievement that I have been fortunate enough to have in public office.”
Liberal, Guns, Brilliance, Oops
Mr. LaPierre offered no support for any of the proposals made in the last week, like banning assault rifles or limiting high-capacity ammunition...
Liberal, Incompetence, Funny, Brilliance, Oops, Press, Religion, Ignorance
Easter is the celebration of the resurrection into heaven of Jesus, three days after he was crucified, the premise for the Christian belief in an everlasting life. -New York Times, "Pope Calls for ‘Peace in All the World’ in First Easter Message."
Howard Kurtz has accused the New York Times of a “reckless move” in identifying the street on which Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson resides. “Journalism is full of close calls. This is not one of them. The Times should apologize,” writes Kurtz.
Character, Racism, Oops, Press, Immigration
WASHINGTON, April 10 (AP)--The Border Patrol's crackdown on Mexican wetbacks has reduced crime and disease rates and demands for public welfare funds in United States communities along the Mexican border, it was disclosed today. -New York Times, April 11, 1955
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Financial, Greed, Jobs
The New York Times invites ambitious, motivated graduate students in journalism to apply for semester-long internships on one of our news desks... Salary: Unpaid
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Financial, Oops, Press, Feminism, Sexism, Jobs
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the firing of executive editor Jill Abramson is a “perfect example” of why the Senate should address pay disparity between men and women. Reid said he saw reporting by the New Yorker that Abramson was ousted after she confronted the paper’s senior leadership about receiving less in pay and pension benefits than her predecessor, Bill Keller. She also received less money as managing editor than a male colleague who served as deputy managing editor, according to the New Yorker.
Liberal, Hate, Character, Press, Smears
Today Dean Baquet called a U.S.C. professor an “asshole” on Facebook after that professor criticized Baquet’s decision, as executive editor of The New York Times, not to publish any of the Charlie Habdo cartoons depicting Mohammad... The professor in question is Marc Cooper, who teaches at U.S.C.’s Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism in Los Angeles.
I was also told by another friend of Abramson’s that the pay gap with Keller was only closed after she complained. But, to women at an institution that was once sued by its female employees for discriminatory practices, the question brings up ugly memories. -Ken Auletta
Liberal, Hate, Character, Racism, Press
The New York Times did an analysis of opponents of the nuclear deal today, taking a highlighter to the Jews even though more Jewish members than not back the president. “Though more Jewish members of Congress support the deal than oppose it, the Democrats against the deal are more likely to be Jewish or represent Jewish constituencies,” the brief article states.
Liberal, Hate, Character, Press, Media, Bias
A New York Times staffer tweeted out “F*ck you Jeb Bush” Tuesday, before quickly deleting the tweet. The Blaze’s Oliver Darcy drew attention to Philip B. Richardson‘s tweet, and screen-capped it once the Times writer tried to delete it.
Liberal, Character, Sex, Degeneracy, Abortion
The New York Times has some advice for parents considering what costume their preteen girls should wear this Halloween: Go “sexy.”
For the Times, columnist Leora Tanenbaum, a senior writer and editor for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, tells parents that if their little girls want to play “sexy cat,” then they should let them don the whiskers, fishnet stockings, and skimpy leotards. Or, Tanenbaum helpfully writes, let your little angel be a “Sexy police officer. Sexy nurse. Sexy angel. Sexy devil.”
Liberal, Character, Press, Corruption
Politico’s Glenn Thrush, who was exposed in WikiLeaks emails sending stories to Hillary Clinton staffers before publication, will be joining the New York Times to cover the White House, The Huffington Post reported Monday...
“No worries Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u,” Thrush wrote to Podesta in an April 2015 email. “Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this Tell me if I fucked up anything.”
Liberal, Hate, Character, Misogyny, Oops, Press, Smears, Trump
The New York Times reporter that referred to First Lady Melania Trump as "a hooker" has apologized. "I want to take ownership of a mistake I made," New York Times features writer Jacob Bernstein said on Twitter. "Speaking at a party in what I thought was a personal conversation, I nevertheless made a stupid remark about the first lady."