The Fall of the New York Times
23 November 2016 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
It used to be interested in "all the news that was fit to print." Now it cherry picks the news it thinks its bi-coastal blue elite will like and peddles it in a soft, kindly and smug tone that screams of arrogance. It is really no longer an aggressive news team that pushes into the corners and gets us thinking. It is frighteningly predictable in what and how it covers the news.
TheHill,com is eating into the NYTimes.com former domain with rapidity, with concise and matter-of-fact news coverage, but so far, being based in Washington, lacks the international reach yet of the NYTimes.com. Whether that will develop remains to be seen, but theHill.com is changing and developing quickly.
The NYTimes.com has gone soft and political. Its editorials tend to be hack jobs and oh so predictable, and of course, like HuffPo and other liberal media, it is having a hissy fit over Trump. Today's headlines for the Times are --
"Trump Turns Staid Cabinet Process Into Spectacle
"Alt-Right Exults in Election With Salute of 'Heil Victory'
Indian Business Partners Hope to Exploit Trump Ties
"Many in Milwaukee Neighborhood Didn't Vote -- And Don't Regret It
"Let's Say Obamacare Is Repealed. What Then?
"Critic's Notebook: 'Hamilton' Duel: Addressing the President-Elect on His Own Blunt Terms
"How Fake News Goes Viral: A Case Study
"Reince Priebus, Normalizer in Chief: As Mr. Trump's new chief of staff, the lifelong G.O.P. loyalist will have to guide an outsider president and his band of radicals through a city they've pledged to upend."
And then these are today's New York Times editorials:
"Blow: Making America White Again
"Krugman: Build He Won't
"A Retreat From TPP Would Empower China
"On Campus: A Dreamer's Deportation Nightmare
"Op-Ed: Voting Rights in the Age of Trump"
TheHill.com has picked up and commented on the Times' anti-Trump bias which, contrary to John Oakes' thinking on separating news from editorial comment -- long a mainstay of the Times' presentational news craftmanship -- is now out the window. Oakes was the influential former editorial page editor of the Times who successfully argued news had to be separated from editorial comment for the sake of objectivity in news coverage. We can see how the Times fails now. Everything now is liberal editorial, explicitly or not.
The Times has gone soft and political, while pandering to its blue bi-coastal elites and is, I think, a shadow of its former self. It wants to be a liberal player instead of a real news organization.