Gray Lady Down

posted at 4:49 pm on February 27, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The New York Times marks another milestone on its journey to National Enquirer status. The Gray Lady’s smear piece on John McCain got 66% of Rasmussen respondents believing that the paper deliberately trying to kneecap the Republican frontrunner. Only 22% think that the paper had clean motives in publishing the unsubstantiated gossip:

The Times recently became enmeshed in controversy over an article published concerning John McCain. Sixty-five percent (65%) of the nation’s likely voters say they have followed that story at least somewhat closely.Of those who followed the story, 66% believe it was an attempt by the paper to hurt the McCain campaign. Just 22% believe the Times was simply reporting the news. Republicans, by an 87% to 9% margin, believe the paper was trying to hurt McCain’s chances of winning the White House. Democrats are evenly divided.

Let’s take a look at the crosstabs. Among age groups, a majority in each demographic believe that the NYT deliberately set out to damage McCain’s reputation. The youngest give Bill Keller and company the most credit, with 34% believing that the Times was just reporting the news, as opposed to 53% who believed that the paper aimed to smear McCain. No other age demographic has more than 23% who believe that the Times operated with pure motives, and two-thirds across all other ages believe that they acted out of malice.

It doesn’t get better in the other demographics, either. Whites, blacks, and “others” all strongly believe that Keller and his reporters acted maliciously. Sixty-nine percent of independents joined 40% of Democrats and 85% of Republicans in that belief. Only self-professed liberals believe that the Times used sound news judgment in running the piece; conservatives and moderates overwhelmingly blame bias and malice. And only liberals and 18-29 year olds view the Times more favorably than unfavorably.

The Times, under the management of Bill Keller and especially Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger, has reduced what had been the nation’s premiere newspaper to the credibility of a supermarket tabloid. People used to think conservatives overreacted to the attack memes of the Gray Lady. Now only liberals defend the paper — and only then by the barest of majorities.


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The MSM will have a little trouble giving McCain the standard Republican treatment. He’s been treated like a Democrat in the press for so long, it’s jarring to most people when they turn on him.

Asher on February 27, 2008 at 4:52 PM

The youngest give Bill Keller and company the most credit, with 34% believing that the Times was just reporting the news

The young as also the most uninformed, aren’t they? So this shouldn’t be surprising.

lorien1973 on February 27, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Heck even the National Enquirer has better articles, while I am standing in line waiting to pay for my items. Oh Well! Boo Hoo

upinak on February 27, 2008 at 4:54 PM

They’re all going to turn on McCain. He might’ve been the most liberal of the Republican candidates but he’s still a Republican.

hisfrogness on February 27, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Just waiting for the $1.05 trigger. That’ll be a day off from work, maybe some BBQ, and a whole lotta beer.

Limerick on February 27, 2008 at 4:57 PM

This is only the beginning NYT. We will take you down before this is all over. This Keller punk is living on borrowed time. They’ll probably fire him, then the Washington Post will hire him, and give him a fat raise and office with a view.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 27, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Its good to know that the majority of the people that responded to this poll aren’t complete idiots. Excluding the self-professed liberals that is.

blankminde on February 27, 2008 at 5:00 PM

The Lady is worth 2.5% less now then at the opening bell. Who said a down market was bad?

Limerick on February 27, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Looks like hiring Bill Kristal as a token didn’t work out too well, did it? They are just way too eager,…better to snipe from the shadows than come right out with it. Whatever happened to innuendo and the artfully raised eyebrow?

a capella on February 27, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Interesting piece in the WSJ today on the Times reluctantly accepting new board members who want to shake up the place. Big layoffs in the newsroom, stock tanking for years. No schadenfreude, just sheer freude.

JiangxiDad on February 27, 2008 at 5:07 PM

a capella on February 27, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Did Kristal have anything to say about his employer’s attack on his boy the Mav?

JiangxiDad on February 27, 2008 at 5:09 PM

The New York Times marks another grim milestone on its journey to National Enquirer status.

Please update your style book accordingly…

elgeneralisimo on February 27, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Just waiting for the $1.05 trigger. That’ll be a day off from work, maybe some BBQ, and a whole lotta beer.

Limerick on February 27, 2008 at 4:57 PM

You sold short, did you?

TexasDan on February 27, 2008 at 5:13 PM

TexasDan on February 27, 2008 at 5:13 PM

(Lim whistles, looks at the ceiling)

Limerick on February 27, 2008 at 5:14 PM

Just waiting for the $1.05 trigger. That’ll be a day off from work, maybe some BBQ, and a whole lotta beer.

Limerick on February 27, 2008 at 4:57 PM

de-list baby!

JiangxiDad on February 27, 2008 at 5:14 PM

Lil Artie Sulzburger Jr, publisher of the NYT, thinks what he believes is reality and the truth be damned. Liberalism is not what the facts are concerning the truth, but what you want the truth to be. Reality is in the eyes of the beholder.

volsense on February 27, 2008 at 5:14 PM

People let politicians or newspapers let them know how they feel by the money. Sell the stock, don’t by the paper, don’t donate to a party of politicians who lie to us.
L

letget on February 27, 2008 at 5:16 PM

I want popcorn while they twist in the wind…..

Techie on February 27, 2008 at 5:17 PM

(Lim whistles, looks at the ceiling)

Limerick on February 27, 2008 at 5:14 PM

I’m drinking to you, Lim! Well, later that is.

TexasDan on February 27, 2008 at 5:21 PM

Did Kristal have anything to say about his employer’s attack on his boy the Mav?

JiangxiDad on February 27, 2008 at 5:09 PM

I haven’t seen anything, and I’ve kinda been keeping my eye out. Wanted to see his public reaction.

a capella on February 27, 2008 at 5:23 PM

de-list baby!

JiangxiDad on February 27, 2008 at 5:14 PM

That’s what Pinchy wants so he can take it private. He’s been driving the price down and using profits to buy back shares on the cheap driving down the float. So, when it’s as low as he can get it, he’ll buyout the remaining shares and take it Private. It was all laid out by the Boston Herald Business Editor about 18 months or so ago.

TheBigOldDog on February 27, 2008 at 5:24 PM

TheBigOldDog on February 27, 2008 at 5:24 PM

I like the private part. That means repo trucks will, sooner or later, take some toys away.

Limerick on February 27, 2008 at 5:29 PM

TheBigOldDog on February 27, 2008 at 5:24 PM

yeah, I’m with Lim. Don’t really see how this is a winning strategy. Their main asset in the new headquarters building. Don’ think any other part of their business is profitable.

btw, WaPo not in much better shape. Their moneymaker is Kaplan’s test taking–otherwise don’t think they’re profitable either. Sun-Times de-listed the other day. It’s all looking good.

AmericanThinker.com has been running a series of articles about the newspaper business’ demise. Very interesting.

JiangxiDad on February 27, 2008 at 5:32 PM

That’s what Pinchy wants so he can take it private. He’s been driving the price down and using profits to buy back shares on the cheap driving down the float. So, when it’s as low as he can get it, he’ll buyout the remaining shares and take it Private. It was all laid out by the Boston Herald Business Editor about 18 months or so ago.

TheBigOldDog on February 27, 2008 at 5:24 PM

He’ll still end up with a handful of sinus drainage. He apparently doesn’t understand that thing about trying to regain lost credibility, does he? What else has he got to sell?

a capella on February 27, 2008 at 5:32 PM

What I’m confused about is the juxtaposition of the McCain endorsement by the NYT (January 25, 2008 Primary Choices: John McCain – New York Times) with the “hit piece” on February 21, 2008. That’s less than a month apart.

Are they (the NYT) saying they were completely unaware of the alleged “indiscretions” they hint at from eight years ago when they endorsed him? Even though, according to my understanding, TNR had been badgering them to report them for some time.

How do you endorse a candidate, then less than a month later publish suggestions of wrongdoing from eight years previous?

To paraphrase: “What did the NYT know and when did they know it?”

I would have researched this more at the Hot Air Archives but am getting a “Error 404 – Not Found” message whenever I click the ‘Previous Entries’

BadCubby on February 27, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Liking the posts you’re bring to the table.

benrand on February 27, 2008 at 5:40 PM

BadCubby on February 27, 2008 at 5:35 PM

This subject did come up awhile back. The endorsement, and subsequent attack, really exposed the attack for what it was…a hack job. McCain and the NYT discussed this matter several months ago. They knew all about the story when they endorsed him.

Limerick on February 27, 2008 at 5:42 PM

The MSM will have a little trouble giving McCain the standard Republican treatment. He’s been treated like a Democrat in the press for so long, it’s jarring to most people when they turn on him.
Asher on February 27, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Yeah, for like a week.

About a month after “endorsing” McCain, the NYT flagrantly bites him in the ass. Sure people are going to notice that. But by this November there will have been thousands of these stories, many of them even more idiotic than this one. And it’ll all congeal into that grey fuzzy cloud of “everybody seems to think so.”

That’s the way propaganda works. There’s nothing haphazard about any of this. People forget where and when they heard individual stories, but over time opinions get drilled into their brains just the same.

logis on February 27, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Is it my imagination or is the NYT starting to appear as a train speeding downhill without any air? Wonder how long it will be before the poor, common shareholders rise up and demand an “honest” return on their investment.

Sergeant Major on February 27, 2008 at 5:51 PM

I understand they are losing around 1 million subscribers per year – they may have to take the fishwrap to the internet to stay alive.

jimbo2008 on February 27, 2008 at 5:52 PM

Lil Artie Sulzburger Jr, publisher of the NYT, thinks what he believes is reality and the truth be damned. Liberalism is not what the facts are concerning the truth, but what you want the truth to be. Reality is in the eyes of the beholder.

volsense on February 27, 2008 at 5:14 PM

From now on whenever I think of the NYT I’ll think of Schultz,

Conservative Gunman on February 27, 2008 at 5:53 PM

The Paper of Record Irrelevance.

Hollowpoint on February 27, 2008 at 5:58 PM

Ship of fools.

SouthernGent on February 27, 2008 at 6:03 PM

I’m telling you folks, this story was not meant to sink the S.S. McCain. It’s the first of many pieces, from many different sources, that will weave the tapestry of McCain’s very long, very colorful past, bit by painful little bit. By November, the Marxist will be radiant by comparison.

spmat on February 27, 2008 at 6:07 PM

spmat is exactly right. This story was just the first strike. There are many, many more to come. John McCain has been in the public eye for far too long. There is no doubt in my mind that he has a closet full of skeletons that has yet to be opened.

Such an awful nominee for the GOP. Ugh.

HebrewToYou on February 27, 2008 at 6:30 PM

You guys are ignoring that 22% of surveyed admitted to being nutroots. I had no idea their population had swelled to that high of a number, very alarming results.

hkenshin on February 27, 2008 at 6:30 PM

Only self-professed liberals believe that the Times used sound news judgment in running the piece; conservatives and moderates overwhelmingly blame bias and malice.

They are left preaching to just their own choir and now some of those are leaving the church of lies.
That’s one thing about liberals, they’ll throw decency out the window for a opportunity to spread their hate.

leanright on February 27, 2008 at 6:57 PM

The young as also the most uninformed, aren’t they?

They’re also the least likely to spend $’s on a newspaper subscription or picking one up at a newsstand. Does your $4 go for a double mocha macciato or a Sunday Times?

SURVEY says!

tree hugging sister on February 27, 2008 at 7:20 PM

I’m young and I used to subscribe to the WSJ. Then they had to go and support “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” and lost all their conservative credibility. Enough with this “young people are the most informed” meme. It’s simplistic and naive.

HebrewToYou on February 27, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Enough with this “young people are the most informed” meme. It’s simplistic and naive.

This should read….least informed. Whoops.

HebrewToYou on February 27, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Hebrew ToYou

You are the exception. The youngest voters–18-24 yr olds–are the least informed. Unless you count knowing who’s on the cover of the Rolling Stone.
P.S. Rolling Stone is way to the left of the NYT, BTW.

jgapinoy on February 27, 2008 at 8:54 PM

Only reason I ID’d that picture was because I just saw a show about the Titanic on the History Channel. Well played, Ed… well played.

Vizzini on February 27, 2008 at 9:14 PM

The Times, under the management of Bill Keller and especially Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger, has reduced what had been the nation’s premiere newspaper to the credibility of a supermarket tabloid.

The Nation’s Premiere Newspaper? You mean the Washington Times?

bigbeas on February 27, 2008 at 10:06 PM