NYT ombud: Trust us, we’re unbiased

posted at 9:21 am on April 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

With a tough presidential election on the horizon, media outlets relish the demand that the battle will bring for news and feature coverage.  In order to get those readers, though, the media outlets have to be perceived as reliable and trustworthy.  That brings us to a rather humorous column from the New York Times’ public editor — their version of an ombudsman — Arthur Brisbane, in which he addresses the disparity in scrutiny of Mitt Romney over the sitting President in recent Gray Lady coverage.  Brisbane criticized his paper four weeks ago for an over-the-top slam of an investment by the blind trust set up for Ann Romney, and apparently that’s part of his argument that the Times will provide fair coverage of the upcoming general election — despite the suck-up coverage given Barack Obama in his first term.

No … really:

According to a study by the media scholars Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, The Times’s coverage of the president’s first year in office was significantly more favorable than its first-year coverage of three predecessors who also brought a new party to power in the White House: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.

Writing for the periodical Politics & Policy, the authors were so struck by the findings that they wondered, “Did The Times, perhaps in response to the aggressive efforts by Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal to seize market share, decide to tilt more to the left than it had in the past?”

I strongly doubt that. Based on conversations with Times reporters and editors who cover the campaign and Washington, I think they see themselves as aggressive journalists who don’t play favorites. Still, a strong current of skepticism holds that the paper skews left. Unfortunately, this is exacerbated by collateral factors — for example, political views that creep into nonpolitical coverage.

To illustrate, Faye Farrington, a reader from Hollis, N.H., wrote me earlier this year in exasperation over a Sunday magazine article about “Downton Abbey,” the public television series, in which the writer slipped in a veiled complaint about Mitt Romney’s exploitation of the American tax code.

“The constant insertion of liberal politics into even the most politically irrelevant articles has already caused us to cancel our daily subscription,” Ms. Farrington wrote, “leaving only the Sunday delivery as I confess to an addiction to the Sunday crossword.”

The warm afterglow of Mr. Obama’s election, the collateral effects of liberal-minded feature writers — these can be overcome by hard-nosed, unbiased political reporting now.

Stop it — you’re killing me, Arthur!  Seriously, I can’t quite catch my breath from laughing out loud.  Brisbane gives us two of the most obvious cases of bias and says that this editorializing can be overcome by trusting the same people not to editorialize in news stories in the next six months.  One can imagine Lucy telling Charlie Brown much the same thing right before pulling the football away for the 50th year in a row.

The story on Ann Romney’s blind trust is one good data point that shows the problem doesn’t just lie with “liberal-minded feature writers.” By definition, a blind trust keeps the owner from making or even knowing of the financial decisions made by the trustees.  Ann Romney isn’t the candidate.  How, then, is this a news story in the presidential race?  Mitt Romney cut his ties to Bain in 1999, long before the company invested in the Chinese company in question.  Ann Romney’s blind trust has a “relatively small stake” in Bain Capital Asia fund in question, and she didn’t direct the purchase.  Furthermore, the trustees bought the stake before the fund invested in Uniview.  Does this tell us anything about Ann Romney, let alone Mitt Romney?  Of course not.  But the Times certainly didn’t mind tying both of them to Chinese surveillance.  Spooky!  Who gave that story the green light?  The editors, that’s who, not “liberal-minded feature writers.”

Here’s one data point omitted by Arthur Brisbane in his “trust us” missive: Vicki Iseman.  That was just one example of the NYT’s “hard-nosed, unbiased political reporting” in the 2008 election.  The Times endorsed John McCain in the Republican primary — much as they did today for Mitt Romney — and less than a fortnight later accused him of having had an affair with a lobbyist based on innuendo provided by a couple of disgruntled former low-level staffers.  The story was absurd, and the Times later tried to backpedal furiously from their insinuations by saying that the relationship was merely inappropriate and not necessarily sexual. The paper was roundly condemned for their yellow-journalism story, but I don’t see Brisbane discussing that in yesterday’s column.

The Times also went after McCain for his medical records in May, which he released as planned anyway.  What really went on in that incident?  The McCain campaign excluded them from a media pool during the release of the records, no doubt for payback on their Iseman smear.  The NYT then threatened to write negative editorials about his medical records if they were not added to the pool, which they did when the McCain campaign refused to knuckle under to their extortion threat.  The “hard-nosed, unbiased political reporting” that followed included two separate articles whining about their exclusion from the rather large pool at the McCain event.

So forgive us for laughing at you, Arthur.  You gave it the ol’ college try, but after watching the Times at work four years ago — and before and since then, too — we’re not about to trust the Gray Lady in 2012 to behave responsibly.

Update: Vinny Gambini said it best:


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Yes, the Lucy/Charlie Brown analogy is most apt.

Tim Zank on April 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

What Bribane is really saying is the lies and deceptions we present to force our ultra-liberal views on the public are not really lies and deceptions to us.

volsense on April 23, 2012 at 9:27 AM

The Grey Lady has been a whore of Team Obama since day one.

Credibility? A street walker has more than Pinch and Company. At least she’s honest about what she does.

GarandFan on April 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

warm afterglow of Mr. Obama’s election

I thought this was an article about Chris Matthews (post-tingles), for a second there.

OneVision on April 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

The NY times is a caricature of ‘news’.

tom daschle concerned on April 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

What are the odds in Vegas on who the Times is going to endorse for President? I have a spare $100,000 sitting around that I’d like to potentially turn into $100,001.

Red Cloud on April 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Does anyone actually believe in the New York Times anymore? They’ve always had a liberal bias, but at least during the days of Safire & Baker, you could expect they’d get most facts generally correct. Now, I trust them about as much as I trust NBC, i.e., not at all.

rbj on April 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

The comments over there are a blast.

Many of them brutal, others cheer leading for 0bama, and the paper. The employees there must not have been able to scrub all the bad comments and felt the need to put up a defense.

cozmo on April 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Yahoo News is currently running a news article titled, Media Favored Romney Over Obama.

Oh and it’s a repost of a Daily Beast article by Howard Kurtz.

*eyeroll*

Logus on April 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

My ol’ boss, Art Brisbane. He’s getting better. He can now carry water for the Left sans a lid on that bucket.

locomotivebreath1901 on April 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Ed – it’s always great to have comic relief on a Monday morning. Thank you for providing this side-splitter from the NYT.

OneVision on April 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I can’t wait for the NYT to demonstrate this unbiased and even handed reporting when they write their front page story about Romney having an unsubstantiated affair with Seamus.

NotCoach on April 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I don’t believe you either.

:)

Bob's Kid on April 23, 2012 at 9:34 AM

…and Stalin’s self-evaluation was that he was just too soft on his political enemies. THAT was his big problem.

RBMN on April 23, 2012 at 9:34 AM

“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.” -Mark Twain

http://www.quotesdaddy.com/quote/1392164/Mark+Twain/if-you-dont-read-the-newspaper-you-are-uninformed

zmdavid on April 23, 2012 at 9:34 AM

According to a study by the media scholars Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, The Times’s coverage of the president’s first year in office was significantly more favorable than its first-year coverage of three predecessors who also brought a new party to power in the White House: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.

Forget favorable or unfavorable. How about the $hit just out and out ignored.

msupertas on April 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

All The News That‘s Fits our viewpoint we decide to Print.

TugboatPhil on April 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Of note the phrase “trust us”

Hmm, you know how they say eff you at the Slimes??

“TRUST US”

ToddPA on April 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

NYT ombud: Trust us, we’re unbiased

Made my day!

Valkyriepundit on April 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

When you’re a news organization, and you’ve lost your credibility, what’s left?

bflat879 on April 23, 2012 at 9:37 AM

The Times’s coverage of the president’s first year in office was significantly more favorable than its first-year coverage of three predecessors who also brought a new party to power in the White House

 

You have to be a liberal hence the reason why you make so much sense on this topic.
 
Uppereastside on April 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

rogerb on April 23, 2012 at 9:37 AM

“The constant insertion of liberal politics into even the most politically irrelevant articles has already caused us to cancel our daily subscription.”

Congratulations to Ms. Farrington, wherever you are.

Dextrous on April 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I got a subscription ad from NYT last week at my home in Houston, Tx.

I sent them back instructions on how often and where they could place their pucked up lips.

gonnjos on April 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

The fun battle involving massive hypocrisy on Eighth Avenue right now is actually between The New York Times’ staffers and The New York Times’ leadership.

Of course it’s just a sideshow, since it’s liberals battling liberals and neither side will learn an iota from this. The Times’ journalists will simply pine for a publisher even more liberal than Pinch who would turn the paper into a worker-owned co-op, while Pinch and the others in the leadership will see nothing hypocritical about bashing their own union and denying them benefits because the paper can’t afford it, and their support for other private and public sector unions in battles against business and government that can’t afford those benefit demands, either.

jon1979 on April 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

So, if I as a news consumer see an article from the NY Times and I skip over it because I inherently believe it is full of bs, does said newspaper have a credibility problem?

jjjdad on April 23, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Good post.

And I hearby declare the “Lucy and the Football” analogy to have jumped the shark (which is in itself a phrase that has jumped the shark).

Uncledave on April 23, 2012 at 9:40 AM

NYT ombud: Trust us, we’re unbiased

Yea…. right…. and I am the King of Scotland… Hey NYTimes, as Bill Ingval would say… Here’s your sign…

The Fifth Column Treasonous Media starts to notice that they have fallen from Grace.

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Hey NYT, you’ve got to admit you have a problem before you can start to fix it.

Cicero43 on April 23, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Brisbane did mention the Iseman incident through comments by Kathleen Hall Jamieson: Among other things, she said, “Don’t play a sex scandal out when you don’t have any evidence,” a reference to The Times’s controversial 2008 article on John McCain’s relationship with a lobbyist. Too bad he couldn’t bring himself as “public editor” to weigh in on the Time’s editorial corruption in that case.

lorenzo on April 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

the writer slipped in a veiled complaint about Mitt Romney’s exploitation of the American tax code

Even in a piece claiming to be unbaised, Mr. Brisbane cannot resist the urge to take a potshot at a GOP candidate, using the time-honored liberal tactic of loosely “quoting” somebody else, so as to avoid responsibility for the use of the “quoted” words.

Mr. Brisbane just hung himself with his own rope. What a moron!

OneVision on April 23, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Oops – “umbaised” should have read “unbiased.”

OneVision on April 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Wikipedia on NYT circulation:

according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, . . . the Wall Street Journal at number one with 2,092,523 copies sold daily (up 0.5% from the previous year, . . .); . . . and The New York Times is third with a circulation of 951,063 (down 8.47% from the previous year).

Dextrous on April 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I don’t trust the New York Times to line my cat’s litter box anymore.

I don’t trust the New York Times to wrap my fish in anymore.

I don’t trust the New York Times to report on itself anymore.

I don’t trust the New York Times and I’m not alone.

ProfShadow on April 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM

When you’re a news organization, and you’ve lost your credibility, what’s left?

bflat879 on April 23, 2012 at 9:37 AM

The U.S. Department of Propaganda (Pravda West)? Wha? It was rhetorical? Sorry.

Oh dear, stocks are plummeting. To the bunker!

Fallon on April 23, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Based on conversations with Times reporters and editors who cover the campaign and Washington, I think they see themselves as aggressive journalists who don’t play favorites.

IOW, like most liberals, they’re completely delusional and totally oblivious to their own bias.

AZCoyote on April 23, 2012 at 9:49 AM

IOW, like most liberals, they’re completely delusional and totally oblivious to their own bias.

AZCoyote on April 23, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Yup, full fledged psychotic break from reality.

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

“Left-wing media bias is a myth perpetuated by Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation, Scott Walker, the Koch brothers, and other racists!” – Lefty

visions on April 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

When a 100+ year “institution” needs to qualify who and what they are… it’s the opposite.

I think liberals made a Deal with the Devil – and it expired November 6th 2008.

Odie1941 on April 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

And if bs and lies were money you wouldn’t be hanging by a thread…….fish wrap, puppy training paper and bird cage liner….no news here, move along

crosshugger on April 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

I can imagine the smug condescension of NYT editors reading these comments, assuring themselves that a bunch of gun-toting cousin-humping wingnuts can’t possibly have anything valid to say about their sacred product. In the meantime, their paper sheds credibility and readers like a mangy dog sheds hair.

The New York Times has richly earned its impending bankruptcy, and I intend to hoist a cold one to it when that happens.

Cicero43 on April 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

NYT ombud: Trust us, we’re unbiased
Made my day!

Valkyriepundit on April 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

…I think he want’s to be the next Press Secretary for the White House.

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

The New York Times has richly earned its impending bankruptcy, and I intend to hoist a cold one to it when that happens.

Cicero43 on April 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

And best of all… They haven’t got a clue why they are going bankrupt…

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

NYT ombud: Trust us, we’re unbiased.

Sorry, I must have clicked on the link to The Onion.

jan3 on April 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

…I think he want’s to be the next Press Secretary for the White House.

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I’m surprised Obama hasn’t hired Baghdad Bob…

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Pardon my vulgarity, but the Gray Lady has sh*t the bed. She should just wipe herself up, walk herself out to the curb and flag herself down a garbage truck.

Naturally Curly on April 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Nationally, the Washington Post reports Mon.-Fri. circulation at 550,821, compared to 578,482 in March 2010. Weekday circulation at the New York Times dipped from 951,063 to 916,911.

Source

The NYT and Washington Post in a death spiral – gotta love it. Finally, one economic trend I can get behind.

OneVision on April 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Source

The NYT and Washington Post in a death spiral – gotta love it. Finally, one economic trend I can get behind.

OneVision on April 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

The drain they are circling is obviously clogged, somebody call a plumber…

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Shouldn’t that column be in the Lost & Found ads? “Lost. Enormous amount of trust. Last seen vicinity of WWII. No reward.”.

Finbar on April 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

What Bribane is really saying is the lies and deceptions we present to force our ultra-liberal views on the public are not really lies and deceptions to us.

volsense on April 23, 2012 at 9:27 AM

They will print any propaganda they can to promote their ideology. The paper is no longer a journalistic effort and it hasn’t been for a long time.

You all might find this video of the NYT staff getting a dose of reality interesting.

http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2012/04/22/at-the-nyt-clueless-blue-deer-meet-onrushing-truck/

FTA:

“New York Times staffers, like suffering proles all over the world, belong to a labor union, and over the years the union has negotiated a very comfy defined benefit retirement plan. The staffers love the plan.

But economic reality is intruding. Times management, perhaps reading the coverage in its own pages about the companies and cities going bankrupt due to unsustainable union-bargained pension systems, wants to make a change. It wants to offer a defined contribution plan, instead. Workers and the company pay into a 401(k) plan, workers invest it, and when they retire, that is the amount they have towards their income.”

dogsoldier on April 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Shouldn’t that column be in the Lost & Found ads? “Lost. Enormous amount of trust. Last seen vicinity of WWII. No reward.”.

Finbar on April 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

I think they lost it before WWII, when one of their “Journalists” won the Putzler Prize for his piece on Soviet Russia where he claimed that the Gulags didn’t really exist and Uncle Joe was really a swell guy.

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Fake But Accurate.

Del Dolemonte on April 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

The NYT is a joke, but it is a joke that panders to its base. Look at the article Drudge just cited about Obama wanting to do more without Congress.

Clearly, he campaigned against that, and if Bush were doing it, the NYT would be 100% against it. However, read the comments of their readers and you will see why they continue to be biased.

To summarize, their readers believe (and the truth):

1. The Republican Congress has done nothing (the Republican House has actually passed a lot of legislation, greater than the historical average, while the Democrat Senate has been one of the least active Senates in history).
2. Republicans main goal is to make Obama look bad (while partially true, as mentioned the Repbulican House has come up with ideas – all rejected by the President. And if the shoe was on the other foot, Democrats would be doing the exact same thing).
3. Obama has to go at it alone because he is doing the work of the people (in the last election, his agenda was flatly rejected, and if polls are an indication, few want what he is selling).
4. It is okay to do something he campaigned against because it is right (Principals matter).

Literally, 95% of the comments expressed a combination of those incorrect assumptions. And those are their readers. So, why would the NYT even contemplate trying to be neutral and risk losing the base that they have?

milcus on April 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

???! Gimme a break. Since the coming of the Ochs-Hays-Sulzberger clan, The Times has always been aggressively liberal in its viewpoint and coverage — it is just that since Sonny Boy (Pinch) took over it has become crudely blatant in its prejudices, and more contemptuous of the facts. Once magisterial — that is, soothingly pompous and boring — it has now developed a style that is like being beaten over the head with a propaganda pamphlet from the Leninist Workers Action Committee.

Scriptor on April 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Gosh-a-roo, it took the guy over 4 years to finally figure out that maybe the NY Times is just a tad bit biased towards Obama and the Democrats?

What a buffoon.

albill on April 23, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Well, the real problem is they actually believe they are being objective. It’s not an act.

Therefore, you’re not going to shame them into correction or self-examination.

Cleombrotus on April 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The drain they are circling is obviously clogged, somebody call a plumber…

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Here is the plumber I would call . . . Go Joe!

OneVision on April 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Here is the plumber I would call . . . Go Joe!

OneVision on April 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

sound’s like just the man for the job, the man to ensure that the NYTimes is not declared “To Big to Fail” and bailed out…

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Scriptor on April 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

VERY well-stated, my friend!

OneVision on April 23, 2012 at 10:11 AM

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Walter Duranty was his name. Carrying major water for the Communists since 1933.

PatriotGal2257 on April 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

sound’s like just the man for the job, the man to ensure that the NYTimes is not declared “To Big to Fail” and bailed out…

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I don’t think it can, isn’t it propped up by the wealthiest man in the world? Carlos Slim Helu. Why would he need a bailout?

Dr Evil on April 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

The very fact that the NYT had Duranty at their Moscow bureau in the first place says to me that they were always enamored with and gave under-the-radar credence to totalitarian ideals wherever they found them.

It hasn’t been acceptable until Obama’s election for them to come out of the closet with their views, but anyone who has been paying attention already knows who and what they are: enemies of American ideals.

PatriotGal2257 on April 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Read your post,.. It’s almost frightening, that they are this disconnected from what the public actually thinks about anything these days.

Like almost every liberal I have ever met, they simply cannot process, that an opposing viewpoint not only exists, but can have merit.

Notice almost every media report on the Obamacare debacle, swallowed the democrat lie whole, that the GOP had NO ideas of it’s own… when there were reams of plans out there which the GOP had offered.. they walked past the table groaning under the weight of those alternatives and just scanned their faces around.. seemingly seeing nothing.. before throwing their hands up and walking away.

and the public sees this..

and they can’t understand why nobody believes them anymore? Why they have less credibility than a third rate used car salesman?….

It has to be a mental disorder.. no one is that willfully blind,..

mark81150 on April 23, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I don’t trust the New York Times to line my cat’s litter box anymore.

I don’t trust the New York Times to wrap my fish in anymore.

I don’t trust the New York Times to report on itself anymore.

I don’t trust the New York Times and I’m not alone.

ProfShadow on April 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM

A bit of advice: Don’t switch to the Washington Post!

lhuffman34 on April 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

All The News That‘s Fits our viewpoint we decide to Print.

TugboatPhil on April 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Great new headline about the Times. It’s no wonder the paper is ridiculed as being the New York Slimes, because its editors and reporters seem to take great delight in sliming American conservatives, or anyone who does not buy into their biased reporting. I, for one, refuse to read it anymore, not even its food pages!!! Well, maybe I can find a good recipe there for dog meat…

chai on April 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM

That NYT they are so funny! I can see why their readership raises due to their unbias and truthful news. OH… they are losing readership. NYT has lost any credablity with the American public. The only use for their paper is for the dog pen. Truthful BS.

karlinsync on April 23, 2012 at 10:35 AM

It has to be a mental disorder.. no one is that willfully blind,..

mark81150 on April 23, 2012 at 10:24 AM

A disorder that afflicts those who start believing their own lies, maybe? If there are any strinks on here can probably put a name to this type of pathology — I don’t know what to call it.

Scriptor on April 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I mentioned this in the last Times thread, but this article really drives the point home for me.

Something is going on at NYT. Somebody – Pinch, Kruggy, a reporter, whoever – got word from an inside White House source beyond the trendlines, and everything since reeks of proactive damage control.

If they paint a rosy picture and the MSM carries their water, but the economy still tanks, the carriers will be on the hook to answer to the gen-pop as to why they’re covering Barry’s ass when people’s lives are getting destroyed.

Brooks is writing coded op/ed’s that are saying, “hey, I just got hammered by the Obama Team for being somewhat critical. So I’m just going to write what they want me to, and tell you that explicitly. This way, they stop yelling at me, and maybe you can read between the lines”.

Now you have this guy saying, “well, yeah, our op/ed’s are Pro-Barry, and it does creep into every aspect of the paper, but I’m on it, and will harshly criticize afterwards. So nothing to worry about”.

We had a NYT/CBS poll that showed things even, thereby killing the CNN and ABC polls, to the point where even Stephanopolous called his own ABC poll “an outlier” yesterday and that things were dead-even.

Between this and the National Journal “In Nothing We Trust” piece that pretty much confirmed every philosophical Beck’s been making for five years… I’m no Allah, but dude, I’m getting concerned.

budfox on April 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Sometimes it helps being psychotic, you don’t have to question yourself, a sort of Napolean complex gets you through the day, a self constructed dream world keeps you content. Then the lies come easily.

arand on April 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

lieing S.O.B. ! If ever a Democrat is found that speaks the truth, he surely will end up in the Guiness Book of Records! However, I don’t think that will ever happen!

Jersey Dan on April 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I don’t know what is worse, this pathetic article or the NYT comments section on this article. It’s obvious that the NYT is preaching to it’s choir and to them alone. This bunch of self-deluded leftists wouldn’t recognize bias if it slapped them upside their heads with an Obama 2012 poster! The NYT must be on the verge of shutting down to even put this pitiful article out there. Get ready for them declaring bankruptcy in the next weeks. They would only be doing this if they knew they were in their death throws. The latest circulation statistics must have just arrived on the editors desk and the news must be grim.

NYT biased towards the left? In other news water is wet.

neyney on April 23, 2012 at 10:41 AM

On November 14, 2001, in The New York Times’ 150th anniversary issue, former executive editor Max Frankel wrote that before and during World War II, the Times had maintained a consistent policy to minimize reports on the Holocaust in their news pages.[94] Laurel Leff, associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University, concluded that the newspaper had downplayed the Third Reich targeting of Jews for genocide. Her 2005 book “Buried by the Times” documents the NYT’s tendency before, during and after World War II to place deep inside its daily editions the news stories about the ongoing persecution and extermination of Jews, while obscuring in those stories the special impact of the Nazis’ crimes on Jews in particular.

And the liberal bias continues…..

dthorny on April 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I like that they think that even the perception that they might be biased is Murdoch’s fault. It must be great to have your own personal boogey-man to blame for everything.

Cindy Munford on April 23, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Shorter NYT: “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful”.

theCork on April 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Gray Lady Down, and they’re scrambling to fasten their life vests.

They’re so desperate they’re offering a month-long online subscription for 99 cents–less than a bottle of soda.

Hilarious. :-)

Grace_is_sufficient on April 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM

…these can be overcome by hard-nosed, unbiased political reporting now.

If only they had such reporters. Too bad.

theCork on April 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM

The more anyone tells you how trustworthy they are, the closer you had better watch your wallet.

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Liars.

minnesoter on April 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM

They’re so desperate they’re offering a month-long online subscription for 99 cents–less than a bottle of soda.

Hilarious. :-)

Grace_is_sufficient on April 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM

And still not worth the price.

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The NYT is not biased!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Crafting the e-mail to Bernard Goldberg next…

Khun Joe on April 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Does it bother the NYT that Sen. Kerry married a ton of money amassed by a deceased Republican senator and his family? I bet it doesn’t.

Cindy Munford on April 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I’ve always been a little wary over Fox News feeling it has to tout itself as “fair and balanced” bcuz I think actions speak louder than words and so I can unequivocally say that this NYT puff piece makes me absolutely wanna puke. And I can’t wait to hear how the Fox talkers cover this one tonight.

stukinIL4now on April 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

The more anyone tells you how trustworthy they are, the closer you had better watch your wallet.

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM

You’re right,.. kind of like if you have to tell everyone just how smart you are, chances are, you’re a pretty dim bulb.

mark81150 on April 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

“The constant insertion of liberal politics into even the most politically irrelevant articles has already caused us to cancel our daily subscription,” Ms. Farrington wrote, “leaving only the Sunday delivery as I confess to an addiction to the Sunday crossword.”

Oh, for Pete’s sake. Get.A.Life.

Maybe that stupid puzzle was the hottest thing going in the 1970′s, but there have been a gazillion other puzzles/games to come along since then. If the NYT crossword is an integral part of her life, she must lead a truly empty life.

MisterElephant on April 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

The death of journalism’s integrity, if there ever was any, has been the New York Times. They are the hearse of journalism’s funeral and the Sulzbergers are the pallbearers. Little Artie Sulzberger is a compulsive lying narcissist and nothing else.

volsense on April 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Wasn’t Arthur Brisbane the crazy guy in Mel Brooks’ High Anxiety? The name just sounds familiar.

Smedley on April 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

And I can’t wait to hear how the Fox talkers cover this one tonight.

stukinIL4now on April 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

There’s a little bit of a difference between attempting to show the difference between you and your competitors in an ad..

and..

Having to tell your customers.. no really, It’s the truth this time, I swear!

mark81150 on April 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

ROTFLMAO.

Im with Cousin Vinny.

Tim_CA on April 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

The only way to stop the long standing bias is through financial means. Starve the beast!

d1carter on April 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

The more anyone tells you how trustworthy they are, the closer you had better watch your wallet.
dentarthurdent on April 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM

“The more he proclaimed his virtue the faster we counted the spoons.” – Emerson

tommyboy on April 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM

The NYT is so left wing they make the Nobel Prize committee look neutral.

“All the news that fits our agenda”

talkingpoints on April 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

So forgive us for laughing at you, Arthur. You gave it the ol’ college try leftist partisan hack try, but after watching the Times at work four years ago — and before and since then, too — we’re not about to trust the Gray Lady in 2012 to behave responsibly.

FIFY (But a college try and a leftist partisan hack try probably is the same thing.)

Dr. Demento on April 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

If they vet Obama by publishing his college transcripts above the fold before the DNC Convention, I might put some trust in Mr. Brisbane’s words. But I don’t think that day will ever come!

Bob in VA on April 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Based on conversations with Times reporters and editors who cover the campaign and Washington, I think they see themselves as aggressive journalists who don’t play favorites.

Well, I guess that proves it! Its not like people can be totally unaware of their own biases.

taznar on April 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Ed and everyone:

It’s worth noting that Times has an Obama fluff piece on Page A1 today. Yes, the front cover.

A day after they claim that they’re going to try to be unbiased in the future, they’re already doling out HJ’s.

Red Cloud on April 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

You’re right,.. kind of like if you have to tell everyone just how smart you are, chances are, you’re a pretty dim bulb.

mark81150 on April 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Like most of our “favorite” libtard trolls here in HA?

And likewise be careful around the person who says things like “I’m just a dumb farmboy from Iowa, so you’ll have ta splain it to me” – cuz he’s just giving you an opening and enough rope to hang yourself with – cuz he ain’t as dumb as he says. I used to work with a Navy Captain like that. When some arrogant civil service (or MITRE FFRDC) weenie from Massachusetts would start in, he’d give that line and then sit back and wait for the right time to set the hook – and always made the other guy look like an absolute idiot by the time he was done reeling him in.

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Where’s Jayson Blair when you need him!

Roy Rogers on April 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

The more anyone tells you how trustworthy they are, the closer you had better watch your wallet.

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM

You’re right,.. kind of like if you have to tell everyone just how smart you are, chances are, you’re a pretty dim bulb.

mark81150 on April 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

“The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Owen Glendower on April 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

One can imagine Lucy telling Charlie Brown much the same thing right before pulling the football away for the 50th year in a row.

And every year, gullible readers say “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGHH!” & land with a big thud.

itsnotaboutme on April 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM

The two scariest greetings you’ll ever hear:

“Hello, I’m from the government. I’m here to help.”

“Hello, I’m from the New York Times. Trust me.”

de rigueur on April 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM

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