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Is The New York Times a media outlet or an activist organization?
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It appears that it’s leaning toward activism. A recent town hall meeting of Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Times staffers revealed a publication struggling to maintain any meaningful independence from its aggressively left-wing readership and staff.
The leaked transcript is well worth reading, as it demonstrates how far-left voices now dominate the direction of the Times and how closely the newspaper’s work aligns with the progressive political strategies of the moment.
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The paper’s left-leaning readership, which includes many self-styled progressive politicians, earlier this month pushed the Times to change a Page One headline for a news story about President Donald Trump’s official remarks about the El Paso shooting.
The original headline read: “Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism.”
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Editors soon changed it to “Assailing Hate, but Not Guns” after the Times was inundated by criticism from readers and, according to reports, angry staff members.
Many critics were furious that the paper didn’t outright call Trump a “racist.”
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Was there any meaningful pushback to this attempt to label the president a racist? No.
Instead, Baquet simply noted at the meeting that outright labeling the president a racist wasn’t the most effective tack, and that implying or demonstrating that he is a racist was more powerful.
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On top of discussing headlines and wording in articles, Baquet addressed the Times’ coverage strategy going forward.
It appears that the newspaper was banking on the Trump-Russia collusion narrative to placate readers who are eager to see Trump removed from office.
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The result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation, though, left the...
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