August 26, 2012

New York Times ombudsman shocked, SHOCKED to find liberal bias going on … [Darleen Click]

Arthur Brisbane does a turn as Captain Renault:

The Times is hardly transparent. A reader still has to work very hard to find any Times policies online (though some are tucked away there), and there is still no place where Times editors speak on the issues. As for humility, well, The Times is Lake Wobegon on steroids (everybody’s way above average). I don’t remember many autopsies in which, as we assembled over the body, anyone conceded that maybe this could have been done differently. […]

I also noted two years ago that I had taken up the public editor duties believing “there is no conspiracy” and that The Times’s output was too vast and complex to be dictated by any Wizard of Oz-like individual or cabal. I still believe that, but also see that the hive on Eighth Avenue is powerfully shaped by a culture of like minds — a phenomenon, I believe, that is more easily recognized from without than from within.

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.

Posted by Darleen @ 12:14pm

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Comments (27)

  1. Hey, I saw this on twitter and loved it. A guy I’m friendly with who was an investigative reporter there for more than a decade, was discussing it openly on Twitter yesterday….in total agreement.

    It is so counterproductive to argue to the contrary, although the ME was doing just that yesterday.

    That’s the second time in a few years the Ombudsman has done this.

  2. Louie: “….You know Rick, there’s a free French garrison over in Lisban that could use your many talents….”

    Rick: “….Louie, I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship…”

  3. Not so fast, Brisbane!

    “In our newsroom we are always conscious that the way we view an issue in New York is not necessarily the way it is viewed in the rest of the country or world. I disagree with Mr. Brisbane’s sweeping conclusions,” Abramson told POLITICO Saturday night.

    “I agree with another past public editor, Dan Okrent, and my predecessor as executive editor, Bill Keller, that in covering some social and cultural issues, the Times sometimes reflects its urban and cosmopolitan base,” she continued. “But I also often quote, including in talks with Mr. Brisbane, another executive editor, Abe Rosenthal, who wanted to be remembered for keeping ‘the paper straight.’ That’s essential.”

    Jill runs things ‘straight’, she’ll have you know, you off-the-plantation hick outsider RUBE who will NEVER WRITE FOR NYTIMES EVAH AGAIN!

  4. – Isaac – Large and in charge.

  5. Isaac is a pussy. Kinda like Custer.

  6. You skeered him off sdferr.

  7. I got nothin’ to do with it. But he can’t even get organized enough to form an eye-wall.

  8. Must’a hit the lottery and doesn’t need the job anymore…

  9. – Oh he’s a’gonna get his act together very soon now.

    – They revised the projevtion up from a level 1 to a level 2 because he turned just a bit more westward and was placed on the Northside of Cuba, which means a lot more time over water before he reaches the Keys and on into the Tampa area.

    – All those poor protesters are going to get some wet.

  10. The center of rotation is about 40 mi due south of Key West now (and as it happens 187 mi due south of me as well), and moving wnw at 18 mph. Top speed winds around 60. Wind here is currently 15mph from the north. Isaac is headed out into the gulf and may reach cat 1 today, but I don’t think it’ll be cat 2 — if at all — until it approaches the Miss. coast.

  11. – You could see an eye form briefly and then disapate in that loop. All depends on water temps and prevailing currents and winds, but the track does seem to be moving more Westerly now, which is good news for Tampa. Maybe just very heavy rain, some flooding, and high winds, the possibility of some tornado’s but not a full up hit from the snake.

  12. Well BBH, you could see an eye form. I on the other hand, saw nothing of the sort.

  13. – I was referring to the loop I posted, the black in the center of the largest red mass. But we shall see. Hopefully you’re right.

    – Its just not nearly as big as Katrina, but if it strengthens over the Gulf then the gulf coast could get a hard hit.

  14. Pretty good tuneage: Blame It On Bush

    Culture war: On.

  15. – Tampa news online radio. Convention, general news and weather.

  16. 5:00 NHC on Isaac. Doesn’t project +74mph winds until sometime tomorrow. Drudge is having people on.

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  18. They aren’t oblivious, they’re lying.

    The lie just isn’t the obvious lie. They say “we’re just practical centrists, we don’t have a “bent.” The just redefine hardcore leftism as the center, and everyone else is “bent.”

    And when they can’t deny it anymore, they finesse it and make excuses – a sure sign that it’s all a deliberate lie.

  19. “But I also often quote, including in talks with Mr. Brisbane, another executive editor, Abe Rosenthal, who wanted to be remembered for keeping ‘the paper straight.’ That’s essential.”

    I guess that undiagnosed case of syphilis is starting to take it’s toll. If she thinks the Times does anything “straight” (other than bash them) she is stark raving bonkers.

  20. Wait just a minute, is he trying to tell me that the 4785 Martha Burke inteviews, stories and countless editorials about Augusta not letting women in circa 2003 was a “cause” and not critical hard news?! Who knew?

    Next I am going to hear they may have not cared for some political figures right of center, or taken a shine to left of center ones…then I will be absolutely stunned.

  21. I hate to break it to you, Colonel, but they’ve had more than one writer—Pulitzer prize winners, even— who have turned out to have made up their stories. They used composite characters, just like Obama did in his autobiographies that Bill Ayers wrote for him.

    It’s almost like there’s a pattern there.

  22. Roggio may remain skeptical on that.

  23. If it happened, we did it, from what I understand. Should we infer anything from the fact that Obama isn’t doing a touchdown dance?

  24. Jawa has some nice [amended to be better even] dancing going on for M. Dadullah’s demise.

    Even tiny clips of Michelle Jenneke have a way of making one’s day.

  25. “that in covering some social and cultural issues, the Times sometimes reflects its urban and cosmopolitan base,”

    It doesn’t even reflect the “urban” and “cosmopolitan” base represented in the outer boroughs.

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