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NY Times Public Editor: We’re still mighty White, aren’t we?

NY Times Public Editor: We’re still mighty White, aren’t we?

No one is stopping you from quitting to make room.

It’s been a while since we measured the lack of diversity at major liberal publications.

In 2012, I did a photo montage of the NY Times Editorial Board and Masthead in response to an Op-Ed by a U. Penn. professor accusing Republicans of tokenism by appointing Tim Scott to fill the seat vacated by Jim DeMint, I would never be so insulting as to accuse the NY Times of tokenism:

The New York Times today ran a demeaning Op-Ed about Tim Scott, the Republican Congressman from South Carolina who was just appointed to the seat being vacated by Jim DeMint.

The Op-Ed was written by U. Penn. Political Science Professor Adolf L. Reed Jr.,  The Puzzle of Black Republicans, and accused Republicans of engaging in tokenism by appointing Scott:

But this “first black” rhetoric tends to interpret African-American political successes — including that of President Obama — as part of a morality play that dramatizes “how far we have come.” It obscures the fact that modern black Republicans have been more tokens than signs of progress….

No number of Tim Scotts — or other cynical tokens — will change that.

In response to my post about the Op-Ed, SoccerDad suggested a look at The NY Times Masthead and Editorial Board.  Here’s that look:

I did the same thing for the University of Pennsylvania Department of Political Science, in which the Op-Ed author worked, I would never be so insulting as to accuse the U. Penn Political Science Department of tokenism.

The NY Times, however, has not succeeded in diversifying as it demands everyone else diversify. The Times’ Public Editor, Liz Spayd, admitted as much in a recent column, Preaching the Gospel of Diversity, but Not Following It:

ONLY two of the 20-plus reporters who covered the presidential campaign for The New York Times were black. None were Latino or Asian. That’s less diversity than you’ll find in Donald Trump’s cabinet thus far. Of The Times’s newly named White House team, all six are white, as is most everyone in the Washington bureau.

Traveling to other departments, Metro has only three Latinos among its 42 reporters, in a city with the second largest Hispanic population in the country. Sports has one Asian man, two Hispanics and no African-Americans among its 21 reporters, yet blacks are plentiful among the teams they cover and the audience they serve. In the Styles section, every writer is white, while American culture is anything but.

The executive editor, Dean Baquet, is African-American. The other editors on his masthead are white. The staff with the most diversity? The news assistants, who mostly do administrative jobs and get paid the least.

The Times can be relentless in questioning the diversity at other institutions; it has written about the white ranks of the technology sector, public schools, police departments, Oscar nominees, law firms, legislatures, the major leagues and the Ivy League. Fixing its own problems comes less easily….

The newsroom’s blinding whiteness hit me when I walked in the door six months ago….

Diversity is hard, and so is math:

What’s the answer? The article talks around the problem, mostly, relying on platitudes.

One solution was not considered.

How about mass resignation by Whites in the newsroom? That would be not just liberal  virtue signaling, but practical. It’s a zero sum game, there are only a finite (and dwindling) number of jobs at the Times.

The Times employees demanding diversity elsewhere shouldn’t just write about it, they should do it.

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Class diversity or institutional racism, sexism, etc. is a double-edged scalpel. As are other political, economic, social, and moral policies under the liberals and progressives’ Pro-Choice (i.e. selective) philosophy.

I think every single monument should be taken down and every street renamed, which has connections to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Why? It’s very clear that vast left-wing conspiracy are refusing to follow what his dream was. Why honor a man that everyone ignores anyway?

I can understand that diversity is a good thing, but there is something to be said that companies and organizations should hire the best person for the job, regardless of race, gender, or religion. Now, the NY Times? Well, they’re just hypocritical. It’s just that simple.

I don’t know. A couple of them look suspiciously Native American to me.

Classic Leftist non-sequitur.

When confronted by a problem the default is all race all the time. Thus the NYT’s collapsed credibility, financial woes and self-marginalization iatr because….the news needs more “color”.

Yeah, sounds legit.

“…every writer is while, while American culture is anything but.”

What America are they talking about?

DieJustAsHappy | December 18, 2016 at 6:59 pm

“NY Times Public Editor: We’re still mighty White, aren’t we?”

Now, ain’t that just a pity!

The solution to all of our problems, from lack of diversity to global warming, is for all white guilt ridden liberals to go out in the woods, find a tree they really like and sit at the base and turn themselves into fertilizer. Give that carbon, calcium, iron back to mother earth and let a tree reach toward the sun.

Thank you.

casualobserver | December 18, 2016 at 9:46 pm

Until the NYT sets, achieves, and maintains a race quota that matches whatever they define to the rest of nation they have no credibility. The obsession with head count, much less with defining the “correct” values and the “correct” types (a standard that for some odd reason Sen. Scott doesn’t meet) is a waste of time until they practice it.

It was racist of the NYT to force Jason Blair to resign simply because he was making s*** up.

When my father was a young man the phrase “That was mighty white of you” was used in a sarcastic manner towards those who today would be called virtue signalers. The problem continues.

Worrying about race is racism. Part of the problem is that many of those promoted based on racism, aka affirmative acition, fail at the job.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes all manner of charts on US employment statistics. One of my favorites shows occupation by ethnicity. The news profession is getting better (less racist) over time, but is still well out of kilter with general population demographics.

For 2015, it shows the profession to be 89.8% white, 6.5% black, 1.7% Asian, and 13.7% Hispanic. Considering that the profession is mostly located in cities, and that cities’ demographics show whites in a long progression to lesser, even minority, percentages of population, this shows an astonishing racial bias in hiring within the profession of journalism that stretches back years upon years.

Labor force characteristics by race and ethnicity, 2015
See Table 8, page 45:

Funny how the liberals never live up to the ideals they demand of others.
When asking them when they’re going to give up their gas guzzling cars, guns or non diverse neighborhood they always say it’s impossible to do so within our societal patterns.
Come on hilldawg, share 99% of that evil wealth you have. Move ten to twelve illegal immigrant families into your mega mansion. Chelsea could probably house another dozen in her luxury apartment.