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New York Times Called Out for Anti-Trump Bias by Former Executive Editor

New York Times Called Out for Anti-Trump Bias by Former Executive Editor

“says the Times has a financial incentive to bash the president and that the imbalance is helping to erode its credibility”

Media bias against Republicans has always existed but has reached a new high in the age of Trump. Talking heads on cable news frequently blur the lines between news and opinion. Supposed journalists openly root against Trump and for his opponents.

It has gotten so bad that even Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times is calling out the “paper of record” over bias.

FOX News media critic Howard Kurtz reports:

Former NY Times editor rips Trump coverage as biased

A former executive editor of the New York Times says the paper’s news pages, the home of its straight-news coverage, have become “unmistakably anti-Trump.”

Jill Abramson, the veteran journalist who led the newspaper from 2011 to 2014, says the Times has a financial incentive to bash the president and that the imbalance is helping to erode its credibility.

In a soon-to-be published book, “Merchants of Truth,” that casts a skeptical eye on the news business, Abramson defends the Times in some ways but offers some harsh words for her successor, Dean Baquet. And Abramson, who was the paper’s only female executive editor until her firing, invoked Steve Bannon’s slam that in the Trump era the mainstream media have become the “opposition party.”

“Though Baquet said publicly he didn’t want the Times to be the opposition party, his news pages were unmistakably anti-Trump,” Abramson writes, adding that she believes the same is true of the Washington Post. “Some headlines contained raw opinion, as did some of the stories that were labeled as news analysis.”

What’s more, she says, citing legendary 20th century publisher Adolph Ochs, “the more anti-Trump the Times was perceived to be, the more it was mistrusted for being biased. Ochs’s vow to cover the news without fear or favor sounded like an impossible promise in such a polarized environment.”

This passage is rather telling:

Abramson describes a generational split at the Times, with younger staffers, many of them in digital jobs, favoring an unrestrained assault on the presidency. “The more ‘woke’ staff thought that urgent times called for urgent measures; the dangers of Trump’s presidency obviated the old standards,” she writes.

Kurtz also discussed this on the air:

Tim Graham of the media watchdog organization NewsBusters also had some thoughts on this:

Ex-New York Times Executive Editor Rips Her Own Paper for ‘Raw Opinion’ Against Trump

This might be seen as controversial, but it’s also unmistakably true.

Abramson asserts this liberal tilt is good for business in the Trump era: “Given its mostly liberal audience, there was an implicit financial reward for the Times in running lots of Trump stories, almost all of them negative: they drove big traffic numbers and, despite the blip of cancellations after the election, inflated subscription orders to levels no one anticipated.”

For example, the most-read Times opinion article of the year was its scandalous Anonymous op-ed ripping the president from inside his administration.

These passages don’t imply Abramson isn’t a liberal, or can’t praise the paper. Kurtz reports Abramson praised as “brave and right” Baquet’s decision to run this headline when Trump abandoned his birtherism attacks on Barack Obama: “Trump Gives Up a Lie But Refuses to Repent.”

Fox anchor Jon Scott mentioned to Kurtz on America’s Newsroom that The Wall Street Journal editorial board recently criticized “The Constant Spin Zone” of the press, based on one of those Philip Rucker articles. They wrote: “These reporters can’t even begin a news account of a presidential visit to a military base without working in a compilation of Mr. Trump’s controversies, contradictions, and failings.”

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“…the imbalance is helping to erode its credibility.”

Correction: “…the imbalance is helping to erode further its increasingly laughable credibility.”

Conservatives have always skimmed the Times looking for anything that seems to be true, because it’s always helps to use the stuff the “other side” writes to backup your position.
These days it’s a lot harder to accomplish that.

And this is news why?

The history shows that Abramson was even more viciously anti-Trump than the guy who replaced her. Now she sees Trump’s people are WINNING and wants to climb around to the right of the NYTimes.

Screw you Abramson. You wanted to release the Pee Dossier hoax, fraudulent documents to try to swing the 2016 election. Maybe your friends believed the polls (that the Trumpers intentionally skipped) saying Hillary was going to win anyway. 🙂

    Milhouse in reply to artichoke. | January 4, 2019 at 1:08 am

    What the **** are you talking about? Abramson has had no connection with the NYT since mid-2014, so none of what you wrote could even possibly be true. You just brazenly made it up.

She has already started walking it back. Today she said she was quoted out of context and we all know what that means.

She doesn’t care about their bias.

She cares that they’re being so RIDICULOUSLY, ARROGANTLY, IN YOUR FACE with their bias that people that don’t even follow politics can see it.

She doesn’t want them to stop telling lies. She wants them to stop telling lies that are SO EASILY PROVED to be false.

Anyone capable of ascending to her former position at that excuse for a paper is a dyed-in-the-wool anti-American. All of the “former” editors of the nyt were fired because they couldn’t sell crazy to enough folks to make a profit.

The irony is that they depend upon Capitalism to survive, while their every word and dream is to destroy it.