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NY Times increasingly staffed with hires from “outlets that practiced advocacy journalism”

NY Times increasingly staffed with hires from “outlets that practiced advocacy journalism”

New York Magazine deep dive portrays the NY Times as basically your college newspaper, in which progressive internal politics are driven by “insurrectionist” new hires.

New York Magazine has performed what Rush might call a ‘random act of journalism’ by taking a deep dive on the transformation of the NY Times into both a paper whose growth was fueled by resistance to Trump, and fundamentally transformed internally by young “insurrectionist” staffers from outside the traditional journalism pipeline.

None of this is new, of course, at a macro level. We’ve seen the demonization of Bari Weiss and Bret Stephens for not bowing down sufficiently to intolerant progressive culture, and the debacle of the 1619 Project, an activist attempt to rewrite and reshape history, and internal dumpster fire over publishing a column by Sen. Tom Cotton.

But The New York Magazine article goes into a lot of depth. A lot. It’s really long, so of course read the whole thing.

Here are some short excerpts focused on the changing attitude of Times news staff:

What the paper did have — in increasing numbers in fact — was a growing cohort of people who came to the paper with a different set of values. They were younger, which produced some of the division. A reporter who identified as “young Gen X” warned me about “toxic millennial workplace values,” while a millennial complained about the masthead’s tortured relationship to social media by arguing that “boomer is a mind-set.” …

The insurrectionists, meanwhile, had often come from digital outlets or tech companies or advocacy groups and could imagine leaving the place at any time….

Many of the insurrectionists were coming from places the Times didn’t traditionally recruit from, like new digital-media companies and outlets that practiced advocacy journalism, and part of the challenge had become integrating those employees into the Timesian way of operating….

Of all the fronts on which the Times was being pushed to change, the strongest insurrectionary energy was coming from legions of newsroom-adjacent employees in digital jobs that didn’t exist a decade ago….

The NY Times, which the article notes has grown exponentially based on Trump hatred, is basically your college newspaper.

[This article originally mistakenly referred to The New Yorker as the source of the article. That has been corrected.]


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | November 11, 2020 at 9:53 pm

Then Surely Jake Tapper will start working for them also.

CNN’s Jake Tapper Warns the Public That They Might Lose Their Jobs Unless They Accept Biden Victory

This is a threat.

Senator Cotton has “owned” the Times ever since he was published.

It’s New York magazine, not The New Yorker.

    Chieftain in reply to cbenoistd. | November 11, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    New Yorker is owned by the Newhouse family through Advance -> Conde Nast.
    The is the same publishing group that publishes anal sex advice in Teen Vogue.
    New York Magazine was founded in 1968 as a competitor to the New Yorker, and is published by Vox Media.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to cbenoistd. | November 12, 2020 at 12:48 am


In other words, they’re hiring Alexadra Cortez’s.

I’ve never seen, in my lifetime, any “news” article from the NY Times that was NOT “advocacy journalism”.

As a historian, I can attest that this has been true for the past century, at least.

    Agreed. An unwavering commitment to the glorious Communism revolution has been the trademark of the NYT and its readership since the days of Walter Duranty.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | November 11, 2020 at 11:52 pm

      Im sure you know then that they backed and endorsed Joseph Stalin and the Communists in 1930s Russia.

      The New York Times thought Stalin and his communism was just peachy keen!

    bullhubbard in reply to Aarradin. | November 12, 2020 at 10:05 am

    I am glad you point this out. Ever since the days of WW II, when there actually were some courageous reporters out there and there existed only the “mainstream media,” newspapers and journalists everywhere have pretended they are part of a long, proud tradition of getting at the facts, at (as the contemporary nauseating cliche has it) “telling truth to power.”

    The honest truth is that cadre of war correspondents, including Hemingway, Pyle, Gellhorn, etc., was romantically involved in the war and in love with their self-image. Michael Herr says quite a bit about the war correspondent mindset in his great Vietnam War book “Dispatches.”

    Political reporting has always been partisan according to the editorial bent of various publications, and journos have been riding on the coattails of Woodward and Bernstein for over forty years, holding them up as proud examples of their tribe. But of course this is a glaring exception.

    Anyway, as you allude to with your specific comment on the Times, the history of American journalism is a history of lies, graft, political back-scratching, championing of dubious social movements, and generally acting exactly contrary to their narcissistic public image. This goes back to the beginning of the republic, as I am sure you’re aware.
    Some of the greatest criticisms of journalism were written in the nineteenth-century by Twain and appear in “Roughing It.”

    One of the best features of the Trump administration is that it pulled the covers from journalism and exposed political reporters for what they generally are–a self-serving gaggle of pimps and whores.

“The NY Times, which the article notes has grown exponentially based on Trump hatred, is basically your college newspaper.”

Oh please. Most of the contents of any college newspaper are far more credible than anything the Times would ever print.

The Kids are Not Alright at the Paper of Record.

The NYT was the precursor to the Babylon Bee.

Eastwood Ravine | November 12, 2020 at 12:05 am

Leftists recruiting leftists. Who wouldn’t have thought otherwise.

“Unfreedom of the Press” by Mark Levine discusses this “community journalism” where all reporting is to guide the consumer toward the “correct” outcome.

We have to remember that it’s “journalism” schools that are cranking them out.

it’s their paper. can’t the nyt hire who they want? have they done something illegal? they produce a product. you can buy it, or not.
then, the market decides if the times makes a product that sells.
most every other business does the same.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to [email protected]. | November 12, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    But it is so nice for them to exhibit their sheer stupidity and stubbornness for the whole universe to take caution from.

    As the saying goes, if you will not serve as a good example then you must serve as a horrendous warning!

    A major national newspaper is not a stove or a can opener or a new car. The NYT represents and sells itself as a record of factual current events and as a platform for editorials.

    To the extent that each of us is responsible to think for ourselves and to read critically, “caveat emptor” applies, certainly. And skepticism is crucial these days more than ever.

    However, I am not willing to give the NYT a pass since they are trying to present themselves as “journalists” when in effect they are the propaganda wing of the Democratic party and there is no distinction between their political “reporting” and their political commentary, which should be relegated to the editorial section.

    “Advocacy journalism,” “new journalism,” “gonzo journalism,” or whatever you want to call it these days is fine for books or weekend literary supplements but not for daily newspapers pretending to be reporting on current events.

What a surprise.

Actually the NYTimes effectively killed the goose that laid the golden eggs. Trump was great for ratings and readers. Now that he is on the way out, they won’t have a focus for their unrelenting hysteria about his causing the end of our country. It will become boring with only accolades for Biden following by mild criticism and then because he’s not Obama, they may even turn against him. But that won’t happen for a long time. The Times is a dinosaur. The very generation that they’ve hired to write their nonsense doesn’t even read it. How about on poll about the percentage of folks who still read any newspaper?

This just in…
Tokyo Rose to be posthumously named as WWII Advocacy Spokeshole.

There’s nothing wrong with the Noo Yawk “Slimes” that a flight of cruise missiles or a half-dozen GBU-43/B MOAB’s wouldn’t fix. It puts “Pravda” to shame. I tried putting it in the bottom of my Canaries’ cage, but it refused to use it saying it had too much respect for it’s own poop.

Where and who are these new hires? Identify them for me. Are they covering high school football or something else ? I don’t think they are writing in the Opinions section.