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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