The New York Times needs to decide whether it’s going to be a newspaper or a lobbyist organization. It really can’t be both.
It was already headed in the opposite direction of “newspaper.” Along with many other news outlets across the country, the Times has effectively blurred –- perhaps “erased” is a better word –- the lines between hard news and opinion, regularly injecting political opinion into front-page news stories. (In fact, virtually everything is politicized, right down to the entertaining and fashion pages.) It’s as if liberal writers just can’t stand to simply report the news; they’re as addicted to their own spin as a junkie is to crack. If the facts aren’t on their side, as is so often the case, they can’t help but select the ones that will do their side as much good as possible and leave out the others, or else bury them in paragraph 37. Any good journalism teacher (are there any left?) could wear out a case of red pencils correcting the blatant examples of bias in their reporting.
And now, the members of the Times editorial board have taken their venture into advocacy journalism a step further: they’ve gone against their own social media guidelines, taking to Twitter to urge the Senate to reject the tax bill currently under consideration. They are literally working as activists, calling on their Twitter followers to get in touch with their senators and even including helpful contact information for their various offices. Isn’t that thoughtful?
It occurs to me that since newspapers are having such a terrible time budget-wise, they could make extra money doing this sort of thing full-time for the Democratic Party. What the heck, they’re doing it anyway –- why not just do more of it and charge a little fee? After all, pushing the liberal agenda is what they live for.
Of course, the DNC has its own fundraising woes right now, but it might be worth their while to pay the New York Times and other liberal rags what they can to advocate on their behalf. It would be a win-win for the Times and the Democratic Party, but the field of professional journalism is already losing big.
PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW. I READ THEM!