This past Monday, the executive editor of The New York Times made these comments:
Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, said recently that, after the Mueller report, the paper has to shift the focus of its coverage from the Trump-Russia affair to the president’s alleged racism.
“We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well,” Baquet said. “Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.”
Baquet made the remarks at an employee town hall Monday. A recording was leaked to Slate, which published a transcript Thursday.
Wow, that was some kind of admission from Baquet, though not all that surprising:
Did it sometimes seem like the New York Times' entire focus was Trump-Russia? Like it built its newsroom around one story? Now, top editor says it did just that. But after Mueller report, paper has had to retool. New focus? Trump racism. https://t.co/1fVULEqKlV
— Byron York (@ByronYork) August 16, 2019
Read this and you’ll understand what’s happened in top newsrooms and why Independent investigative journalism is so important – these editors are shaping narratives at the expense of truth – to line their pockets and push political agendas. Very sad. https://t.co/WhSKeFvD4V
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) August 16, 2019
Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson spelled out exactly what it looks like the Times is trying to do:
The takeaway? The NYT says it is mapping out a narrative in advance of any naturally-occurring, true news events, and plans to shape all natural-occurring, true news events so that they are reported in the context of racism. This is what they believe their readers want. https://t.co/BJGqZttVSc
— Sharyl Attkisson?️♂️ (@SharylAttkisson) August 17, 2019
Journalism has really taken several steps backwards in the last 20 years.
— Lowcountry Source (@losonews) August 17, 2019
And the backward slide has accelerated since January of 2017.