Media

08.27.12

The Progressive New York Times

It says something interesting about our media culture that the New York Times would so publicly worry about its lack of credibility among Republicans. Hard to imagine Fox News feeling any similar concerns for its credibility among non-Republicans.

Across the paper’s many departments, though, so many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism — for lack of a better term — that this worldview virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times.

As a result, developments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage seem almost to erupt in The Times, overloved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects. ...

A just-released Pew Research Center survey found that The Times’s “believability rating” had dropped drastically among Republicans compared with Democrats, and was an almost-perfect mirror opposite of Fox News’s rating. Can that be good?