The New York Times had for many years held a position of respect if not reverence among America’s ruling class.
With the advent of the World Wide Web things have gotten a bit more transparent and the idol is starting to crumble disconcerting the self-proclaimed smart set that have long worshiped it.
Not that the paper ever deserved the honor that had been bestowed upon it.
It fell hard for the Piltdown Man hoax .
It covered up shamelessly for the progressive mass murderer Joseph Stalin.
But still it sailed on, its favor coveted by those who lusted for power.
Well, now we are finding out more about who runs the place, namely that they are greedy, petty, extremely childish and rather stupid.
Taiwanese satirists TomoNews has done a brutal recreation (see below) of the May 14 firing of first female editor Jill Abramson, who accused the powers-that-be at the company of sexism because her salary of $525,000 was $34,000 less than the guy she replaced.
The company bosses in response said she was a crap administrator who caused disruption and was unable to stop the circulation decline or increase the paper’s web presence.
We think they are both right.
The stuffed moose in the video, by the way, was something Publisher Pinch Sulzberger brought to board meetings as some kind of pop-psychology-based motivation tool.
Regarding the once-vaunted editorial page, even the liberal reporters at the paper say it has become boring, innaccurate and inane. The New York Observer has a rather long expose about it.
It quotes one former Times writer as saying “(Columnist Thomas) Friedman is the worst. He hasn’t had an original thought in 20 years; he’s an embarrassment. He’s perceived as an idiot who has been wrong about every major issue for 20 years” and that Maureen Dowd “who has been writing the same column since George H. W. Bush was president.”
That’s a liberal that’s being quoted by the way.