Despite the fact that the New York Times has performed miserably from a financial standpoint and recently saw a massive value loss due to crashing ad revenue, I know of no plans for them to go all digital as was the case for another icon of US “journalism”, the $1 wonder – Newsweek.
Maybe the NYT could help itself by actually reporting news rather than the left wing version of “news” which tends to be less than the full accounting of anything. John Hinderaker has a perfect example of how this works as he notes the hyped, hyper-contextualized, breathless reporting on the trumped up al Qaqaa “scandal” from right before the 2004 election and the absolute embargo of any reportage by the leftist media on the Benghazi disaster today:
It is hard to imagine how any newspaper could ignore, or even try to downplay, a story of this magnitude. Yet, if you rely on the New York Times for information, you know little about the battle of Benghazi, and nothing at all about the explosive account that emerged on Friday, fueled in part by the anger of the father of one of the dead American operatives…
Incredible as it may seem, the Times is trying to ignore the charge that the Obama administration rejected calls for help from embattled troops on the ground in Benghazi. Is the Times always so reluctant to cover a foreign policy scandal in the last days of a presidential campaign? Well, no. It depends entirely on which party is in office.
Cast your memory back to October 2004, when George W. Bush was running for re-election against John Kerry, and the Times was trying to help the Kerry campaign any way it could. Eight years ago, the Times fabricated a foreign policy “scandal” out of whole cloth and pushed its faux expose relentlessly, in hopes of unseating a Republican president. The Times’s now-forgotten cause celebre of 2004 was called al Qaqaa.
We all know how much the left hates Fox News but in the words of Brit Hume, they are basically forcing Fox to cover it because they won’t:
“…one of the problems we’re having here is, that it has fallen to this news organization, Fox News and a couple others, to do all the heavy lifting on this story.”
The Guardian in the UK is such a lefty paper, even more so than the NYT, and it is rumored to be going all digital within the next two years – but I actually hope it, the NYT and even Newsweek all survive because we need this window into the mind of the institutional left. London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has an op ed in the Telegraph today that I found to be spot on and quite funny as well. In speaking about the Guardian, he also echoes my feelings about the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe when he says:
Guilt-ridden Lefties will need it to swat the mosquitoes in Tuscany, or to light the wood-burning stoves in their second homes, or to line the tuck boxes of their little ones as they guiltily pack them off – like dear Polly Toynbee – to their fee-paying schools. And it would be a calamity for us Conservatives if we no longer knew what the enemy was thinking. We need a paper that is genuinely, viscerally hostile to anything that looks remotely like a spirit of enterprise and competition. We need a paper that believes capitalism is fundamentally flawed; that wishes fewer people had jobs in financial services; that thinks the euro was and still is a jolly fine idea; that dislikes the ideology of home ownership (except for Guardian journalists, who are allowed to have more than one); that dislikes anything “elitist” (except for the schools attended by the children of Guardian journalists).
We need a paper that believes the answer to all problems is more tax and more regulation. We need to have the enemy in plain view, on the table, in the shops – not skulking online. We need to know what not to think. So I appeal now to all Conservatives and indeed anyone interested in preserving our national heritage. Even if we only have a few hundred copies left, let us keep the Guardian’s print edition – displayed in town halls, perhaps, like the People’s Daily. Never mind the badger. Save the Guardian from extinction!
Save the New York Times!