Liberal Media Turns On Itself As NYT Promises To "Rededicate" Itself To "Honest" Reporting

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In a letter from its owner and executive editor, the New York Times, a biased media outlet which together with the rest of the liberal press misreported on the presidential race - whether due to conflicts of interest or due to sheer stupidity - from day one, leading to such idiotic forecasts as an 86% probability for Hillary to win as recently as one week ago (contrast with our own prediction):

... Arthur Sulzberger, the owner and publisher of the NYT, promised that the paper would “reflect” on its coverage of this year’s election, as it "rededicates" itself to reporting on “America and the world” honestly.

To be sure, that would be a vast change from the NYT's existing coverage of events, even though despite the tacit admission of its failure to account for Trump's "stunning" victory, in the same letter Sulzberger also writes that "we believe we reported on both candidates fairly during the presidential campaign."

No, you did not: you were too worried about losing your advertisers who would complain loudly, and threaten to pull their revenue, if they saw even implicit criticism of Hillary Clinton, which meant non stop explicit criticism of Trump. So why bring it up? Because seapking of the all important top-line, the NYT - already suffering from a collapse in ad revenue - which plunged 18.5% in Q3, desperately needs subscribers to keep paying for its disinformation or else the very future of the NYT is in danger. This is how Sulzberger put it:

"you can rely on The New York Times to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president and his team."

What about the same humor?

The full Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. letter sent on November 11 to readers is below:

To our readers,

 

When the biggest political story of the year reached a dramatic and unexpected climax late Tuesday night, our newsroom turned on a dime and did what it has done for nearly two years — cover the 2016 election with agility and creativity.

 

After such an erratic and unpredictable election there are inevitable questions: Did Donald Trump’s sheer unconventionality lead us and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters? What forces and strains in America drove this divisive election and outcome? Most important, how will a president who remains a largely enigmatic figure actually govern when he takes office?

 

As we reflect on this week’s momentous result, and the months of reporting and polling that preceded it, we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you. It is also to hold power to account, impartially and unflinchingly. We believe we reported on both candidates fairly during the presidential campaign. You can rely on The New York Times to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president and his team.

 

We cannot deliver the independent, original journalism for which we are known without the loyalty of our subscribers. We want to take this opportunity, on behalf of all Times journalists, to thank you for that loyalty.

 

Sincerely,

 

Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr.
Publisher

 

Dean Baquet
Executive Editor

Sulzbergers letter was released after the paper’s public editor, Liz Spayd, took the paper to task for its election coverage. She pointed out how its polling feature Upshot gave Hillary Clinton an 84 percent chance as voters went to the polls. She compared stories that the paper ran about President-elect Donald Trump and Clinton, where the paper made Clinton look functional and organized and the Trump discombobulated.

Spayd wrote, “Readers are sending letters of complaint at a rapid rate. Here’s one that summed up the feelings succinctly, from Kathleen Casey of Houston: “Now, that the world has been upended and you are all, to a person, in a state of surprise and shock, you may want to consider whether you should change your focus from telling the reader what and how to think, and instead devote yourselves to finding out what the reader (and nonreaders) actually think.”

She wrote about another reader who asked that the paper should focus on the electorate instead of “pushing the limited agenda of your editors.”

Please come down from your New York City skyscraper and join the rest of us.”

Sulzberger—who insisted that the paper covered both candidates fairly - also sent a note to staffers on Friday reminding the newsroom to “give the news impartially, without fear or favor.”

“But we also approach the incoming Trump administration without bias,” he said.

Critical response to the NYT's biased propaganda and Sulzeberger's letter from outside the liberal universe bastion also came quick: New York Post columnist and former Times reporter Michael Goodwin wrote, "because it (The Times) demonized Trump from start to finish, it failed to realize he was onto something. And because the paper decided that Trump’s supporters were a rabble of racist rednecks and homophobes, it didn’t have a clue about what was happening in the lives of the Americans who elected the new president."

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But the most scathing critique of the NYT's endless propaganda came from within the ultraliberal MSNBC's own Joe Scarborough who slammed not only the NYT, but the entire leftist press, and said that the "Clinton campaign believed until 9 o’clock that they had a lock on this, that they were going to win. That fault of that, actually, lies with the media” who  "stopped being journalists for the past month, and began being cheerleaders, and began being people who had a conclusion that they reached, and then searched for facts to show that Hillary was a 92, 93, 99.999 percent chance winner of winning this campaign."

His criticism of the two most anti-Trump outlets, the New York Times and Jeff Bezos' ego blog, the Washington Post, continued when he said the two putblications became obsessed with fulfilling its prophecies that President-elect Donald Trump could not win, and failed to do its job. “It was there the entire time,” he said of Trump’s march to victory in the election. “They didn’t want to hear it, they didn’t want to see it.”

“I want you guys to think about this, at the Times and the Washington Post, people I know and love. I want you to think about this,” Scarborough said.

“When anybody even made the suggestion that Donald Trump could be elected president of the United States, it was their journalistic standards that were questioned,” he said.

He then accused the Times of acting out of intention, not ignorance. “You had a complete blind spot, and you wanted to keep it that way. It was much easier for you to stay in Manhattan and say that they are all racists and bigots.

He added that if the editors of the Times still believe that 50 million Americans are “racists and bigots … I take pity on you.”

Accusing the NYT reporters of living in their own world, he said “you don’t understand what’s going on. Let’s face it: I didn’t understand what’s going on out there. But you know what (co-host Mark Halperin) and I did that you didn’t do? You know what (co-host Mika Brzezinski) did that you didn’t do? We actually talked to people in Middle America. And they told us they were hurting, and they told us why they were voting for Trump,” he said.

Instead, he said, the Times had only one mission.  “Think about what you did. You were trying to help Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump,” Scarborough said.

“You completely ignored the world,” he added.

As he was slamming the NYT, Scarborough held up the front page of Thursday morning’s "shocked" Times with a lead headline that read, “Democrats, Students and Foreign Allies Face the Reality of a Trump Presidency.”

“This is staggering, it really is. This is the day after a surprising underdog sweeping victory and their headline is not ‘Disaffected Americans Have a Champion Going to the White House’ or ‘The Country Votes for Fundamental Change,’” Halperin chimed in.

“The headline is about how disappointed the friends of the people who run The New York Times are. This shows that the editors of The New York Times—I have the greatest respect for them—don’t get it,” he said. “This is a Saturday Night Live sketch. You went to a cocktail party the night before and you decided to write this.”

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Then there was ultraliberal Michael Moore, who in a facebook post urged to "Fire all pundits, predictors, pollsters and anyone else in the media who had a narrative they wouldn't let go of and refused to listen to or acknowledge what was really going on. Those same bloviators will now tell us we must "heal the divide" and "come together." They will pull more hooey like that out of their ass in the days to come. Turn them off."

Morning After To-Do List:

 

1. Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people. They have failed us miserably.

 

2. Fire all pundits, predictors, pollsters and anyone else in the media who had a narrative they wouldn't let go of and refused to listen to or acknowledge what was really going on. Those same bloviators will now tell us we must "heal the divide" and "come together." They will pull more hooey like that out of their ass in the days to come. Turn them off.

 

3. Any Democratic member of Congress who didn't wake up this morning ready to fight, resist and obstruct in the way Republicans did against President Obama every day for eight full years must step out of the way and let those of us who know the score lead the way in stopping the meanness and the madness that's about to begin.

 

4. Everyone must stop saying they are "stunned" and "shocked". What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren't paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair. YEARS of being neglected by both parties, the anger and the need for revenge against the system only grew. Along came a TV star they liked whose plan was to destroy both parties and tell them all "You're fired!" Trump's victory is no surprise. He was never a joke. Treating him as one only strengthened him. He is both a creature and a creation of the media and the media will never own that.

 

5. You must say this sentence to everyone you meet today: "HILLARY CLINTON WON THE POPULAR VOTE!" The MAJORITY of our fellow Americans preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Period. Fact. If you woke up this morning thinking you live in an effed-up country, you don't. The majority of your fellow Americans wanted Hillary, not Trump. The only reason he's president is because of an arcane, insane 18th-century idea called the Electoral College. Until we change that, we'll continue to have presidents we didn't elect and didn't want. You live in a country where a majority of its citizens have said they believe there's climate change, they believe women should be paid the same as men, they want a debt-free college education, they don't want us invading countries, they want a raise in the minimum wage and they want a single-payer true universal health care system. None of that has changed. We live in a country where the majority agree with the "liberal" position. We just lack the liberal leadership to make that happen (see: #1 above).

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There were countless more such examples of prominent liberals accusing the press of bias and propaganda long after the fact, even as the press itself refuses to admit any guilt, while itself blaming others, and so the circle continues to turn, and nothing changes in a world in which nobody knows what happens next now that the status quo has been crushed by the people.

Finally, speaking of Saturday Night Live sketches, we can't wait to see how the liberal "comedy" show - which just like the NYT existed in a world of its own throughout the presidential campaign - spins the election results tonight.

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KungFuMaster's picture

No way back. Go to McDonalds, snake.

Draybin Deffercon III's picture
Draybin Deffercon III (not verified) Pinto Currency Nov 12, 2016 4:01 PM

Liberal media turns on itself? I've never met a whore in a pillbox, or no... I've never been a priest in a ????, or um... this is good news anyway... but they are still goners!

CheapBastard's picture

"Up your nose with a rubber hose," you bunch of DNC/Soros shills!

Pure lies and propaganda for years has its consequences, you pile of turds. Same for CNN and NPR.

Notveryamused's picture

It's a subsidised media propaganda outlet. No globalist puppet in the White House equals less subsidy.

They may have to do 'some' actual journalism for the next 4 years both to pay the bills and recover their readership and because they hope to have at least a shred of credibility when the next election rolls round so that they can spew propaganda again.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Notveryamused Nov 12, 2016 4:15 PM
"Rededicate" Itself To "Honest" Reporting

 

I'm glad that they puiblically admitted that they are dishonest.  The first step.  (They'll stop there, of course.)

rehypothecator's picture

It is theoretically impossible for them to "rededicate" themselves to something they were never dedicated to in the first place.  

researchfix's picture

You cannot make this up. So now they sensed something was wrong. But they haven´t detected it was them behaving wrong.

wee-weed up's picture

Hey, New York Slimes... You want fries with that Whopper?

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Dear Jew York Slimes,

Please gas yourselves.

Sincerely,
White America

PS-- Hail Trump, Hail Victory

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Too late now joos. You wish to exterminate us and lie while you do. We know who you are and we're coming for you.

Joe Davola's picture

I can understand Moore trying to console himself with the national vote count, but that just highlights how poor her campaign was in spite of its vaunted "ground game". They got out ground gamed in every state that mattered against the 'bumbling, stumbling, disorganized' opposition.

Also, they might as well have had a random number generator behind that % chance at victory. I still think her campaign knew they were in trouble and was the reason they switched from fireworks to sparklers.

Notveryamused's picture

Yeah, Trump had a fraction of the funds & resources the Globalists did but maximised them to good effect in the battleground states & got the vote where it mattered, even though he still spent a fraction of Hillary even there.

If you live in California/similar you only received the MSM propaganda. Had Trump incorrectly focused resources in those places he would have easily had a higher popular vote total as more people would have been exposed to his message without the propaganda filter. However this would have been strategically incorrect, given the electoral system he was competing in, with his limited by comparison resources.

Dakota Kid's picture

Forget California, these warped mental cases are too far gone.

We have Gov Brown, that the morons elected twice, who has signed legislation to reduce cow farts.

 

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2016/09/19/gov-jerry-brown-signs-law-regu...

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

You live in a country where a majority of its citizens have said...they don't want us
invading countries... We live in a country where the majority agree with the
"liberal" position.

I am supposed to believe that I live in a nation where a majority don't want us invading other countries, and that this is also the position of the "Liberals" that have run America for the last 8 years?

Is Michael Moore too high, or too stupid, to read the fucking scoreboard?

"Countries bombed: Obama 7, Bush 4."

He is clearly just another divide and rule propagandist.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-17/be-very-wary-choices-you-are-gi...

Joe Davola's picture

I'm sure reporting (propagandizing) on the red country is gonna be a plum assignment!

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Joe Davola Nov 12, 2016 6:41 PM

"...we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism."

The fact that they even admit to needing this means they should be OUT OF BUSINESS.  It's like a murderer saying he is going to rededicate himself to not murdering anymore so he shouldn't be charged with the previous crime.

 

froze25's picture

And now because of this, president Trump will be giving access to "alt-right" media instead of the mainstream media.  They have created a competitive field by being openly bias. The irony is so sweet. The green frog people are now the new media. Real news again,  it only took 100 years but now a new dawn is here. Trump 2016, screw the Globalist 

Fish Gone Bad's picture

"stopped being journalists for the past month"

Just a month?  Parrots can't tell time very well either.

letsit's picture

People will have a rude awakening about the real Trump.
https://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/views-of-news/#trumpmeans

beauticelli's picture
beauticelli (not verified) letsit Nov 12, 2016 9:59 PM

He's like all the rest.

Mr. Universe's picture

When my Dad moved in with us he wanted to read the paper and I had not subscribed in years. I figured why not go with the mother of all lying media, the NYT.  I tried to read it once but I thought after I read a story I was on Acid. After determining it was just a reporters bad trip I vowed to stay far away. I feel dirty even picking up the paper and bringing it in the house. At least Dad likes it, then again he has dementia.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

I think we're all being a little too harsh here. It might be very therapeutic for the Old Grey Lady to self-flagellate herself before the world. It probably won't cure her but it will be entertaining to watch. What's exactly the procedure when she re-offends? (A fair question to ask considering her recidivism rates.)

jeff montanye's picture

yes indeed, her recidivism rate nears 100%.  the most memorable prior time was judith miller (she was not alone) helping lie us into the war in iraq.  they promised to be oh so good after that.

but they can't be, because they are zionists first and reporters second (or third, they are also corporatists, etc.) (or fourth, they . . . .)

but what does it really matter?  trump was endorsed by between 9 and 26 u.s. newspapers, counting both the national enquirer and the crusader, official newspaper of the ku klux klan.  hillary was endorsed by 500.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspaper_endorsements_in_the_United_State...

she outspent him two to one.

she had nearly every singer and movie star on her side.

she lost 290 to 228.

RiverRoad's picture

The Clinton machine, Bill and Hillary, climbed in bed with Wall Street et al and sold out the Democrat party lock stock and barrel for the moola, bottom line.  Trump saw that they had done this, brilliantly moved into the vacuum, and stole the electorate out from under their noses. 

The cherry on top now will be to see most of that moola removed from their wallets in the form of huge civil fines and legal fees which they will no longer be able to bill to their charitable foundation..

neutrino3's picture

"Trump saw that they had done this, brilliantly moved into the vacuum, and stole the electorate out from under their noses."

Wrong. We all brilliantly moved him there and stole electorate. Give us selves reward.

 

 

fleur de lis's picture

If Trump gives more interviews to the alternative media that will loosen the chokehold that the MSM has had on us all this time.

In addition to the American outlets, he has to speak directly to the Russians, Iranians, North Koreans, and others whose issues have been filtered through the lies of the MSM. 

No matter what he said or promised on the trail, he will be briefed as to the actual state of affairs which differs completely from what the MSM liars have been yammering.

So we should expect some changes in his statements as he learns more.

Joe Davola's picture

Shoulda, woulda, coulda...

otschelnik's picture

Letter of reader to NY Times

dear arthur, 

malfeasance has names, and let's name them.  In the case of your biased election coverage the names are:

- amy chozick - mark liebovitch - maggie haberman

these journalists were caught in the wikileaks podesta emails openly colluding with the HRC election campaign and the DNC on multiple occasions.  let's face it, what you call 'framing the narrative' is nothing more than good old propoganda, and to my despair turned your esteemed newspaper into a rag.  these practices were so severe that it lead campaign communications director palmieri to refer to the NY Times as "our press" (podesta email wikileak no. 3522).  

let's name names further.  certainly your editor dean baquet also shares full responsibility and blame for this egregious compromise of integrity.  who else?  are you going to fire anybody arthur, or will the perpetrators pass unpunished, like debbie wasserman, seamlessly going from the DNC to the HRC campaign, after she 'fixed' the democratic primaries?   

the NY Times supressed the scandals exposed in wikileaks on the premise that they were a Russian sponsored leak although there is absolutely no proof of that, and to date you have failed to report adequately on the rampant corruption in the DNC, the Clinton Foundation, and in the appalling disinformation published by you and the rest  of the main stream media with the intent of skewing the election. 

so now your 3rd quarter add revenue fell by 18.3% according to press reports.  now you need us, and you're sorry.  well Arthur, you're a day late and a dollar short.  

cordially

otschelnik

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Does this mean they're bringing back Judith Miller?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) SoilMyselfRotten Nov 12, 2016 9:50 PM

Young people thought they were in charge due to college degrees, technology and Trump win was  a kick in the gut.

"I don't agree with this!" those who have never paid a dime of tax in their lives are destroying public property, blocking roads, smashing windows.

Bring out the live ammo, they are irredeemable.

 

shuckster's picture

I am a young person, and I respect your resolve

jeff montanye's picture

many are deplorable perhaps.  but irredeemable?  no.  they still believe television for god sakes; give them time.

and advice.

slicktroutman's picture

The live ammo should be reserved for the likes of Soros and company. His political action groups are responsible for insighting the protesters. His funding needs to be cut off.

Row Well Number 41's picture

...that the morons elected twice...

 

4 times he was elected twice in the 70's before term limits, so he got grandfathered in.

SheHunter's picture

If it's any consolation my mom is a 77 year old pot-growing, artist, northern CA native and she ......voted for Trump.  Really.  My god I love that crazy woman. 

jeff montanye's picture

in many ways trump totally outflanked hillary on the left.  the clintons always said the left didn't matter because where will they go?  apparently some to the white house, without the clintons.

i would like to know how many bernie voters trump got, not to mention democrats that didn't vote in the primaries.

if trump makes peace with russia, stops the wars, brings the banksters to justice and repeals obamacare/starts single payer, lincoln may get some company on his left.  that's humor, but for a point.

BabaLooey's picture

Your Mom is smart.

Good on her!

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Dakota Kid Nov 12, 2016 11:15 PM

"We have Gov Brown, that the morons elected twice, who has signed legislation to reduce cow farts."

 

So basically, the cow jumped over the moon[beam], while the moon[beam] jumped the shark.

 

OK ~ Got it!

PrayingMantis's picture

 

meanwhile ... Cankles files for divorce ... >>> "Hillary Files for Divorce: Rogue Couple to Split Stolen Assets" >>> http://beforeitsnews.com/war-and-conflict/2016/11/hillary-files-for-divorce-rogue-couple-to-split-stolen-assets-2463987.html 

 

SheHunter's picture

Not true.  Don't believe the nat enq crap.  Would be fun if it was true.

WillyGroper's picture

that site rings true about 50% of the time.

now if true, if these parasites were ever indicted, that lil spousal thingy re: testifying could pose some interesting theater.

Nobody For President's picture

If you live in California/similar you only received the MSM propaganda.

 

Nope - we also had access to the Internet and ZH, among other real news outlets.

BennyBoy's picture

 

The NYT continues lying.

Paul E. Math's picture

Did you notice that Joe Scarborough subtly tried to undermine the legitimacy of Trump's victory when he said that HRC supporters didn't bother to ring phones and knock on doors because they had been told by the media that victory for HRC was assured.

He is suggesting that Trump wouldn't have won the election if the media had been more accurate in their predictions.  He is suggesting that Trump shouldn't have won.

Sneaky little fucker.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Gaius Frakkin' Baltar Nov 12, 2016 9:08 PM

 

 

Putin officially declared: George Soros is a wanted man, dead or alive September 25, 2016/

 

Russia have officially declared that billionaire George Soros is a wanted man in their country, citing him and his organizations as a “threat to Russian National Security”.

Putin banned Soros from Russia last year due to the fact that Soros helped to nearly destroy the Russian economy in the early 1990’s.

Fisherman Blue's picture

Then Trump must deport him to Russia and free Snowden.

opport.knocks's picture

Interesting question... would Trump ever agree to trading Soros for Snowden? Seems pointless, Soros is nearing the end of his life and his money/foundations would still carry on through his kid and other proteges.