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Breaking news (not really): New York Times Ombudsman finds not all issues and causes treated equally

by | Aug 27, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Arthur Brisbane

It’s not exactly breaking news that the “mainstream” media has no use for pro-lifers, among others, but it always helps to hear an insider join in the chorus. Especially so as the Republican National Convention begins and the bias is on full display.

The New York Times  outgoing “Public Editor” (Times-speak for Ombudsman) used his final column to say very, very complimentary things about the Times. Indeed until the very end it’d very hard for Arthur Brisbane to be much more flattering. But then he made a gaffe—that is, he told the truth.

Brisbane first observed that “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?” It can’t be good if the paper really believe its pretense that it covers controversial issues ‘straight.”

While it’s hard to believe that the Times actually believes its coverage is anything approaching down the middle, nonetheless it clearly stung executive editor Jill Abramson when he wrote that across the paper’s many departments “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 that fit in comfortably with this worldview are “overloved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects,” according to Brisbane.

And guess what perspective does not fit in with “political and cultural progressivism “ (as defined by the New York Times)? Ironically the most progressive view of all—that unborn children are deserving of legal protection, too.

Categories: Media Bias