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New York Times Has ‘Lost Its Way,’ Majority Say After Watching Debate


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Ira Stoll

July 30 2021

The New York Times has “lost its way,” say more than half of audience members who watched a formal debate on the topic.

Voting is still open on the resolution at intelligencesquaredus.org, the website of the nonprofit organization that hosted and organized the debate.

“Readers of the New York Times lose touch with reality,” said a professor at John Hopkins University, Yascha Mounk, who participated in the debate in favor of the motion. Batya Ungar-Sargon, author of the forthcoming book Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy, said the Times has chosen to cater to a passionate audience of partisan progressive activists rather than provide objective, traditional, unbiased journalism.

Even a debater who argued against the proposition that the Times has lost its way, former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno, conceded afterward, “I think there is insufficient ideological diversity in the reporting ranks. It does matter.”



I haven't watched it (there's only 24 hours in a day and I have to go to the bathroom sometime!) :D

July 30 2021

What's happening at The New York Times?

The paper of record is under fire. Critics argue it has sacrificed journalistic and intellectual balance in favor of correcting historic inequalities. In the process, they say, that effort has stifled dissent and promoted social justice above all else. Not so, say its defenders. The paper has indeed evolved, they argue. Yet that evolution has been proven a particular strength in such tumultuous times. Subscriptions are up, while both casting a critically important lens on historically disenfranchised groups and maintaining its core commitment to high editorial standards and a wide breadth of reporting.

So here's the debate: "Has the New York Times Lost Its Way?"

For the Motion: Yascha Mounk - Author, "The People vs. Democracy" Batya Ungar-Sargon - Deputy Opinion Editor, Newsweek Magazine

Against the Motion: Frank Sesno - Former CNN Washington Bureau Chief Virginia Heffernan - Columnist, Wired Magazine

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