The New York Times takes a lot of heat from the right for just existing.
But this week things turned majorly introspective at a newsroom meeting in which a staffer told his coworkers that they all need to remember that they’re not part of the left-wing movement.
That they even needed a reminder on this matter speaks volumes.
The meeting came after Manhattan’s paper of record caught hell when editors ran — and then changed — a headline that put President Trump in a favorable light. The headline changed after the Twitterverse descended on the NYT like an angry swarm of bees.
“Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism,” last Monday’s headline read after Trump delivered a speech denouncing white supremacy after the recent spate of mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso killed 30 people.
Lefty Joan Walsh, a CNN contributor and longtime editor at The Nation, dramatically dropped her subscription. If you lose Joan Walsh you know you’re in trouble (eye roll). (RELATED: Lefties Are Hitting Back At NYT Over Trump Headline)
In the next edition, the NYT changed the headline to “Assailing Hate But Not Guns.”
CNN media writer Oliver Darcy wrote about a newsroom town hall that happened at the behest of Executive Editor Dean Baquet last Friday.
Stating the obvious, one staffer said, “There are a lot of people that think The Times is too liberal, and when you start throwing words like that around, people will accuse us of editorializing.”
Baquet didn’t need his arm twisted. “It was a fucking mess,” he told reporters and editors of the headline choice.
CNN reported that many inside the Times are pushing for even more “aggressive coverage.”
“We have to remember we are not advocates for the left,” a staffer remarked.
The meeting attendee added this zinger: “We are not f—ing part of the resistance.”