Does The New York Times harbor an institutional bias against the Clintons, prompting the country’s most influential newspaper to accentuate the negative and minimize the positive in portraying one of America’s more powerful political families? Of course not, says Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet.
On Sunday, the New York Times published a massive exposé of Amazon's "punishing" work culture. The company, the Times alleged, "is conducting a little-known experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers, redrawing the boundaries of what is acceptable." The anecdotes from the article are searing. "Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk," said Bo Olson, who worked in Amazon's book marketing department. A woman who gave birth to a stillborn child recalled being told that "to make sure my focus stayed on my job." Other employees report emails that land after midnight and are followed by texts if a reply doesn't materialize quickly enough. The article details an internal system that allows Amazon's employees to anonymously report on each other's work habits.
On the fourth of July, the New York Times gave its readers a first extended look at the political history of Bernie Sanders in Vermont. The article, by Sarah Lyall, is titled "Bernie Sanders's Revolutionary Roots Were Nurtured in '60s Vermont." This sketch of the young Sanders is free of obvious malice. It would serve its purpose less effectively if it were malicious. The attitude that Lyall adopts toward Senator Sanders is, instead, mildly and cheerfully disparaging -- affectionate, but at the proper distance of condescension; ironically agreeable, as you are allowed to be in dealing with a second cousin or an eccentric uncle who is a bit of a blowhard. Hers is not the first such article to appear on Sanders in the Times.
Beloved New York Times media reporter David Carr died suddenly on Thursday night, leaving friends, readers, and colleagues reeling from the unimaginable loss. Known for his blunt humor and generous spirit, Carr was one of journalism's sharpest media critics. As his friend and former colleague Brian Stelter put it, "He was the best and most important media reporter of our time and he was explaining this revolution that's happening to the world around us." Here, some wit and wisdom from his writings and interviews.
What an opportunity for New York Times reporter Mark Landler: A joint news conference in Beijing between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. As China watchers well know, top Chinese leaders aren’t accustomed to providing such openness, and they did so in this instance at the insistence of U.S. officials, with whom China just inked a deal on capping carbon emissions. The New York Times has had massive difficulties securing visas for its reporters in China, as the newspaper has noted in its own coverage.
Nicholas Kristof, a white columnist for the New York Times, has a confession: He’s “a little bit racist.” It’s a conclusion he came to after playing a first-person shooter video game wherein he found himself shooting unarmed black men more often than white men. In the op-ed, titled “Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?,” Kristof ticks through some statistics demonstrating that white Americans are perceived by others in a more favorable way than black ones. One of those stats involves a University of Colorado study that had participants play the game and try to shoot different images of men either carrying a gun (“bad guys”) or something else, like a bottle (“good guys”). Most players, black or white, were more likely to shoot the unarmed black men than the unarmed white men.
After describing Michael Brown as "no angel," the New York Times caught some hell on Twitter and beyond. The description came in a profile of Brown, the black 18-year-old whose death at the hands of a white Ferguson, Mo. police officer has generated weeks of racial tension.
In April of 2010, New York Times opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof was preparing to head out on a reporting expedition to Sudan when he stopped in at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to chat with students about his career covering conflict abroad. Four years earlier, Kristof had won his second Pulitzer Prize for what the committee called “graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur and that gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world.” Now, on the eve of another trip to the region, the forum’s moderator, Filipina investigative journalist Sheila Coronel, asked Kristof if he ever got depressed at the prospect of flying halfway around the world to hunt down another sad story.
New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan today called on New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to audit his own stories about Somaly Mam, a Cambodian activist whose story was debunked by a recent Newsweek investigation. Titled “Somaly Mam: The Holy Saint (and Sinner) of Sex Trafficking,” the piece documents inconsistencies in Mam’s life story as well as deep problems with the stories of alleged beneficiaries of the Somaly Mam Foundation, which is “dedicated to eradicating the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls in Southeast Asia, and empowering survivors as part of the solution.”
You need a machete these days to whack through the thicket of misinformation, disinformation, spin, propaganda and straight-out lying that daily envelopes the Ukraine crisis like kudzu on an Alabama telephone pole. But an outline of an outcome is now faintly discernible. Here is my early call: We witness an American intervention in the process of failing, and the adventure’s only yields will be much pointless suffering among Ukrainians and life for years to come in the smothering embrace of a justifiably suspicious Russian bear.
An in-depth examination of the 2012 attack on an American outpost in Benghazi, Libya, is not the exoneration of President Barack Obama and his foreign policy team that some allies have hailed it to be -- even if the administration's noted failings have little to do with the preferred topics of Republican critics.
A BOYISH-LOOKING AMERICAN DIPLOMAT was meeting for the first time with the Islamist leaders of eastern Libya’s most formidable militias. It was Sept. 9, 2012. Gathered on folding chairs in a banquet hall by the Mediterranean, the Libyans warned of rising threats against Americans from extremists in Benghazi. One militia leader, with a long beard and mismatched military fatigues, mentioned time in exile in Afghanistan. An American guard discreetly touched his gun.
The New York Times is in the Snowden game. The paper — which NSA leaker Edward Snowden deliberately avoided over his fear that it would cooperate with the United States government — is now working with the Guardian on a series of stories based on documents that detail National Security Agency cooperation with its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ.
Not everyone liked Nate Silver's approach, but many are disappointed that he's leaving The Times.
Steaming past Guantánamo, en route to the Cayman Islands, a boatload of Republicans ponder the plight of a party at sea.
They began as calls for help, information, guidance. They quickly turned into soundings of desperation, and anger, and love. Now they are the remembered voices of the men and women who were trapped on the high floors of the twin towers.
Hijackers rammed jetliners into each of New York's World Trade Center towers yesterday, toppling both in a hellish storm of ash, glass, smoke and leaping victims, while a third jetliner crashed into the Pentagon in Virginia. There was no official count, but President Bush said thousands had perished, and in the immediate aftermath the calamity was already being ranked the worst and most audacious terror attack in American history.