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The New York Times (All the News That's Fit to Print™), depending on who you ask, is either a ragsheet run by commies, an obnoxious paywalled establishment ragsheet that is everything wrong with major American news outlets, or a winner of over a hundred Pulitzer Prizes.[2] The Times is best known for its crossword puzzle and for Paul Krugman, both of which send secret messages (through clues and op-ed columns, respectively) that only liberals can understand properly.

If someone is scanning the Times in public, you can be sure they're either a deceitful liberal, or a good conservative checking out what liberals are up to. Someone who laughs while reading the Times is a liberal, as no conservative would ever find the un-American, Muslim-loving articles humorous!

The Times also is widely read at many universities and environmental organizations. When visiting these locations, make sure to keep low by hiding your Wall Street Journal inside the front pages of the Times.

In reality[edit]

While the crazies over at the Media Research Center have accused the Times of having a liberal bias,[3] there have been several instances where the paper has blatantly supported neoconservative policies. For instance, in the wake of Iran-Contra, one editor acknowledged that the Times frequently adhered to the Reagan administration strategy of heavily reporting on human rights abuses in Nicaragua by the leftist Sandinista government as a means to support the right-wing Contras. At the same time, the newspaper usually ignored worse cases by other Central American governments supported by the Reagan administration.[4] More recently, Clark Hoyt, public editor for the Times, steadfastly refused to issue corrections for a discredited story involving the ACORN pimp hoax.[5]

It may be more reasonable to say that if the paper of today has any actual bias, it trends toward American exceptionalism and preserving the establishment status quo, rather than toward any broad political ideology. After all, the same newspaper which once published The Pentagon Papers now sidelines the release of leaked Afghan War documents in favor of personal attacks on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.[6] The Times' coverage of the leaks was strikingly suspect when compared with other media outlets; the paper chose to focus on doing its best to make sure the US didn't look bad, and refused to admit the documents showed that government officials had ever lied about anything.[7] Following the same lines, it also led the charge on not calling waterboarding torture when it was being done by the US,[8] while at the same time not caring to be pedantic when it came to the same abuses done by others.[9] It finally made a rule change in 2014.[10]

Media Bias/Fact Check lists the New York Times as left-center.[11]

The New York Times has published articles that are sympathetic to astrology and other pseudosciences.[12][13][14][15] (Most of these are in the Woo Style section.) In fact, they have a whole column dedicated to this deceit.[16] To be fair, they also publish pieces from pseudoscience critics.[17][18]

Iraq War coverage[edit]

The most notable controversy the paper has faced was that centering on its coverage leading up to the Iraq War.[19] Especially troublesome were stories backing the American government's position on WMD's in Iraq, authored prominently by reporter Judith MillerWikipedia.[20] Miller's articles, which more or less echoed the claims of Bush administration officials, were then cited by those very same officials as justifications for war. Truthiness in motion, you could say.

Not to be outdone, fellow Times journalist Thomas Friedman backed the war effort to the extreme, repeatedly asserting (contrary to the reality on the ground) that all was well, and that we were likely to see the end of the conflict somewhere within the next Friedman Unit. So widely criticized was the Times coverage on Iraq, they even had to print a half-hearted apology when all was said and done.[21]

Despite all of the above, the New York Times does manage to produce some high quality journalism. The Times has won 130 Pulitzer PrizesWikipedia as of May 2021.

Anti-trans legislation[edit]

In an analysis of Time coverage of nationwide anti-trans legislation from February 2023 to February 2024, Media Matters for America in association with GLAAD found that two-thirds of articles did not include the perspective of trans people. Eighteen percent of the articles also included anti-trans misinformation.[22]

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  1. Bruce Bartlett (April 29, 2017). Archived from the original on September 9, 2023. Twitter.
  2. See the Wikipedia article on List of Pulitzer Prizes awarded to The New York Times., as it keeps increasing every year
  3. For example, the MRC operates a website critical of the newspaper,
  4. Questionnaire for the New York Times on Its Central America Coverage, Extra!: January/February 1988.
  5. NYT and the ACORN Hoax
  6. The Times channels the Nixon administration
  7. NYT vs. the world: WikiLeaks coverage
  8. "From the 1930s to 1999 the New York Times described waterboarding as torture 81% of the time; from 2002 to 08, 1.4%" - Yep
  9. NYT and “torture”: Searching for a justification
  10. The NYT is calling CIA torture "torture" now that it's too late to do anything about it
  19. How Chalabi and the White House held the front page
  20. The Great WMD Hunt, Extra!: July/August 2003.
  21. NYT "Apology"
  22. Seen but not heard: The New York Times failed to quote trans people in two-thirds of stories on anti-trans legislation in a one-year period: From February 15, 2023, through February 15, 2024, another 18% of such articles included anti-trans misinformation with no fact-checking (03/26/24 10:01 AM EDT) Media Matters for America.