The descent of the New York Times continues.
What once was a credible newspaper continues on its journey to becoming little more than a partisan rag dispensing sensationalist garbage, but with more polysyllabic words than The National Enquirer.
Here is the latest example, via these excerpts from Megan Keller’s article at thehill.com
Nikki Haley, President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, said Thursday that The New York Times knew she had not been involved in the purchase of expensive curtains for her New York residence when it printed a story implying she did.
“They knew the facts and they released the story anyway,” Haley told Fox News’ “The Story.”
The Times issued an editor’s note at the top of its piece, which was originally titled “Nikki Haley’s View of New York is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701.”
“An earlier version of this article and headline created an unfair impression about who was responsible for the purchase in question,” read the editors’ note attached to the article after publication.
“The article should not have focused on Ms. Haley, nor should a picture of her have been used,” the note added.
The tried-and-true technique for unfairly defaming someone – say, a key player in a presidential administration you despise – is to publish defamatory material, let it sink into the minds of readers, and then, after it is etched into their minds, saying “whoops, we should have said that differently, sorry”…knowing the damage has already been done.
It is obvious to me that The New York Times utilized that technique on Ambassador Haley.
If Ms. Haley eventually runs for President – a possibility that has seriously been talked about – do you doubt that the original Times article, with the original headline and picture, will be used against her? That she will have to defend herself against this fraudulent accusation then, as she has to do now?
Maybe The Times can get its newest editorial board member, sarah jeong, of “Oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men,” and “Fuck the police” notoriety, to write an explanatory piece. Since Ms. Haley is neither White nor a police officer, jeong might give her at least some semblance of a fair shake.
It is this exactly this kind of “reporting”, along with the addition of overtly racist sarah jeong to its staff, that caused me, a lifelong reader of the New York Times, to cancel my subscription…
…and which reassures me I made the right decision when doing so.