Monday, July 26, 2004

Take your liberal bias and shove it

Daniel Okrent, public editor for the New York Times, dares to say the paper has a liberal worldview--if not a liberal bias--in his weekly column. Okrent, who was hired in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal, has apparently made few friends in the Old Gray Lady's newsroom because of his uncompromising criticism of many of the Times'--and journalism's--basic tenets. Okrent notes that the Times' editors say their outlook is "urban", but as Okrent notes, half of their readership these days comes from outside New York City, and much of the what they publish--from accounts of avant garde fashion shows to gay marriage announcements--doesn't cut it in the heartland.

On the other side of the media spectrum, my former colleague and Trib op-ed editor Colin McNickle finds himself the subject of national headlines after would-be first lady Teresa Heinz Kerry tells him to "shove it" following a speech she gave in the run-up to the Democratic National Convention. Say what you want about Colin and the Trib's conservative editorial page, as video of the event shows, Colin was just doing his job--though knowing Colin, I suspect he's the happiest man on the planet right now.

By the way, Colin is keeping a blog while he's at the convention.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am surprised they did not spike his story, but then again it is not a revelation. I wish the newspapers, and media in this country would adopt one European idea. They should finally admit to being advotes for a point for view, instead of dancing around the eliphant in the living room. The idea that reporters have no opinion, and are roboticly objective is childish.

- AtPC

5:51 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

You'll get no argument here.

6:23 PM

Blogger fester said...

I agree with anonymous also: I have no problem with Fox as long as it admits that it goes conservative whenever there is a chance to slant a story, and I have no problem with the NY Times if they go liberal when they have a chance to slant a story as long as they admit that they have a viewpoint, even if it is "urban, Northeastern metro."

Second question that I would like to have is to see what propostion of the NY Times circulation occurs in the home county of the largest city in the top 20 MSAs. I imagine that this population will make up a good chunk of the 50% of non-NYC MSA circulation. An urban outlook finds a natural market there.

5:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh come on fester, FOX is not the problem. Fox is the solution. It is the balance that people have been hungry for. That is why their numbers are through the roof. While the mainstraim media is on a glide path down, down, down.

FOX always has liberals in thier discussion groups, usually 50% (2 out of 4). Anyplace else you are lucky to have one token Republican, then a squishy wobbly one like Brooks, or Gergan.

The problem is the ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, et. al. dance away from it. Never mind they are a revolving door for left of center staffers, George S., Russert, Mathews, the Clinton cabal at CNN. The NYT does not have to go liberal. It always has. It just finally admitted to it. Sort of. They right it off as a fashion statement, not a political point of view.


6:23 PM


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