And in Other News, Water is Wet

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 26, 2012

Arthur Brisbane, the public editor of the New York Times, makes the following utterly unremarkable pronouncement in his final column for the paper:

. . . the hive on Eighth Avenue is powerfully shaped by a culture of like minds — a phenomenon, I believe, that is more easily recognized from without than from within.

When The Times covers a national presidential campaign, I have found that the lead editors and reporters are disciplined about enforcing fairness and balance, and usually succeed in doing so. Across the paper’s many departments, though, so many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism — for lack of a better term — that this worldview virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times.

As a result, developments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage seem almost to erupt in The Times, overloved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects.

Expect all of the usual excuses for this bias to come flying out from the Times. But as always, it is nice to see that there are some people ensconced within the Times–like Brisbane–who know better.

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