New York Times non-apology
Much has been made about the NY Times letter to its readers. It has been called an apology, but it doesn’t seem like much of an apology to me when it contains this line:
We believe we reported on both candidates fairly during the presidential campaign. You can rely on The New York Times to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president and his team.
Sounds to me like “we did nothing wrong and get prepared for more Trump-bashing.”
As I’ve argued for most of this year, I think we in the mainstream media — especially cable television — sometimes bungled coverage of Trump. There was too much uncritical television coverage of Trump because he was good for ratings; then there was not enough investigation of his business dealings, racism and history of sexual assaults, and too much false equivalency that equated the two candidates as equally flawed.
In other words, Kristof is saying “the only thing we did wrong is that we weren’t biased enough against Trump.”
Of course, Kristof only writes for himself and not the management of the news organization that pays him for his column, but I strongly suspect that the majority of journalists at the NY Times share Kristof’s worldview.