The Grey Lady is a victim of her own poison

new-york-times-buildingOther newspapers are more biased than The New York Times, but few are more intellectually dishonest about admitting it.

The Times is the flagship example of what America’s mainstream media has become. Oh, how the reputation of the mighty Grey Lady has fallen.

When we read articles in the liberal press, sometimes we forget that this crowd’s hidden agenda promotes its skewed worldview of story and slant. Claiming to “protect the right of the public to know,” The Times hides behind this majestic aspiration while foisting its leftist pabulum. It puts on its clerical robes and, with pure hypocritical holiness, tells readers how much it is safeguarding the public interest. It sees itself as the unpopular watchdog, dismissing the Times Mirror’s findings from many years ago that 71 percent of Americans believe the press “gets in the way of society solving its problems.”

This is the age of the “drive-by media,” where character assassination is rampant, rumors are often touted as fact and people’s reputations and careers are hit so hard that they cannot overcome the smears. Such actions are similar to drive-by shooters who pull up to a crowd and spray bullets into the group.

The past few years have taught us that mainstream media can no longer be trusted. This has been a long process, but it achieved critical mass during the last two presidential campaigns, when the leftist media overwhelmingly slanted reporting to get President Obama elected. Not surprisingly, The Times always buys into Democratic ideology during election time.

The Times, especially, fiercely opposes free markets while overwhelmingly advocating for high taxes, big government and increased regulation of all aspects of human life. Its negative drumbeat would bury the principle, “that which governs least, governs best.”

For example, consider The Times’ pride and joy, its disingenuous, failed economist, Paul Krugman. This man’s record of inaccurate economic predictions speaks volumes about the political ideology of the Nobel Prize committee members who gave him the award. “Wrong-Way” Krugman is the Keynesian who implored Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan to create “a housing bubble,” whom The Wall Street Journal said “praised Veterans Affairs as a triumph of ‘socialized medicine,’” and who wrote shortly before the eruption of the Eurozone crisis, “Europe is an economic success, that … shows that social democracy works.” Wrong way, indeed.

And let’s remember how The Times’ reporters emotionally embrace the environmental movement. They have stormed across the boundary from accurate reporting to advocacy, describing land-use controversies as turf battles between protectors of the Earth and polluters.

Some of the more unintentionally hilarious political utterances have been reported in The Times as serious dialogue, like when Hillary Clinton blurted out on NBC’s “Today” show that a “vast right-wing media conspiracy” was responsible for all that ailed her and her husband’s credibility.

The result? The Times’ blind allegiance to left-wing proposals helps spawn an anti-capitalist mentality in the public mind. Its “journalism” uses hit pieces and spin to marginalize public figures who do not support The Times’ political agenda. Sometimes, opinion is printed as news.

The real ethical violation is that The Times denies it is biased or left-wing in promoting an agenda. But the American public senses otherwise. A few years ago, the Rasmussen Report found that about four times as many survey respondents believe The Times has a liberal slant than a conservative slant. The public has voted by cancelling subscriptions. The newspaper suffered a 25 percent drop in print circulation between 2009 and 2013, forcing it to cut more than 1,000 jobs since 2005 and sending its stock price plummeting from over $40 to $14 in the last 10 years. Free-market capitalism has a way of putting reality front and center, so things are bound to get worse for The Times unless the newspaper, a victim of its own poison, changes its errant behavior.

“All the news that’s fit to print” has been exposed as a counterfeit philosophy, not a journalistic promise.

John R. Smith

John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company.
John R. Smith

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